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School of Systems and Enterprises Introduces Three New Faculty Members Starting This Fall

Professors bring expertise in world-changing systems for healthcare, smart cities and cybersecurity

Photo of new SSE faculty: Dr. Sang Won (Grace) Bae, Dr. Philip Odonkor and Dr. Mehmet Gunes.
From left to right: New SSE faculty: Dr. Sang Won (Grace) Bae, Dr. Philip Odonkor and Dr. Mehmet Gunes.

Accentuating the need to advance its leadership position in systems science and engineering by broadening its research and curriculum, the School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) announced the hiring of three new faculty members for fall 2019. The new faculty members will play an essential role in SSE’s growth and impact.

“Our new faculty bring impressive backgrounds and accomplishments, and I am excited to welcome them to SSE this fall,” said Dean Yehia Massoud. “As we continue our efforts to achieve the goals laid out in the strategic plan, our new faculty will allow us to diversify our offerings and provide the opportunity for increased collaborative and quality research.”

The new faculty at SSE are:

Sang Won (Grace) Bae, assistant professor. Dr. Bae arrives at Stevens from Carnegie Mellon University where she was a systems faculty and a postdoctoral researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive science and engineering. Dr. Bae’s research is focused on using smart technology to develop, deploy and evaluate new approaches to the human obstacles surrounding widespread everyday adoption of ubiquitous sensing and intelligent computing technologies. She has received several grants and awards, including the R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Philip Odonkor, assistant professor. Dr. Odonkor joins SSE after completing his doctorate and master’s in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo. His research interests include developing and using data-driven methodologies to enable efficient and sustainable energy use within built environments, with the goal of enabling smart cities. He received the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award and was a Dean's Graduate Achievement award winner at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Mehmet Gunes, associate professor. Dr. Gunes comes to Stevens from the University of Nevada, Reno where was an associate professor of computer science and engineering. He received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas. While pursuing research problems in cybersecurity, internet measurements and network science, he employed various methodologies and tools including big data, data mining, high performance computing, machine learning and statistics. Dr. Gunes’ research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Amazon AWS.