Research-Related Faculty

Evangelyn Alocilja

Biosensors, nanostructured bio-detection devices, diagnostics for infectious diseases, biodefense, food safety, environmental safety, electronic nose

Rigoberto Burgueno
Rigoberto Burgueno

Primary research interests are related to the development, performance assessment, and implementation of innovative materials to civil infrastructure. In particular, recent research emphasis is on: (i) development of tailored structural materials, components and systems, (ii) solid and structural mechanics for multi-scale applications, (iii) computational design optimization of materials and structures, (iv) large-scale testing, (v) low-cost and innovative manufacturing of tailored materials and structures; (vi) soft-computing methods for structural integrity assessment; (vii) innovative experimental and measurement techniques; (viii) earthquake engineering; and (ix) bridge design.


  • U.S. Regular Patent Application, “Self-Powered Sensing System for the Monitoring of Quasi-static Structural Response,” N. Lajnef, R. Burgueño, S. Chakrabartty, and W. Borchani, Michigan State University. U.S. Serial No. 61/878,113. Filed September 15, 2014.
  • U.S. Regular Patent Application, "Energy Harvesting Devices for Low Frequency Applications," R.Burgueño and N. Lajnef, Michigan State University. U.S. Serial No. 13/960,356. Filed August 6, 2013.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,232,605, "Hybrid Natural Fiber-Composites with Cellular Skeletal Structures," R. Burgueño, A.K. Mohanty, and M.J. Quagliata, Michigan State University 4.1-654 ID03-66, June 21, 2007.

Prem Chahal

Research interest in Terahertz (THz) and Millimeter-wave Electronics, IR Sensors, Microsystems Packaging, RF-MEMS, BioMEMS, and Flex Electronics.

Laura Dillon

Laura Dillon received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1984. She spent thirteen years in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before joining the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Michigan State University in 1997. She served as the CSE Department Chair from 2003-2007. Professor Dillon's research interests center on specification and analysis of concurrent software systems, formal methods in software engineering, and programming languages.

Wayne Dyksen

Wayne Dyksen serves as an Associate Director of MATRIX, The Center for Humane, Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences OnLine. His research interests includes computational humanities, cyber security, web services, and high performance computing. Dyksen is a member of the Board of Advisors of the College of Information Technology of the United Arab Emirates University. He also serves as a member of the Strategic Partners Council of the Department of Computer Science at Calvin College.

Richard Enbody

Rich Enbody came to MSU in 1987 with a Ph.D. from the U. of Minnesota. Before graduate school he taught high school mathematics for six years. His B.A. was in Mathematics from Carleton College. His work at MSU has covered a variety of topics with many related to computer architecture such as parallel processing, caching, power and security. He holds two patents in nanotechnology devices with two more pending in security hardware.

Anil Jain

Anil Jain's research interests include pattern recognition, computer vision and biometric recognition. His articles on biometrics have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, IEEE Spectrum, Scholarpedia, and MIT Technology Review. He has received a number of awards, including Guggenheim fellowship, Humboldt Research award, Fulbright fellowship, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award (2003), W. Wallace McDowell award (2007), IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize (2008), and ICDM 2008 Research Contribution Award. He holds six patents and is the author of several books.

Leo Kempel

Leo Kempel's current research interests are conformal antennas, engineered materials for microwave applications, and computational electromagnetics. Kempel is a Member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Commission B of the International Scientific Radio Union (URSI). He received the MSU College of Engineering's Withrow Distinguished Scholar (Junior Faculty) Award in 2001, the MSU Teacher-Scholar award in 2002, and a CAREER award by the National Science Foundation in 2002.

Hassan Khalil

Principal research interests: robust and adaptive control of nonlinear systems, singular perturbation methods in control. He is currently a University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has published several papers on singular perturbation methods and nonlinear control. He is the author of Nonlinear Control (Pearson, 2015), Nonlinear Systems (3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2002) and a coauthor of Singular Perturbation Methods in Control: Analysis and Design (SIAM, 1999). Khalil is a as well as a fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).


Venkatesh Kodur
Venkatesh Kodur

Dr. Kodur's research has focused on the experimental behavior and analytical modeling of structural systems under extreme fire conditions, constitutive modelling of material properties at elevated temperatures, developing guidelines for fire resistance design of structural systems, evaluating fire performance of high performing materials, performance based fire safety design, non-linear design and analysis of structures and building collapse investigations.



Sandeep Kulkarni

Sandeep Kulkarni received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1999, where he received a Presidential Fellowship and departmental award for outstanding research. His research interests include fault-tolerance, distributed systems, operating systems, networks, software engineering, security, and reliability. He has developed numerous tools for the design of fault-tolerant and secure computing systems.

