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Stevens Adds 33 Faculty Members for 2022-2023 Academic Year

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Stevens Institute of Technology has welcomed 33 new full-time faculty members to its Hoboken campus for the 2022-2023 academic year, part of the university’s ongoing effort to build on its reputation as a home for high-impact research and serve an expanding and increasingly accomplished student body.

These researchers and teachers, recruited from prestigious institutions, bring to Stevens a wealth of knowledge plus teaching and research experience in a range of disciplines. They represent yet another large influx of faculty as the university continues carrying out its mission of applying technology toward innovative solutions to the most challenging problems of our time.

Among the faculty members are Dr. Eve Riskin, who will serve as Dean for Undergraduate Education in addition to joining the faculty as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Jennifer Kang-Mieler, who is chairing the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science.

“Our new faculty members are joining Stevens at an exciting time — Stevens’ reputation is on the rise as we continue to make significant strides toward our strategic goal of inspiring, nurturing and preparing students for an increasingly complex and technology-centric world,” said Dr. Jianmin Qu, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “These talented new faculty were chosen after far-ranging searches, and I am confident that they will contribute to our dynamic culture of innovation and excellence in research and teaching.”  

Below are this year’s new faculty members:

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science

Abrar Alrumayh, Teaching Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: Temple University
Recent Affiliation: Temple University
Specialization: Security and privacy of audio-based systems; smart health systems

Paola DiMarzio, Teaching Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Ph.D.: State University of Rome
Recent Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
Specialization: Viral-host interactions; immunopathogenesis

Hua (Julia) Fang, Professor, Computer Science (joins January 1, 2023)
Ph.D.: Ohio University
Recent Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and UMass Medical
Specialization: Machine learning/statistical learning; behavioral trajectory pattern recognition

Sarah Goodman, Teaching Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Recent Affiliation: The Dalton School
Specialization: Electron microscopy; organic optoelectronics

Jonggi Hong, Assistant Professor, Computer Science (joins January 1, 2023)
Ph.D.: University of Maryland, College Park
Recent Affiliation: Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
Specialization: Human-computer interaction; machine learning; accessibility

Kazi Lutful Kabir, Teaching Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: George Mason University
Recent Affiliation: George Mason University
Specialization: Computational biology and bioinformatics; data mining; machine learning

Jennifer Kang-Mieler, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D.: Northwestern University
Recent Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology
Specialization: Blood flow, drug delivery and imaging related to retinal vascular diseases

Karim Karam, Teaching Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Recent Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
Specialization: Infrastructure planning; infrastructure construction engineering and management

Benjamin Leinwand, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Recent Affiliation: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Specialization: Networks (temporal; dense weighted; multilayer)

Nikhil Muralidhar, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: Virginia Tech
Recent Affiliation: Virginia Tech
Specialization: Artificial intelligence; machine learning; data science and analytics; cybersecurity and privacy

Jacek Ossowski, Teaching Associate Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: New York University
Recent Affiliation: Franklin Templeton (formerly QS Investors, LLC)
Specialization: Machine/deep learning; reinforcement learning; probability; stochastic processes

Michel Ouendeno, Teaching Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D.: Florida Institute of Technology
Recent Affiliation: Florida Institute of Technology
Specialization: Information processing; pattern recognition

Zahra Pournorouz, Teaching Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D.: University of Texas, Arlington
Recent Affiliation: Tarleton State University
Specialization: Nanofluid technology; synthetic oil thermal performance enhancement; molecular dynamics simulation

Eve Riskin, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Stevens Dean for Undergraduate Education
Ph.D.: Stanford University
Recent Affiliation: University of Washington
Specialization: Image processing; signals and systems; communications

Tewodros (Teddy) Zewde, Teaching Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D.: Syracuse University
Recent Affiliation: Wichita State University
Specialization: Wireless communication and networking; PMU and smart grid security

School of Systems and Enterprises

Amro M. Farid, Humphreys Chair Professor
Ph.D.: University of Cambridge
Recent Affiliation: Dartmouth University
Specialization: Electrified transportation, industrial energy management and interdependent smart city infrastructures.

Nafiseh Ghorbani‐Renani, Teaching Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: University of Oklahoma
Recent Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
Specialization: Mathematical modeling, network optimization, infrastructure risk, supply chain risk and energy efficiency of smart cities

Ali Yassine, Teaching Professor
Ph.D.: Wayne State University
Recent Affiliation: New York Institute of Technology
Specialization: Complex networks and machine learning

School of Business

Xinying (Violet) Chen, Assistant Professor, Analytics and Information Systems
Ph.D.: Carnegie Mellon University
Recent Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University
Specialization: Fairness and ethics in the application of optimization and artificial intelligence to support decisions

Justine Hervé, Assistant Professor, Economics
Ph.D.: Fordham University
Recent Affiliation: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Specialization: Labor economics, applied and computational microeconomics, applied econometrics

Joon Hoo Kong, Assistant Professor, Accounting
Ph.D.: Fordham University
Recent Affiliation: Fordham University
Specialization: Corporate disclosures, executive compensation, auditing, corporate social responsibility and compliance, the role of social media, data analytics

Choudur Lakshminarayan, Teaching Professor, Information Systems
Ph.D.: University of Texas
Recent Affiliation: Teradata Labs
Specialization: Mathematical statistics, applied mathematics, machine learning, algorithms

Jingrui (Victoria) Li, Assistant Professor, FinTech
Ph.D.: West Virginia University
Recent Affiliation: Tulane University
Specialization: Asset pricing, fintech, investments, derivatives

Hyewon Oh, Assistant Professor, Marketing
Ph.D.: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Recent Affiliation:
Specialization: Consumer well-being

Sibel Ozgen, Assistant Professor, Management
Ph.D.: Florida International University
Recent Affiliation: Florida International University
Specialization: Strategic leadership and responsible behavior, creativity and entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence–human interaction

Steven Taylor, Teaching Associate Professor, FinTech; Chief Research Officer, CRAFT Center
Ph.D.: SUNY Stony Brook
Recent Affiliation: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Specialization: Quantitative finance

Ryan Wynne, Teaching Assistant Professor, Accounting
Ph.D.: Baruch College CUNY
Recent Affiliation: Baruch College CUNY
Specialization: Impact of economic policy uncertainty on non-GAAP reporting

Haoying (Howie) Xu, Assistant Professor, Management
Ph.D.: University of Illinois Chicago
Recent Affiliation: University of Illinois Chicago
Specialization: Leadership, workplace relationships, workplace emotions

College of Arts and Letters

Michelle Burke, Teaching Assistant Professor, Freshman Experience
Ph.D.: University of Cincinnati
Recent Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology

Samran Dayal, Assistant Professor, Literature
Ph.D.: New York University
Recent Affiliation: New York University

Katheryn Detwiler, Teaching Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies
Ph.D.: The New School for Social Research
Recent Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology

Christian Jurlando, Teaching Assistant Professor, Freshman Experience
Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania
Recent Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology

Allyson Packer, Teaching Assistant Professor, Visual Arts and Technology
Master of Fine Arts: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Recent Affiliation: University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design