Campus & Community

Eighteen New Faculty Members Join the Stevens Community

Eighteen faculty members will join the Stevens community this fall, bringing with them extensive teaching and research experience in fields ranging from music to biomedicine to marketing to financial engineering. To build strength in Stevens’ key areas of research focus and to meet critical teaching needs, faculty positions were filled in all four of Stevens’ schools – the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, the Howe School of Technology Management, the College of Arts and Letters, and the School of Systems and Enterprises.

The new group will join more than 450 existing Stevens faculty members in conducting ground-breaking research with societal impact and applying knowledge toward solutions to global challenges.

“Stevens attracts faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and research and fit well within the Stevens environment, which values innovation and entrepreneurship and calls for extensive collaboration to solve critical problems,” said Stevens Provost George Korfiatis.

Stevens faculty members are also chosen for their commitment to cultivating the personal and academic development of students, enabling them to mature into upright citizens and competent professionals. In their innovative pursuits, faculty members often provide hands-on research experience to students, who work alongside them and bridge classroom theory with practice.

“We are very careful to hire faculty who are not only effective in the classroom but also engage students through creative and innovative projects, regional and national competitions and other activities,” said Korfiatis.

Nine new professors will join the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science:

  • Robert Chang, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He is interested in tissue and cellular engineering, regenerative medicine, biomimetic design, pharmaceutical screening platforms and cell/molecular imaging characterization. He was a National Research Council Research Fellow and Staff Biomedical Engineer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Biophysics Group.
  • Narayan Ganesan, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, holds a D.Sc. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a senior research scientist with experience in electrical and computer engineering, mathematical systems theory and high performance computing. Previously he was a Computer and Information Sciences researcher at the University of Delaware.
  • Mukundan Iyengar, teaching assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida. His research involves deploying large scale measurement overlays to collect planetary-scale data in complex networks and mining the internet activities to infer past, present and future of societal events.
  • Samantha Kleinberg, assistant professor of Computer Science, holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University. Her research is focused on developing algorithms for understanding how complex systems function, and the application of these methods to challenging biomedical and financial datasets.
  • Denis Serbin, affiliate associate professor of Mathematical Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research interests include combinatorial and geometric group theory with a focus on algorithms and complexity. He joins Stevens after post-doctoral research at McGill University and a visiting professorship sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
  • Anthony Shupenko, teaching associate professor of Engineering, is a licensed professional engineer who also holds a Master’s degree in Management Science. He has more than three decades of professional engineering and design experience. He joins the full-time faculty ranks after serving as an adjunct faculty in Engineering Design at Stevens for more than ten years.
  • Antonio Valdevit, assistant professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering, holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens, where he was a research assistant professor. He has worked as a researcher and engineer specializing in biomechanics at Toronto General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Lutheran Medical Center, and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Most recently he was a biomechanics consultant at Stryker Spine.

Joining the Howe School of Technology Management are:

  • Fang-Chin Liu, assistant professor of Accounting, holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Temple University. She earned her MBA from National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. Liu’s research interests include strategic cost and performance management, the financial implications of information technology Investments, corporate governance and executive compensation.
  • Murad Mithani, assistant professor of Strategy, holds a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and Technology. His research interests include strategic management and organizational learning, innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and corporate social performance.
  • Panagiotis Repoussis, assistant professor of Operations, holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research & Management Science from Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece, where he was a Lecturer in supply chain management. His research interests include mathematical models and optimization methods in the fields of production scheduling, transportation optimization, network design, and distribution logistics.
  • Gaurav Sabnis, assistant professor of Marketing, holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University, and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Fordham University. His research interests include empirical modeling of marketing strategy, issues sales force management, online user generated content, and competition’s role in online content.
  • Richard Anderson, affiliate assistant professor of Economics, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the City University Graduate Center. He has been an adjunct professor of Economics at Stevens since 2008. He has also taught at Columbia University and Baruch College, and held positions at New York University, City University of New York and Rutgers University.

The School of Systems and Enterprises will add three new faculty members:

  • William Rouse, Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair in Economics of Engineering, holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has more than 30 years of experience in research, teaching and consulting about: human decision making, strategy implementation, information systems design and organizational change. He was Executive Director of the Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise Transformation at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he held joint appointments in the College of Computing and School of Industrial Systems Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Steve Yang, assistant professor of Financial Engineering, has worked as a research consultant and data architect with the major federal financial regulators, including the SEC, CFTC and Treasury, as well as at Northrop Grumman as a system architect. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia. His research has focused on modeling algorithmic trading behavior and financial fraud detection in equity and derivative markets, and is supported by the CFTC and the SEC.
  • Rupak Chatterjee, industry professor of Financial Engineering, holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He has more than 15 years of banking and financial experience. Most recently he was the director of multi-asset quantitative research at the Citi Group, New York, where he was involved in modeling multi-asset/hybrid derivative products as well as providing hedge fund derivative analytics. He joins the full-time faculty ranks after serving as an adjunct professor at Stevens.

Finally, the College of Arts & Letters will add three new faculty members:

  • Richard Graham, assistant professor of Music & Technology, holds a Ph.D. in Music Performance from the University of Ulster. A renowned musician and music producer known for everything from ambient to experimental to progressive rock, Graham has toured extensively throughout the U.K., Europe and Asia and been featured extensively in radio play. He is also been involved with one of Ireland’s most prevalent electronic music festivals, Celtronic.
  • Lee Vinsel, assistant professor in the new Science & Technology Studies program, holds a Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. He served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University with a dual appointment in the Kennedy School of Government’s Program in Science, Technology & Society, and in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His central interest lies in how societies use various tools to mitigate technological “risks.” He has on-going projects examining the history of auto regulation, the history of energy systems and energy statistics, and the ethics of personal communications technologies.
  • Jennifer McBryan, teaching assistant professor of Writing and Communications holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Rutgers University. She joins the full-time faculty ranks after serving as the Coordinator, Center for Writing & Communications at Stevens. Prior to joining Stevens she held various teaching positions at Rutgers University.