Emin Kutay
M. Emin Kutay

Dr. Kutay's background and interests are primarily on experimental and numerical investigation of fundamental material behavior of asphalt pavements and granular materials. His research focuses on improvement of the AASHTO Superpave mix design, understanding and better prediction of fatigue cracking in asphalt pavements using state-of-the-art techniques such as the Viscoelastic Continuum Damage (VECD) Theory and development of tools to improve understanding of permanent deformation (rutting) characteristics of asphalt pavements. His other research interests include pavement surface characteristics such as smoothness, tire/pavement noise and splash/spray.

Research Focus Areas:

  • Applications of 2D and 3D imaging techniques
    • Microstructural characterization of asphalt pavements
    • Image-based measurement technologies
  • Sustainable asphalt pavements
    • Crumb rubber modified asphalt
    • Warm mix asphalt
  • Inverse analysis from field non-destructive testing
    • Backcalculation of dynamic modulus mastercurve of asphalt pavements
    • Linear and Nonlinear properties of base/subgrade
  • Constitutive modeling of asphalt pavements (e.g., Viscoelastic Continuum Damage (VECD) Theory)
  • 3D micromechanical modeling
    • Asphalt mixture compaction
    • Warm mix asphalt mixing/coating process
    • Saturated and unsaturated fluid flow through porous media

Courses Taught:

  • CE312 - Soil Mechanics
  • CE838 - Bituminous Materials
  • CE815 - Slope Stability and Stabilization Techniques
  • CE495 - Senior (Capstone) Design - Geotechnical


Nizar Lajnef

Dr. Lajnef's interests are in the area of sensors design for civil infrastructure and biomechanical systems, sensors networks design and implementation, nano-watt and self-powered sensors, and smart materials/composites/alloys and systems.

Tongtong Li

Prof. Li's research interests lie in wireless security, cognitive networks, wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, wireless communications, digital signal processing, and information theory. Current projects in Prof. Li's BAWC (Broadband Access and Wireless Communication) Lab include: highly efficient and reliable communication system design, multi-layer techniques for secure communications under hostile environments, secure cyber-physical communication systems, and security issues in cognitive networks.

Xiang-Yang Alex Liu

Alex Liu joined Michigan State University in 2006 after earning his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-author of a number of papers published at conferences/journals such as Sigmetrics, PODC, ICNP, Infocom, DSN, ICDCS, TPDS. His research interests include networking, security, and systems. He won the 2004 IEEE & IFIP William C. Carter Award with the citation, "to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research''.

Richard Lyles
Richard Lyles

Dr. Lyles is generally interested in highway safety issues. More specific topics include: work zone safety, the effectiveness of traffic control devices, safety and mobility of older persons, and surrogate measures of accident exposure.

Thomas Maleck
Thomas Maleck

Dr. Maleck is interested in all areas of highway engineering; especially geometric design, traffic flow and control, traffic simulation, and in the reduction of traffic accidents and personal injuries.

Andrew Mason

Dr. Mason research utilizes mixed-signal integrated circuits and microfabrication to addresses challenges in microsystem development for biochemical, neural, and environmental sensing applications. Current projects include high-resolution, low-power, bioelectrochemical interrogation circuits; adaptive chemical sensor interface circuits; post-CMOS fabrication of electrochemical sensor arrays; and implantable mixed-signal integrated circuits for signal processing of wireless neural recordings. Dr. Mason is a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBCAS), and a General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference. He teaches courses in the area of microelectronics and biomedical engineering, including VLSI design, microprocessor systems, and biomedical instrumentation.

Philip Mckinley

Philip K. McKinley received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois from 1982-1990. Dr. McKinley has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and was co-chair of the program committee for the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. His current research interests include Distributed systems, self-adaptive software, autonomic computing, adaptive middleware, group communication services, digital evolution, artificial life, overlay networks, and service composition.

Joydeep Mitra
Joydeep Mitra

Joydeep Mitra joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an Associate Professor. Prior to this appointment he held academic positions at New Mexico State University and North Dakota State University, and was a senior consulting engineer with LCG Consulting, Los Altos, Calif. He acquired his PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and his bachelor's degree, also in electrical engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His research interests include power system reliability and security, and distributed and renewable energy resource planning. He has received research support from electric utilities, Sandia National Laboratories, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE and contributes to the Power and Energy Society, the Industrial Applications Society, and the Standards Association.

Jian Ren

Jian Ren received his Ph.D. degree in ECE from Xidian University in 1994. His research interests are in the areas of wireless and wireline network security, computer system security, cryptographic primitives, sequence design, error-control coding and information theory.

