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SSE Welcomes New Faculty Members for Fall 2022

The newest additions to the School of Engineering and Science bring the total number of new faculty hires to 87 over the last five years  

To advance efforts in providing students with a world-class systems education and uplifting society through impactful research, the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) is pleased to announce three new faculty and one new lecturer to our community of instructors. Please join us in welcoming Amro Farid, Ali Yassine, Nafiseh Ghorbani-Renani and John Mikruk as new members of our distinguished School.

Amro M. Farid, Ph.D. joins us from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Farid received his Ph.D. in Industrial Control Systems Engineering at the University of Cambridge and has authored over 150 peer reviewed publications. His research will strengthen SSE’s pedagogy in electrified transportation, industrial energy management and interdependent smart city infrastructures.

Farid led the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems at MIT and has extensive experience in industries ranging from electric power, automotive, defense, chemical and manufacturing sectors. He currently serves as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Ali Yassine, Ph.D. comes to SSE from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at New York Institute of Technology and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (IE&M) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University and performed over 15 years of consulting and professional training in the application of operations research models and methods.

Yassine lends us his specializations in complex networks and machine learning to enhance SSE’s model-based and data-driven approaches. Yassine has over 50 published journal articles and conference papers, five book chapters and over 5000 Google Scholar citations.

Nafiseh Ghorbani-Renani, Ph.D. continues her service at SSE, taking on a new role from postdoctoral scholar to full-time teaching-track faculty. Ghorbani-Renani graduated from the industrial and systems engineering doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma where she researched improvements for interdependent network resilience. For SSE, she will bolster the School’s research and instruction on domains such as mathematical modeling, network optimization, infrastructure risk, supply chain risk and energy efficiency of smart cities. 

Ghorbani-Renani has four journal publications, one book chapter, and is a current member of Institute for Operation Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).

John Mikruk, Ph.D. expands upon his role at SSE, furthering his service as a lecturer. Earning his Ph.D. in Engineering Management at Stevens Institute of Technology in 2004 and serving as an adjunct professor in SSE since 2005, Mikruk will continue to administer courses in engineering management, engineering economics, project management of complex systems, system supportability and more.

Alongside his time at Stevens, Mikruk undertook a successful, 20-year long career as Program Manager/Systems Engineer at AT&T, served as CEO and Principal Stockholder at Tower Mechanical Inc. and has taught as an adjunct at Kean University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

We are excited to have all join us in the upcoming Fall 2022 semester.