Research-Related Faculty

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Annick Anctil

Recent Research

  • Environmental impact of solar technologies (scarcity, toxicity and energy payback)
  • End-of life management of photovoltaic wastes
  • Solar potential in the Southeast United States
  • Battery Environmental Impact Characterization
  • Process design and life cycle modeling of wastewater treatment
  • Life cycle assessment in metallurgy sector
  • An Educational Simulation Tool for Integrated Coastal Tourism Development in Developing Countries (UN-DESA)

Research Interests

Research focus in pollution prevention has shifted from treatment and control to design for the environment, which uses a holistic approach to ensure that all stages of the life cycle of a product or system are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Dr Anctil uses proactive sustainability assessment to reduce the environmental impact of new technologies. Process based life-cycle assessment (LCA) is used to identify critical steps in current technologies and guide greener alternatives by combining theoretical environmental assessment and experimental work. Evaluating the environmental impact of photovoltaics technologies constitutes the core of her research. To ensure the long-term success of the photovoltaic industry, the potential negative impacts associated with current and future systems must me minimized throughout all stages from material extraction to end-of-life disposal. In addition to solar, she currently works on projects related to battery storage, nanomaterial synthesis and wastewater treatment.   

Venkatesh Balan

Biomass process engineering, Biomass conversion, Renewable energy, Value added products from agricultural residues and Modeling integrated agricultural operations.

Andre Benard

Transport phenomena in materials processing, heat transfer, polymers and composites microstructures, multiphase problems, finite elements.

Kris Berglund

New and alternative uses of agricultural and forest raw materials; separation, purification, and crystallization processes for food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Distilled beverage technology.

Subir Biswas

Subir's research interests include the broad area of wireless data networking, low-power network protocols, vehicular networks, on-body networks, and application-specific sensor networks. Research in Prof. Biswas' NeEWS laboratory spans across a wide range of embedded system design issues including resource-constrained network systems, embedded operating systems, network middleware, mobile content delivery, and application specific hardware and software subsystem design.

Neeraj Buch
Neeraj Buch

Dr. Buch's interests are in the area of concrete pavement design, rehabilitation, non-destructive testing of pavements, and composite materials. His research focuses on the development of rut and fatigue prediction models for flexible pavements design. He is involved in developing crack deterioration algorithms for rigid pavements. His other research interests include development of rehabilitation strategies, and study of recyclable materials in portland cement concrete and asphalt concrete.

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Karim Chatti

Recent research has been focused on pavement response and performance modeling, dynamics of pavements and truck-pavement interaction, pavement surface roughness and ride quality, pavement preservation, and characterization of asphalt concrete mixtures. Current research includes the investigation of design and construction factors on the response and performance of new flexible and rigid pavements, the effect of heavy trucks with large axle groups on pavement performance, development of improved mechanistically based models to predict pavement performance, the development of surface profile roughness diagnosis tools for PMS application, the development of pavement surface roughness thresholds for the preventive maintenance of pavements, analyzing pavement distress and roughness data for pavement management applications, non-destructive pavement testing and dyanmic backcalculation of flexible and right pavement parameters, and effectiveness of preventive maintenance treatments.

Alison Cupples
Alison Cupples

Microbial degradation of soil and water contaminants. Previous research has focused on the dechlorination of the groundwater contaminants tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene. The use of molecular methods to identify and quantify the microorganisms responsible for xenobiotic degradation.

Bruce Dale

Biochemical engineering; bioremediation, biomass conversion; biobased industrial products, value-added agriculture, life cycle assessments; industrial ecology; ecological engineering. Utilization of cellulose and other renewable resources, rate limiting processes in biological systems, modeling of integrated economic/environmental systems.

