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Eleven New Faculty Members Join UTA’s College of Engineering

August 30, 2004

The University of Texas at Arlington‘s College of Engineering has added 11 new faculty members this fall, each recognized for outstanding research and teaching abilities. Their addition is the result of the continuing increase in the number of engineering students and the college’s goal of providing an exceptional learning and research experience.

Dr. Gautam Das will be an associate professor of Computer Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and taught several years at the University of Memphis. Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Das was a researcher with Microsoft Research’s Data Management, Exploration and Mining Group. He is a noted author, speaker and innovator who has filed for eight patents. Dr. Das will teach courses in data mining and query techniques. Dr. Digant Dave will be an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M in 1994 and continued his post-doctoral studies at the University of California at Irvine and UT-Austin. Dr. Dave’s holds a U.S. patent on optical tomography and has four applications in process. His research interests are in the design and development of interferometric optical sensing systems for biomedical applications. He will teach courses in biomedical imaging.

Dr. Brian Dennis will be an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2000. He has been a visiting associate professor at The University of Tokyo. Dr. Dennis’ research interests are in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics and electromagnetics. Dr. Dennis will be teaching Fluid Dynamics. Dr. Babak Fahimi will be an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M in 1999 and was formerly an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of Missouri-Rolla. Dr. Fahimi’s research interests are in electromechanical energy conversion at macro and micro power levels and the application of power electronics in vehicular technologies. He will be teaching a graduate-level power electronics classes. Dr. Stephen Gibbs will be a senior lecturer and the associate chairman for graduate studies and research in Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from UT-Dallas in 2003, where he was also an adjunct professor on special assignment from Ericsson, his employer for 10 years, to develop and teach undergraduate telecommunications curriculum. Dr. Gibbs received the UTD Electrical Engineering Department’s “Instructor of Excellence” award for 1999-2000. He will teach telecommunications and remote sensing courses, advise graduate students and assist the chairman in outside relations with industry regarding research.

Dr. Bumsoo Han will be an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2001, where he was a research associate before coming to UTA. Dr. Han’s research interests are in biomedical and thermal sciences. He received a Department of Defense Postdoctoral Award for Breast Cancer Research and is a member of ASME and the Society for Cryobiology. Dr. Han will be teaching thermodynamics. Dr. Zhen Xue Han will be a senior lecturer and undergraduate advisor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1989. Dr. Han has conducted post-doctoral studies at Beijing, Penn State, Texas A&M and UTA since that time. He will be teaching Engineering Statics.

Dr. Sahadat Hossain will be an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2002 and was a senior engineer with Schnabel Engineering in Gaithersburg, Maryland before coming to UTA. Dr. Hossain’s research area is related to the mechanics of compressibility and shear strength of municipal solid waste for bioreactor landfill. He will be teaching soils classes. Dr. Guillermo Ramirez will be an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from UT-Austin in 1998 and has been an assistant professor at the University of Kansas since that time. Dr. Ramirez’s current research is in the areas of composite materials for retrofit and rehabilitation of structures, nondestructive evaluation and monitoring of structures and components. He will be teaching structures classes. Dr. Shashank Priya will be an assistant professor of Materials Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Most recently, he was a research group leader with Face International in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Priya is one of the pioneers in the area of laminate magnetoelectric composites, for which he holds five patents. His research interests include high power piezoelectric materials and devices, ceramic processing, smart composites and energy harvesting. Dr. Priya will teach course on ferroelectric devices.

Dr. Shashank Priya will be an assistant professor of Materials Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Most recently, he was a research group leader with Face International in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Priya is one of the pioneers in the area of laminate magnetoelectric composites, for which he holds five patents. His research interests include high power piezoelectric materials and devices, ceramic processing, smart composites and energy harvesting. Dr. Priya will teach course on ferroelectric devices. Dr. Weidong Zhou will be an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2001 and was formerly a lead engineer with the CIENA Corporation in Maryland. Dr. Zhou’s research interests are in optoelectronics, nanophotonics and optoelectronic systems. He will be teaching graduate classes in photonic crystals.

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