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Seven New Faculty Join BCOE in 2012-13


Seven New Faculty Join BCOE in 2012-13

September 21, 2012

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Seven new faculty members join the ranks of the six departments and programs at the Bourns College of Engineering for the 2012-13 academic year, raising the number of ladder-rank faculty at the college to 89.

Zizhong ChenAssistant Professor Zizhong (Jeffrey) Chen is the newest member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests include high performance computing, parallel and distributed systems, fault tolerance and checkpointing, power-aware algorithms and software, grid and cloud computing, numerical algorithms and software, and large scale computer simulations. Zizhong earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his B.S. in mathematics from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. Prior to coming to BCOE, he served as an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Mines.

William H. GroverWilliam H. Grover joins the Department of Bioengineering as assistant professor. Grover brings a diverse expertise in sensors, diagnostics, biomaterials, biophysics, pharmacology, and microfluidics. In his lab, Grover develops precision tools for measuring and exploiting the fundamental physical properties of micron-scale objects like cells, microorganisms, and particles. He is adapting this technique to study microorganism development, characterize biomaterials, monitor blood products, screen drug compounds, and identify environmental pollutants. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Grover comes to BCOE from the Biological Engineering Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his post-doctoral training.

Juchen GuoThe Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering welcomes Assistant Professor Juchen Guo, who also has a dual appointment in UCR's interdepartmental Materials Science and Engineering Program. His main research areas focus on the development of novel materials for energy and environmental technologies. In particular, Guo is interested in polymeric materials synthesis, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, carbon-based nano-composite materials, and their applications in rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaic devices, and water treatment technologies. Guo received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Zhejiang University in China. Prior to joining BCOE, he was an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland and a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University.

David JassbyDavid Jassby also joins the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. His research focuses on membrane technology, water and wastewater treatment, environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology. In his lab, Jassby utilizes developments in nanotechnology, material science, and chemistry and applies them in environmentally relevant applications, with a particular focus on water treatment, including the fate and transport of nanomaterials in the environment. Jassby received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University, his M.S. in civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, and his B.Sc. in biology from Hebrew University in Israel. Prior to BCOE, Jassby was the executive director of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, an NSF-funded research center located at Duke University.

Sandeep KumarSandeep Kumar joins the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department as an assistant professor. His doctoral research explored in situ TEM (transmission electron microscopy) studies on mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms in nanoscale thin films, and multilayer hard coatings. His current research interests include thermo-electro-mechanical coupling in thin films at nanoscale, performance issues with Li-ion battery electrodes and high temperature material characterization. Kumar earned his Ph.D. degree at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, his M.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and his B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from the Regional Engineering College (currently NIT), in Kurukshetra, India.

Haizhou LiuHaizhou Liu joins the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering as assistant professor. Liu's research interests include colloidal metal behavior and redox chemistry in drinking water, chemical remediation of contaminated sites, environmental electrochemistry, and advanced oxidation in water treatment processes. His long-term research goal is to harness chemical reactions and processes of environmental significance to improve water quality and enhance water purification and reuse in engineered applications. Liu received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering and his M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Washington, and his B.S. in environmental engineering from Sichuan University in China. Prior to joining BCOE, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley for two years in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Hamed Mohsenian-RadHamed Mohsenian-Rad joins the Department of Electrical Engineering as assistant professor. Mohsenian-Rad's research interests are in the areas of power management in smart grids, integration of renewable energy sources, smart grid cyber security, and energy and performance management in data centers. Mohsenian-Rad received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, his M.S. in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, and his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Amir-Kabir University of Technology, Iran. Prior to coming to BCOE, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University.

With the exception of Haizhou Liu, whose appointment begins January 1, 2013, the new faculty appointments were effective July 1, 2012.

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