Lixin Dong

Dr. Dong's main research interests include nanorobotics, nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), mechatronics, mechanochemistry, and nanobiomedical devices. Prior to joining MSU in December 2008, he held a Senior Research Scientist position at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, where he led the NanoRobotics Group in the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS). He became Research Associate in 1992, Lecturer in 1995, and Associate Professor in 1998 at Xi'an University of Technology, Assistant Professor at Nagoya University in 2003, and Research Scientist in 2004 at ETH Zurich. He has authored/coauthored more than 50 journal articles, 8 book chapters, and 80 peer-reviewed international conference papers. He received the IEEE TASE Googol Best New Application Paper Award in 2007, Best Conference Paper Award at the Int. Conf. on Control Sci. and Engr. (ICCSE2003), and Finalist of Best Paper Award at IEEE ICRA2007, IROS2005, and ICRA2001. He serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Nanotechnology and the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering.

Erik Goodman

Goodman is Director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center, which began operation in August, 2010. The center conducts multidisciplinary research on evolution going on in the lab and field, in "digital organisms" in the computer, and in evolutionary computation applied to solution of problems in engineering and computer science. Goodman's personal research centers on evolutionary computation, particularly heterogeneous and parallel genetic algorithms and genetic programming. He is a founder of Red Cedar Technology, Inc., which writes and supports design automation and optimization software for industry. He is also involved in information and communications technology research and outreach in Africa.

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Syed Hashsham

Dr. Hashsham's research focuses on environmental molecular biology and mathematical tools to address environmental engineering issues. Current research focuses on the development of DNA biochips for parallel detection of microorganisms important to drinking water and wastewater. Approaches for improved detection limit, sample concentration, probe design, and validation are of special interest. Dr. Hashsham is also interested in developing new tools to manage mixed microbial communities important to environmental biotechnology.

David Hodge

Biomass Conversion; Biobased Industrial Products; Biotechnology; Energy Production; Process Optimization, Modeling, and Control.

Dushyanthi Hoole
Linos Jacovides
Linos Jacovides

Linos Jacovides joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a professor in January 2014.

His research expertise includes electric propulsion, automotive electrical systems, alternative fuels and energy.

His innovations span more than 40 years and include the development of a 1,000-horsepower induction motor drive and a 4,000 horsepower generator for locomotives. He and his team also introduced automotive electronic systems including exhaust oxygen sensors, micromechanical accelerometers, fuel injectors, electric power steering and permanent magnet motors for propulsion. The design tools he developed during the 1970s are still in use for producing drives for today’s electric/hybrid vehicles.

In June, he became the first recipient of the IEEE Transportation Technologies Award. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association. Linos Jacovides:

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


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.

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Shu-Guang Li

Prof. Li earned his Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 1993 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research covers a range of technical interests in hydrology and water resources, from theoretical to computational to technological, on fundamental as well as applied problems. His innovative integration of scientific hydrology, applied mathematics, computational sciences, “big data”, and information technologies has advanced the ability of the hydrological community to model complex groundwater systems and expanded the utility of modeling as a tool for research, education, and professional investigation. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States of Geological Survey, the Great Lakes Protection Fund, and local government agencies, industries, and citizen groups. Prof. Li is an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, the National Groundwater Association's Journal of Ground Water, and the Journal of Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. He is a registered professional engineer and an elected Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Geological Society of America.

Wen Li

Wen Li received her Ph.D. degree (2008) and M.S. degree (2004) in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology. Before that, she studied in Tsinghua University and received her M.S. degree in Microelectronics (2003) and B.S. degree in Material Science and Engineering (2001). Her research interests include MEMS/NEMS technologies and systems, micro sensors and actuators, biomimetic devices and systems, microfluidic and lab-on-chip systems, and microsystem integration and packaging technologies.

Wei Liao


  • Biological pretreatment of lignocellulosic materials such as straws, corn stover, wood residues etc. to produce mono-sugars.
  • High density enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials to enhance sugar yield and sugar concentration.
  • Development of innovative anaerobic digestion systems to convert animal wastes to renewable energy and other bioproducts.
  • Organic acid production from lignocellulosic materials using fungal fermentation.
  • Simulating bioprocesses such as organic acids production, anaerobic digestion, ethanol fermentation etc., considering both technical and economic aspects.
  • Genetic modification of yeast to develop a strain that is able to tolerance high ethanol concentration.


