The 2014 Fellows of the Academy for Global Engagement

David Hodge

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science                                                          & Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

David Hodge

 Hodge's reseach interests include:

    • production of fuels and chemicals through catalytic conversion of biomass-derived aromatics and sugars
    • alkaline pulping technologies for the generation of high-yield, high-purity sugar streams with potential for lignin seperations
    • Water use and heat integration in bio-refining processes
    • sucrose extraction in sorghum or sugar cane processing with cellulosic biofuels technologies
    • cell wall recalcitrance to chemical and enzymatic conversion for developing plants with cell walls "desgined for deconstruction"

Global Partners among others: Sweden/India

David Hodge received his Ph.D. degree and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2005 and 2002, respectively.

Nizar Lajnef

Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNazir Lajnef

Lajnef's reseach interests include:

  • design and implementation of a smart continuous-monitoring system for asphalt and concrete pavement structures
  • design and implementation of a sub-microwatt self-powered fatigue sensor
  • 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

Global Partners among others: France

Nizar Lajnef received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering right here from Michigan State University.

Wen Li

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wen Li

Li's reseach interests include:

    • MEMS/NEMS technologies and systems
    • design, fabrication, and characterization of implantable, reliable bioMEMS interfaces
    • micro sensors and actuators
    • microfluidic and lab-on-chip systems
    • microsystem integration and packaging technologies
    • development of innovative, mini neuroprosthetic devices and systems for seamless interfacting with brain networks
    • cortically-based, fully functional visual neuroprosthetic system

Global Partners among others: Singapore/China/Germany

Wen Li received her Ph.D. degree and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2008 and 2004, respectively. Before that, she studied in Tsinghua University and received her M.S. degree in Microelectronics and B.S. degree in Material Science and Engineering in 2003 and 2001, respectively.

Peter Lillehoj

Peter Lillehoj

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Lillehoj's reseach interests include:

  • bioMEMS, nanotechnology, microfluidics, biosensors, & point-of-care diagnostics
  • microsystems for current and emerging applications in clinical diagnosis
  • biosecurity and food/water safety
  • simple and low-cost technologies for sample preparation & bioprocessing
  • innovative approaches to manufacture of disposable biosensors for global healthcare diagnostics

Global Partners among others: Malawi

Peter Lillehoj received his Ph.D. degree and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles. Before that,  he received his B.S. degree from John Hopkins University in 2006.

Xiaoming Liu

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Xiaoming Liu

 Liu's reseach interests include:

    • computer vision
    • machine learning
    • human computer interface
    • medical image analysis
    • pattern recognition
    • image and video processing
    • multimedia retrieval

Global Partners among others: China

Xiaoming Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and COmputer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. He recieved a B.E degree from Beijing Information Technology Institute, China and a M.E. degree from Zhejiang University, China in 1997 and 2000 respectively--both in Computer Science. Prior to joining MSU, he was a research sciencetist at the Computer Vision Laboratory of GE Global Research.