New Faculty at the Bourns College of Engineering

The Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) has seven new faculty this year:

 

Kelley Barsanti

Kelley Barsanti

Kelley Barsanti

Kelley Barsanti, an assistant professor in the Department for Chemical & Environmental Engineering, will conduct research in the atmospheric processes and emissions laboratories at the Center for Environmental Research & Technology. Her research focuses on developing predictive models of atmospheric organic aerosol. She earned her Ph.D. at the OGI School of Science & Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University, and served as an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

 

Zhijia Zhao

Zhijia Zhao

Zhijia Zhao

Zhijia Zhao, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, earned his Ph.D. in computer science at The College of William and Mary in 2015. His research focuses on: programming systems and runtime support for parallel computing — how to make software effectively utilize increasing hardware parallelism (e.g., multicores, vector units and GPUs); approximate computing — how to systematically trade certain accuracy off for more energy efficiency and performance; and smartphone responsiveness and energy efficiency — how to measure and improve users’ smartphone experience.

 

Jiasi Chen

Jiasi Chen

Jiasi Chen

Jiasi Chen, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University. Her research is on optimizing computer networks to improve QoS for the end user. She is particularly interested in mobile and wireless networks, Internet video streaming, and network economics.

 

Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California. His research spans computer architecture, high performance computing and runtime systems. He currently focuses on energy efficient computing systems from datacenter scale to micro-architectures. He also worked on cyber security and non-volatile memory management at Lawrence Livermore National Labs and emerging non-volatile memory architecture at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. R&D.

 

Shaolei Ren

Shaolei Ren

Shaolei Ren

Shaolei Ren, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was previously an assistant professor at Florida International University. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2012, and received the NSF CAREER award in 2015. His research focuses on power-aware computing and systems. He has also done research on cutting the use of water at data centers and resource management to make data centers carbon neutral.

 

P. Alex Greaney

P. Alex Greaney

P. Alex Greaney

P. Alex Greaney, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was previously an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering at UC Berkeley. His research is focused on using computation and theory to understand the fundamental structure-property relationships in materials. The research encompasses thermal properties of materials, mechanical properties, functional nanostructures materials, and computational design of materials. It is aimed at solving problems of energy conversion, energy storage and clean water. He is researching gecko adhesion, battery materials, photocatalysis, creep in superalloys, thermal transport in molecular framework materials and design of shape-shifting materials.

 

Michalis Faloutsos

Michalis Faloutsos

Michalis Faloutsos

Michalis Faloutsos, a professor of computer science and engineering, was previously a professor and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of New Mexico. He was a professor at UC Riverside from 1999 to 2012. His research focuses on web security; network science, complex systems and social networks; network security and measurements; and network protocols. His interests include entrepreneurship: he is the co-founder of stopthehacker.com, a web-security start-up, which received two awards from the National Science Foundation, and got acquired in November 2013. In Aug 2014, he co-founded programize.com, which provides product development as a service.

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