College of Engineering | New Faculty

new faculty & academic leadership

The College of Engineering has added more than 30 new faculty members in the past 15 months, including 23 new tenure-system faculty members this academic year. This represents the largest expansion of MSU College of Engineering faculty in a generation!

Below are their bios and short summaries of the impact they expect to make as part of the Michigan State University College of Engineering faculty.



NEW ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP


New academic leadership includes three new department chairs appointed in 2016:

• MSU Foundation Professor James Klausner was named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in January;

Venkatesh Kodur was named chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in July; and

Christopher H. Contag was named chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the MSU Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering in November. Both the IQHSE and Department of Biomedical Engineering are housed in the new Bio Engineering Facility opened in late October.

Three faculty members were elevated to named professorships:

• In July, Richard Lunt, was named to the Johansen Crosby Professorship of Chemical Engineering;

• In August, Wolfgang Banzhaf was named the John R. Koza Endowed Chair in Genetic Programming; and

Jeffrey Nanzer was named the Dennis P. Nyquist Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

2016-17 NEW FACULTY


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Christopher H. Contag, chair and director of the MSU Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering



BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING and ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Erin Purcell, Assistant Professor



CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & MATERIALS SCIENCE

Alexandra Zevalkink, Assistant Professor



COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Alexei Banzavov, Assistant Professor



Arjun Krishnan, Assistant Professor



Huey-Wen Lin, Assistant Professor



Ekatrina Merkurjev, Assistant Professor



Michael Murillo, Professor



Jianrong Wang, Assistant Professor



COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Wolfgang Banzhaf, John R. Koza Endowed Chair in Genetic Programming



Vishnu Boddeti, Assistant Professor



Hu Ding, Assistant Professor



Jiliang Tang, Assistant Professor



Guan-Hua (Scott) Tu, Assistant Professor



ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Yiming Deng, Associate Professor



Jeffrey Nanzer, Dennis P. Nyquist Assistant Professor



Vaibhav Srivastava, Assistant Professor



Ahmet Ulusoy, Assistant Professor



Sangmin Yoo, Assistant Professor



Peng Zhang, Assistant Professor



ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING and CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & MATERIALS SCIENCE

Qui Hua Fan, Associate Professor



MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Ricardo Mejia-Alvarez, Assistant Professor



Yang Guo, Assistant Professor