Campus & Community

Stevens Opens Doors to Record Number of New Faculty for Fall 2018

New faculty to strengthen research and teaching expertise in machine learning, quantum systems, energy storage, financial systems and complex systems, among other fields

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(Hoboken, NJ – Sept. 7, 2018) Stevens Institute of Technology has opened its doors to 30 new faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year, including a new dean and two department chairs. The new group represents the largest number of faculty to be added in a single year in the university’s history, underscoring Stevens’ strategic plan to increase the breadth and impact of the university’s research.   

The record number of new faculty will not only support an expanding student body and growing campus, but also will join a prestigious corps of faculty members in the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, School of Business and School of Systems and Enterprises to strengthen research and teaching expertise in the foundational research pillars at Stevens.

“Stevens’ world-class faculty is the heart of the university,” said Christophe Pierre, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “These new faculty members were selected after extensive searches for top teaching and research talent. Their contributions will help drive Stevens forward, building our achievements and our reputation as a university dedicated to the development of knowledge and the application of technology toward contributing to human progress.”

The new faculty, who will have access to a new 89,950 square-foot academic building with state-of-the-art labs and research facilities, hail from research institutions such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin and Columbia. They represent best-in-class in the university’s strategic priority areas: artificial intelligence, data science, financial systems, complex systems, biomedical engineering and sustainability. 

They are as follows:

School of Business

Apostolos Filippas, Assistant Professor, Information Systems 
Ph.D.: New York University
Recent Affiliation: Stern School of Business, New York University 
Specialization: Financial Systems, Data Analytics 

Pranav Garg, Assistant Professor, Strategy
Ph.D.: University of Michigan
Recent Affiliation: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore 
Specialization: Business Administration and Strategy 

Anand Goel, Koch Chair Associate Professor, Financial Innovation 
Ph.D.: University of Michigan
Recent Affiliation: Navigant Systems, Chicago
Specialization: Financial Systems, Digital Innovation 

Majeed Simaan, Assistant Professor, Finance 
Ph.D.: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Recent Affiliation: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Specialization: Financial Systems, Data Analytics 

Jordan Suchow, Assistant Professor, Information Systems 
Ph.D.: Harvard University
Recent Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley 
Specialization: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science 

School of Systems and Enterprises

Onur Asan, Associate Professor, System Design and Human Factors 
Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Recent Affiliation: Medical School, University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction 

Alparsian E. Bayrak, Assistant Professor, System Design and Analytics 
Ph.D.: University of Michigan
Recent Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University 
Specialization: Smart and Connected Systems, Optimization 

Yehia Massoud, Professor and Dean, Systems Engineering
Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Recent Affiliation: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Specialization: Complex Systems, System Integration 

School of Engineering and Science

William Aeberhard, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences 
Ph.D.: University of Geneva, Switzerland
Recent Affiliation: Dalhousie University, Canada 
Specialization: Statistical Modeling, Data Analytics 

Sergul Aydore, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Ph.D.: University of Southern California
Recent Affiliation: Amazon-SCOT, WA
Specialization: Machine Learning, Stochastic Modeling, Neuro-imaging 

Yi Bao, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering 
Ph.D.: University of Missouri, Rolla
Recent Affiliation: University of Michigan
Specialization: Sustainable Smart Structures, Structural Health Monitoring 

Antonio Barbalace, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: University of Padova, Italy
Recent Affiliation: Huawei German Research Center, Munich, Germany 
Specialization: Parallel and Heterogeneous Architecture, Hypervisors 

Mohammad Hajj, George Meade Bond Professor and Department Chair, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering; Director, Davidson Laboratory
Ph.D.: University of Texas, Austin
Recent Affiliation: Virginia Polytechnic and State University 
Specialization: Fluid-Structure Interactions, Structural Dynamics, Energy Harvesting Systems

Jae Chul Kim, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 
Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Recent Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
Specialization: Large-scale Electro-Chemical Energy Storage, Spectroscopy 

Jinho Kim, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D.: Columbia University, NY
Recent Affiliation: Columbia University, NY
Specialization: Image-Guided Drug Delivery, Minimally Invasive Systems 

Kevin Lu, Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Ph.D.: Washington University, St. Louis
Recent Affiliation: Broadcom, NJ
Specialization: Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Engineering 

Reza Marsooli, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering 
Ph.D.: University of Mississippi
Recent Affiliation: Princeton University
Specialization: Fluid Dynamics in Riverine and Coastal Systems, Coastal Engineering 

Weina Meng, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering 
Ph.D.: University of Missouri, Rolla
Recent Affiliation: University of Missouri, Rolla
Specialization: Structural Analysis, Modeling of Advanced Construction Materials 

Yue Ning, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Recent Affiliation: Virginia Polytechnic and State University 
Specialization: Machine Learning, Forecasting, Data Mining 

Ansu Perekatt, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Chemical Biology 
Ph.D.: University of Illinois, Chicago
Recent Affiliation: Cancer Institute, Rutgers University 
Specialization: Human Genetics, Oncogenesis 

Igor Pikovski, Assistant Professor, Physics 
Ph.D.: University of Vienna, Austria
Recent Affiliation: Harvard University
Specialization: Quantum Systems, Gravitational Phenomena 

Elnaz Banan Sadeghian, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Ph.D.: Georgia Institute of Technology
Recent Affiliation: Qualcomm, CA
Specialization: Signal Processing, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Machine Learning 

Jie Shen, Assistant Professor, Computer Science 
Ph.D.: Rutgers University
Recent Affiliation: Rutgers University
Specialization: Machine Learning, Statistics, Optimization  

Min Song, Professor and Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Ph.D.: University of Toledo, Ohio
Recent Affiliation: Michigan Technological University
Specialization: Computing and Cyber Systems, WiFi/Networks 

Shusen Wang, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: Zhejiang University, China
Recent Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley 
Specialization: Machine Learning, Data Science, Optimization  

Lei Wu, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Ph.D.: Illinois Institute of Technology
Recent Affiliation: Clarkson University
Specialization: Large-Scale Power Systems, Smart Power Grids  

Jun Xu, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ph.D.: Pennsylvania State University
Recent Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University
Specialization: Software and System Security, Software Engineering  

Fan Yang, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley
Recent Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley 
Specialization: Energy Storage, Multi-Scale Models  

Antonia Zaferiou, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2019 Start) 
Ph.D.: University of Southern California
Recent Affiliation: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Specialization: Biomechanics, Motion Analysis, Wearable Sensors 

Xian Zhang, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D.: Columbia University, New York
Recent Affiliation: State University of New York, Buffalo 
Specialization: Energy Storage and Conversion, Nano-Manufacturing