Edward Rothwell

Antennas, scattering, radar target identification, measurement of the electromagnetic properties of materials, electromagnetic theory.

Pang-Ning Tan

Dr. Pang-Ning Tan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at MSU. He received his M.S degree in Physics and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Minnesota. His research interests span a broad range of data mining problems, from pattern discovery (association analysis, anomaly detection, and cluster analysis) to predictive modeling. In addition to addressing fundamental problems in data mining, he is also interested in applying data mining techniques to various application domains including climate and Earth sciences, social and information networks, botnet and webspam detection, and medical informatics. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Michigan State University.

Eric Torng

Eric Torng is a member of the Digital Evolution Laboratory and a founding member of the Quantitative Biology and Modeling Initiative at Michigan State University. He serves as graduate director for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests include algorithms, on-line algorithms, scheduling, computational complexity, TCAM, packet processing.

Lalita Udpa

Her research interests include various aspects of NDE, such as development of computational models for the forward problem in NDE, signal and image processing, pattern recognition and neural networks, and development of solution techniques for inverse problems. Her current projects include finite-element modeling of electromagnetic NDE methods applied to aircraft geometries, application of neural network and signal processing algorithms to NDE data, and development of image processing techniques for automated analysis of NDE and biomedical images.

Satish Udpa

Former Dean of Engineering, Satish Udpa's research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). Work done by him to date in the area includes an extensive repertoire of forward models for simulating physical processes underlying several inspection techniques. Coupled with careful experimental work, such forward models can be used for designing new sensors, optimizing test conditions, estimating the probability of detection, assessing designs for inspectability and training inverse models for characterizing defects.

Guowei Wei
  • Mathematical molecular biosciences; Mathematical biophysics; Variational multiscale models; Ion channel transport; Proton transport; PDE modeling of biomolecular surfaces; Virus capsid modeling.
  • Bioimaging; Geometric flow approaches to images and surfaces; PDE transform; Image edge analysis by coupled PDEs; Bioluminescence tomography.
  • High order interface methods; Matched interface and boundary (MIB); Multidomain interface problems.
  • Modeling and computation of nano-electronic devices; Nanofluidic systems; Nano-bio sensors.
  • Quantum kinetic theory; Transport theory; Quantum Boltzmann equation.
  • Wavelet and local spectral methods for PDEs; Computational electromagnetics; Computational fluid dynamics; Richtmyer-Meshkov instability; Structural analysis.
  • Dynamical systems; Controlling chaos ; Controlling turbulence; Controlling pattern formation.

Indrek Wichman

Combustion and flame studies related to fire and theoretical combustion, analytical modeling (fire, ignition, quenching, flame spread, instabilities), computational modeling (flame spread, triple flames, instabilities, solid pyrolysis, microgravity flames), experimentation (MSU fire tunnel, thermal property measurement, flames in small enclosed spaces (micro flames), burner flame attachment).

Gregory Wierzba

His current research interests are in SPICE macromodeling of analog ICs, symbolic circuit analysis and audio engineering. Dr. Wierzba is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. He was the recipient of the 1986 Myril B. Reed Best Paper Award of the Midwest Symposium on Circuit and Systems.

Thomas Wolff

Geotechnical; reliability analysis of dams, levees and hydraulic structures, probabilistic analysis and reliability-based design in geotechnical engineering; probabilistic slope stability analysis.

Neil Wright

Heat transfer; thermophysical property measurement; parameter estimation; thermal biology

Ning Xi

His research interests include robotics, manufacturing automation, micro/nano manufacturing, nano sensors and devices, and intelligent control and systems.

Li Xiao

Li Xiao received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in 2002. She is a member of the Experimental Laboratory for Advanced Networking and Systems. Her research interests include distributed and networking systems, overlay systems and applications, wireless sensor networks, wireless mesh networks, system resource management, and design and implementations of experimental algorithms.

Guoliang Xing

Guoliang Xing earned his D.Sc. ('06) and M.S. ('03) in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in computer science from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. Prior to joining MSU, he was an assistant professor of computer science at the City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, mobile computing, and networked embedded systems.

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Mi Zhang

Mi Zhang's research interests and efforts span the areas of ubiquitous computing, mobile sensing, wearable computing, embedded systems, pattern recognition, and applied machine learning. He is particularly interested in developing intelligent mobile sensing and ubiquitous computing technologies with a special focus on health care and medical applications. This fits well with a fascinating research field referred to as Mobile Health (mHealth), which aims to realize the vision of patient-centric personalized health care. Prior to joining MSU, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University.