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SEAS welcome 9 new faculty members

Our newest faculty members bring renowned expertise in artificial intelligence, biometrics, computer vision, data visualization/mining, energy harvesting, machine learning, and project/quality management.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome the new members to our SEAS community and I look forward to how their expertise will help lead us to even higher levels of innovation, excellence, and impact,” says Kemper Lewis, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Of the nine, Siwei Lyu and Nalini Ratha join SEAS as SUNY Empire Innovation Professors and both are affiliated with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Meet our new faculty

SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: The University at Albany, State University of New York, where he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science and the founding director of the Computer Vision and Machine Learning Lab.
  • Research interests: Digital media forensics, computer vision and machine learning.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, Dartmouth College.

SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: The IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he was a research staff member.
  • Research interests: Computer vision, artificial intelligence, biometrics and fairness, and trust in AI.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, Michigan State University.

Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Joins UB from: Clarkson University, where she was an associate professor of engineering and management.
  • Research interests: Quality management, project management and lean systems engineering. Overall, her research interests lie in identifying, articulating, and integrating engineering and management principles for developing effective product development and continuous improvement deployment frameworks for successful and sustained performance excellence.
  • Education: PhD, Systems and Engineering Management, Texas Tech and ScD, Engineering Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Joins UB from: Idaho National Laboratory, where she was a postdoctoral associate.
  • Research interests: Multiscale modeling from atom to continuum, computational mechanics and high-performance computing, with applications to nano-/bio-/energy systems.
  • Education: PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Joins UB from: Liu has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UB, where he worked on mechanoelectrical and photo-tribo-tunneling effects.
  • Research interests: Advanced materials and nanomechanics for energy harvesting.
  • Education: PhD, Materials Engineering, University of Alberta.

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Education

  • Joins UB from: The Concord Consortium, where he was a research scientist.
  • Research interests: Agent architecture and AI, design research and design thinking, data visualization, critical studies, data mining, educational technology, case-based methods, research methods, and computational social science.
  • Education: PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering  

  • Joins UB from: The Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was an assistant professor, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, where he was a visiting faculty member this summer.
  • Research interests: Hardware-assisted security, system security, usable security and cybercrime analysis.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, Arizona State University.

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Joins UB from: George Mason University, where she was a PhD student and Graduate Lecturer in the Computer Science Department.
  • Research interests: Machine learning and computational biology.
  • Education: PhD, Computer Science, George Mason University.

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Engineering Education

  • Joins UB from: Nightingale has been serving as an adjunct teaching professor in UB’s Department of Engineering Education, where she taught statics and dynamics.
  • Research interests: Adaptive-optic control and aero-optics.
  • Education: PhD, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame.