Bourns College of Engineering Welcomes 16 New Faculty Members

Meet the new faculty and learn about their research

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Winston Chung Hall

Meet BCOE’s new faculty members:

Xiaoping Hu

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Xiaoping Hu

Xiaoping Hu is the chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of UCR’s new Center for Advanced Neurology (UCR-CAN). Dr. Hu’s research focuses on magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, functional MRI, image reconstruction and processing, and molecular imaging. He earned his Ph.D. in Medical Physics with a specialization in MRI at the University of Chicago.

Robert Jinkerson

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Robert Jinkerson

Robert Jinkerson, an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, will conduct research on metabolically engineering biological systems and re-routing native metabolism in microorganisms among other work. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.

Yanran Li

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Yanran Li

Yanran Li, an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on using an understanding of nature’s synthetic power to advance discovery of novel natural products and engineering approaches to natural product biosynthesis. She most recently served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University.

Jinyong Liu

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Jinyong Liu

Jinyong Liu is an assistant professor with the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on water purification catalysts and pollutant detection technologies, chemical destruction of recalcitrant contaminants in water and wastewater, and environmental behavior study and recovery technology for rare elements. Prior to joining UCR, Liu served as a Postdoc at the Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Ahmed Eldawy

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Ahmed Eldawy

Ahmed Eldawy, an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. His research interests lie in the broad area of databases with a focus on big data management. He is currently exploring the use of big data systems in domain-specific applications including, but not limited to, spatial data.

 

Mohsen Lesani

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Mohsen Lesani

Mohsen Lesani is an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research will focus on design, implementation, testing, and verification of safety and liveness of concurrent and distributed systems. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and most recently served as a Postdoc researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vagelis Papalexakis

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Vagelis Papalexakis

Vagelis Papalexakis, an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will focus his research efforts on data mining, machine learning, and data science. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Craig Schroeder

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Craig Schroeder

Craig Schroeder is an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering who earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, physically-based simulation for computer graphics, mathematical modelling, and scientific computing. Since 2011, he has served as a Postdoctoral scholar with the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Chengyu Song

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Chengyu Song

Chengyu Song, an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He will conduct research regarding security and privacy, program analysis, and operating systems.

Heng Yin

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Heng Yin

Heng Yin is an associate professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from The College of William and Mary. His research focuses on system security, malware analysis and detection using binary analysis techniques, and network security. Since 2009, Yin has worked at Syracuse University where he recently had been named an associate professor.

Salman Asif

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Salman Asif

Salman Asif, an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests lie in machine learning and information processing, computational imaging, and compressive sensing. Most recently, Asif served as a Postdoctoral research associate at Rice University.

Hyoseung Kim

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Hyoseung Kim

Hyoseung Kim is an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Kim’s research interests include cyber-physical systems, embedded real-time systems, safety-critical systems, autonomous vehicles, operating systems, virtualization, and multi-core and many-core architectures.

Konstantinos Karydis

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Konstantinos Karydis

Konstantinos Karydis is an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware and has been serving as a post-doctoral researcher in Robotocs at GRASP Lab. His research interests include dynamical systems, robotics, and control.

Sinisa Coh

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Sinisa Coh

Sinisa Coh is an assistant professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey and has been serving as a Postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley researching nanoscience, carbon materials, and superconductors.

 

Chen Li

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Chen Li

Chen Li, an assistant professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, earned his Ph.D. in materials science from California Institute of Technology and has most recently worked as a research scientist in the Geophysical Laboratory at Carnegie Institute for Science. His research interests include application of both existing and emerging neutron scattering techniques and the integration of the unique and complimentary aspects of neutron and x-ray methods.

Shane Cybart

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Shane Cybart

Shane Cybart is an assistant professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include high-transition temperature Josephson devices, superconducting electronics, multiferroic and magnetic oxides, and oxide electronic devices for a diverse range of applications. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science from University of California, San Diego and has most recently served as a project scientist with the Department of Physics at the university.

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