  • BE 825 Properties of Biological Materials
  • BE 360 Microbial Systems Engineering
  • BE468 Biomass Conversion Engineering

Yan "Susie" Liu

The main foci of my research are to: 1) establish a pelletized fungal platform for value-added biofuel/chemical production; 2) develop algae strains for recombinant proteins production and nutrient (N, P) removal; and 3) utilize the symbiotic characters of mix culture (bacteria and fungi) for value added chemicals and enzymes production.

Phanikumar Mantha
Phanikumar Mantha

Research interests in Dr. Mantha's group are centered on water (quantity and quality) and environmental flow and transport processes. Recent research addressed questions involving the fate and transport of chemical and biological agents in different hydrologic units in the Great Lakes region of North America (watersheds, rivers and streams, lakes and groundwater). Two general research themes of current interest are: (a) Integrated hydrologic modeling and (b) Environmental fluid mechanics.

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.

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Susan Masten

Professor Masten's research involves the use of chemical oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals. Her research is presently focused on the in-situ use of gaseous ozone to oxidize residual contaminant in saturated soils using ozone sparging and in unsaturated soils using soil venting. Dr. Masten is also very interested in evaluating the toxicity of the by-products of chemical oxidation processes as measured by gap junction intercellular communication. Work has focused on the ozonation and chlorination of several pesticides, including atrazine, alachlor, and lindane and on the PAHs, especially pyrene. Current work is being conducted to identify the by-products formed opon the ozonation of several PAHs and to assess their toxicity.

Dennis Miller

Reaction engineering, catalysis; chemicals from renewable feedstocks; gasification and related thermochemical conversions; hydrogenation; reactive separations.

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.

Ramani Narayan

Polymeric materials from renewable resources; biodegradable polymer systems; engineering and design of natural-synthetic polymer graft and block copolymers; polymer blends; studies in reactive extrusion processing, biobased and recyclable composites.

Pouyan Nejadhashemi
Pouyan Nejadhashemi


  • Land and Water Conservation Engineering


  • Development of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for forecasting watersheds' hydrologic behaviors
  • Development of Decision Support System (DSS) for human impact evaluation on ecosystem sustainability
  • Evaluation and development of watershed/water quality models
  • Description, analysis and prevention of non-point source pollution at laboratory, field, watershed and regional scales

Active projects:

Developing Decision Support System for Analyzing Sedimentation Reduction Strategies for Tuttle Creek Lake

This project is aimed at enhancing the understanding of how water interacts with upland soils, slopes and land-management practices to impact water quantity and quality yields to streams and ultimately to reservoirs, and how these yields interact with unique combinations of lithology, soils, vegetation, micro-climate, and land toward achieving an environmentally sustainable and economically efficient system. The study helps to apply Decision Support System (DSS) technology to develop a Best Management Practice (BMPs) allocation plan for sediment control.

Developing Nutrient, Sediment, Flow and Temperature Estimates for Fish Community Condition Prediction Across the Agricultural Regions of Michigan and Wisconsin

The goal of this project is to use spatially explicit models to generate a suite of water quality variables that can be related to stream fish survey data across Michigan and Wisconsin.

Water Quantity and Water Quality Effects of BMPs Implementation in Urban Areas

The goal of this study is to conduct a comprehensive literature review and synthesize this information in a way that can easily assist stakeholders and policy makers in the decision-making process regarding Low Impact Development (LID) implementation strategy. This database will provide the range of effectiveness for various BMPs as regard to site-specific factors.

Robert Ofoli

Nanocatalytic conversion of biorenewables to fuels and chemicals, nanoscale production of hydrogen on demand, adsorption and interactions of biomacromolecules at biomimetic interfaces, optical and electrochemical characterization of active nanostructures.

