New Faculty Join College of Engineering

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The College of Engineering is welcoming seven new faculty members for the upcoming academic year.

James Ankrum has been appointed assistant professor of biomedical engineering and researcher at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center.  Ankrum earned his BSE from the University of Iowa, M.Phil in Engineering Design from The University of Cambridge and his PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, from Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology.  His special fields of knowledge are mesenchymal stem cells, drug delivery and biomimicry. 

Syden Mubeen Jawahar Hussaini has been appointed assistant profess or chemical and biochemical engineering.  He earned his B. Tech in chemical and electrochemical engineering from Central Electrochemical Research Institute, an M.E. in chemical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California-Riverside.  His present research interests Synthesis of new class of functional materials and nanostructures including plasmonic materials and devices for development of low-cost, high performance electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems.

Hans Johnson has been appointed associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.  He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa and the College of Engineering.  His special fields of interest include large scale, heterogeneous, multi-site data collections using modern High Performance Computing (HPC) resources. 

Amaury Lendasse has been appointed associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  He holds an M.S. in mechanics, an M.S. in Color and a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.  His special fields of knowledge include:  machine learning, time series prediction, neural networks, environmental modeling, and corporate finance.

Ricardo Mantilla has been appointed assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

Corey Markfort has been appointed assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering.  He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Evansville, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. 
His present research interests include: Environmental fluid mechanics, turbulence, atmospheric boundary layer, renewable energy and wind engineering, biosphere-atmosphere exchange, hydrology, water resources engineering, air-water and wetland hydrodynamics, earth systems dynamics and change.

Fatima Toor has been appointed assistant professor of electrical engineering and assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics.  She earned a double major in physics and engineering science from Smith College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.  Her special fields of knowledge include: Semiconductor optoelectronics, electromagnetic theory, solid-state physics, quantum optics, nano/micro fabrication.