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SEAS welcome 8 new faculty members

Our newest faculty members  enhance the school’s research enterprise in a wide variety of research areas, from cognitive computing and human behavior modeling to large-scale data management systems to nano-fluidics.

“We welcome an exceptional group of faculty who are thought leaders in engineering and applied sciences to our SEAS community.  I look forward to the impact that their research, teaching and leadership is going to have on our scholarly excellence.” says Kemper Lewis, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Below are mini-biographies of each faculty member.

Meet our new faculty

SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he was the program director for Cognitive Computing Systems Research. Xiong was responsible for defining the scientific agenda and strategic directions for advanced cognitive computing systems research across industries, academia and governmental agencies.
  • Research interests: Cognitive computing, big data analytics, deep learning, smarter energy, and application of cognitive computing for industrial solutions.
  • Education: PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles. PhD, Computer Science, Dartmouth College.

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: Rochester Institute of Technology, where she was an assistant professor in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
  • Research interests: Human behavior modeling, sign language understanding and probabilistic modeling.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, University at Buffalo. PhD, Computer Science, Michigan State University.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Joins UB from: The University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and investigated various problems related to energy, environmental, and biological systems.
  • Research interests: Complex fluids and soft matter, transport phenomena, micro/nanofluidics, electrokinetics, drug delivery, bioseparation, bacterial motility, and hydrocarbon recovery.
  • Education: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.: PhD, Systems and Engineering Management, Texas Tech and ScD, Engineering Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: The University of Utah, where he earned his PhD in 2021.
  • Research interests: Large-scale data management systems, with an emphasis on approximate query processing and query optimization, OLTP and OLAP systems, and streaming processing.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, University of Utah.: PhD, Materials Engineering, University of Alberta.

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Engineering Education

  • Joins UB from: The University of South Florida, where she was a visiting instructor and digital teaching fellow in the Department of English.
  • Research interests: Digital pedagogy; inclusive online learning; user experience; social media and the woman question; 20th Century post-modern Russian literature; travel narratives.
  • Education: PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia.: PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University.

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science and Engineering  

  • Joins UB from: Ithaca College, where he was an associate professor of computer science. Prior to that, he taught at Hampshire College, an institution with no grades and no major.
  • Research interests: Computer science education with an emphasis on introductory computer science courses.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst.: PhD, Computer Science, Arizona State University.

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: Marquette University, where he was a PhD student and graduate teaching/research assistant.  
  • Research interests: Clinical data science, medical informatics, mHealth, ethics of data science, and computational sustainability.
  • Education: PhD, Computational Sciences, Marquette University.

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: She has been a teaching assistant at the University at Buffalo, where she developed and offered courses in Reinforcement Learning and Applied Deep Learning, along with leading Introduction to AI course while earning her PhD.
  • Research interests: Optimal control in complex systems, including social behavior modeling, deep reinforcement learning, multi-agent settings, deep learning, adversarial machine learning, transportation and large-scale social system dynamics.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo.: PhD, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame.