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Ten Faculty Members Join UT Arlington’s College of Engineering

August 31, 2006

The University of Texas at Arlington‘s College of Engineering will add nine faculty members this fall and one in the spring, each recognized for outstanding research and teaching abilities. Their addition is the result of the college’s mandate to provide its students with an exceptional learning and research experience.

Fillia Makedon will become the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Dr. Makedon has held teaching positions at UT Dallas, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College. In addition to being a professor of computer science, she was director of Dartmouth’s Experimental Visualization Laboratory and also held the position of program officer in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Her research interests include bioinformatics, pervasive computing, cybersecurity, human/computer interaction, sensor networks and image processing Dr. Makedon will begin her duties at UT Arlington in October.

Daniel Engels is an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and the Director of an inter-departmental RFID Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000 and since that time has served in various positions at MIT’s Auto-ID Center, including Director of Research. Dr. Engels was responsible for securing more than $7.3 million in funding while the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of research projects. Dr. Engels’ research interests include radio frequency identification systems and applications; wireless mobile, ad hoc and sensor networks; advanced identification and sensing technologies applied to healthcare; and embedded systems.

Susan Ferreira is an assistant professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University in 2002. Dr. Ferreira has extensive industry experience, serving in various engineering capacities with Lockheed Martin, Motorola IISG/General Dynamics, and Northrop Corporation. She is a reviewer for software and systems engineering journals and has authored several internal company and external journal papers. Dr. Ferreira’s research interests are focused in Systems Engineering. These research interests include requirements engineering, complex software- intensive systems engineering, dynamic and lean systems engineering, and integrated systems/solutions. She will serve as the director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at UT Arlington.

Haiying Huang is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998; she also holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Since 2004, Dr. Huang has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. She has published papers in several journals and holds three U.S. patents on innovative instrumentation. Dr. Huang’s research interests are in solid mechanics, experimental mechanics and optical fiber sensors. She will teach a course in the mechanics area this fall.

Ratan Kumar is a senior lecturer in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear/Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Texas. His interests are in electronic packaging, computer-aided design and analysis, numerical analysis, thermal science and mechanical design. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kumar will be an advisor to undergraduate mechanical engineering students.

James Leininger is a senior lecturer in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UT Arlington in 1993. Dr. Leininger has extensive experience as a software consultant, developing structural computer models for various construction materials and also as an instructor of high school and college chemistry, computer, physics and engineering courses. He has been an adjunct instructor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department for several years. Dr. Leininger will teach courses on computer-aided design, structural analysis, and statics and dynamics this fall.

Mohammad Najafi is an assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Technical University. Before arriving at UT Arlington, Dr. Najafi was an assistant professor in the Construction Management Program at Michigan State University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. He also has several years of experience as an engineer on major construction projects ranging from highway bridges to a $50 million holiday resort. Dr. Najafi has authored or contributed to 12 books and more than 100 papers. His research interests are in the areas of construction and renewal of infrastructures and asset management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and will be teaching the “Introduction to Construction Engineering” course this fall.

J. David Porter will be an associate professor in both Computer Science & Engineering and Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Porter comes to UT Arlington from Oregon State University, where he was director of the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Department’s Mobile Technology Solutions Laboratory. His primary research interest is in radio frequency communication system design for the supply chain. Dr. Porter will teach courses in automatic identification and data capture, information systems, wireless networks, and industrial engineering design. He will begin his duties here in January 2007.

Jian Yang is an assistant professor of Bioengineering. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. After graduating, Dr. Yang became a postdoctoral research fellow and research associate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University. He holds one patent in China and has four pending in the U.S. His research interests are in the areas of polymer synthesis and characterization, cell scaffold fabrication, tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery. He will teach a course titled “Selected Topics in Bioengineering” this fall.

Nan Zhang is an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Dr. Zhang has had several of his papers published in professional journals and is a reviewer of technical papers for several publications. His research interests are in the areas of information security and privacy, databases and data mining, and distributed systems.