Charles Ofria

Charles Ofria director of the Digital Evolution Laboratory. He conducts research on evolution in artificial systems and applies the results to problems in computer science and evolutionary biology. He developed Avida, a software-based research platform consisting of populations of 'digital organisms used in biological research. His work has been published in Science and Nature and his research has received international media attention in forums such as Discover Magazine, National Geographic, CNN, the BBC, New Scientist, and the New York Times.

Charles Petty

Hydrodynamic and reactor stability theory; solid-fluid separations; turbulent transport phenomena.

Dawn Reinhold



  • BE 332 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials
  • BE 482 Non-point Source Pollution Control



  • Wetlands and vegetated technologies for protection of water quality
  • Plants for remediation of emerging organic pollutants and hazardous wastes
  • Fate of emerging pollutants and pesticides in vegetated systems
  • Plant tissue culture and genetic engineering to enhance plants' capabilities to address water quality problems

Steven Safferman

Dr. Safferman conducts research on treatment trains to minimize and treat wastes including those originating from animal agriculture and food processing, the conversion of high energy waste to biogas that serves as a renewable energy source, and novel reactor designs such as anaerobic membrane systems and fluidized bed reactors. He lead the development of modeling and evaluating techniques for anaerobic digestion systems including empirically screening feedstock to estimate energy potential, conducting biogas potential assays, conducting bench-scale treatability testing, evaluating novel farm-scale technologies, and developing decision support guidance. Teaching activities include the coordination and team teaching of three required Department classes and an interdisciplinary sustainability class in the Honors College.

Christopher Saffron

Ajit Srivastava

Truman Surbrook
Antonello Tamburrino
Antonello Tamburrino

His research interests are in the broad areas of (i) Electromagnetic Imaging and Inverse Problems and (ii) Computational Electromagnetism. In the first field they include the development of 3D numerical methods for modelling NDE tests (forward problem), real-time imaging methods and algorithms (inverse problem) and sensors and system for NDE, with applications to aircraft and nuclear power plants NDE. In the second field they include the development of fast numerical methods for solving 3D electromagnetic problems, plasmonics, 3D computational models in the presence of complex materials as composite materials, superconductors and hysteretic materials.

Xiaobo Tan

Electroactive polymer sensors and actuators, biomimetic robotic fish, mobile sensing in aquatic environments, control of autonomous robotic swarms, modeling and control of hysteresis, embedded control systems.

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Volodymyr Tarabara

Dr. Volodymyr Tarabara joined MSU and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2004 after completing his graduate studies at Rice University. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and has held a partial appointment as an Associate Director of MSU Environmental Science and Policy program since 2012. Dr. Tarabara's research is in the area of water quality engineering with an emphasis on membrane separation processes. Current projects focus on virus removal and detection, liquid-liquid separation, and membrane reactors. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, International Water Association, and North American Membrane Society. At MSU, he regularly teaches graduate-level courses on environmental transport and unit processes.

Thomas Voice
Thomas Voice

Professor Voice's research involves the mass-transfer of chemical contaminants in systems of environmental interest, with emphasis on interactions between pollutants and soils, sediments, and suspended solids. Current research is focused on the environmental impact and remediation of terrestrial chemical spills. He is involved in research on water and waste treatment systems that utilize activated carbon absorption. Professor Voice maintains a strong secondary interest in the development of new and improved methods for chemical analysis.

Tim Whitehead

We are a young lab that designs and engineers functional proteins. We are focused on the development of computational and experimental tools as well astwo major areas for the application of these methods: (1) the microbial-mediated conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals that more closely approximate petroleum-derived feedstocks; and (2) development of antibody and antibody-like molecules for use as protein therapeutics against viral pathogens.

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Thomas Wolff

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

Robert Worden

Nanotechnology, nanostructured biomimetic interfaces; biochemical engineering; protein expression; fermentation engineering; multiphase biocatalysis; biobased products.

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Irene Xagoraraki

My research program is focused on water quality engineering, emphasizing protection of public    health and prevention of waterborne disease. In particular, I am interested in emerging water contaminants (such as viruses) and their detection, occurrence, fate, removal, inactivation, and risk.

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.