“During the 06-07 academic year we hired five excellent young faculty members and were privileged to have CUNY Distinguished Professor William Rossow join the faculty,” says Dean Joe Barba. “Now, we are building on that momentum and have recently brought five more instructors into the fold. I am very pleased with the high level of their research experience, which will greatly enrich their respective departments. And, we are attracting administrators with topnotch qualifications who will have a positive impact on the operations of the School.”
Civil Engineering accounts for three of the new recruits, who are all assistant professors. Huabei Liu comes to the Grove School from Tsinghua University in China. His area of expertise is geotechnical engineering with a focus on soil-structure interaction and geosynthetics. Hansong Tang has been with the Oceanography Division of the Naval Research Lab and the Stennis Space Center. He focuses on numerical algorithms and simulation of fluids from various backgrounds, such as explosion in air/water, polymer and its suspension flows, and environmental thermal discharge. And, Tan Yang, who was a Senior Research Analyst at the Environmental Systems Research Institute, in Redlands, CA, concentrates on traveler's behavior, transportation network optimization, infrastructure management, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), logistics systems, and Geographic Information Sciences (GIS).
Two new instructors have joined Electrical Engineering. Assistant Professor Sang Woo Seo comes to the Grove School from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at U C Davis. His research interests are nano/micro fabrication and processing, optical MEMs for biological application and flexible photonics devices for sensors and display. Nicholas Madamopoulos will be joining the department as Associate Professor in October. His expertise is in photonics, photonic information processing devices and systems, photonic sensors, fiber-optic sensors, optoelectronic integration, RF-photonics, components and devices for optical communication networks.
Also in a new position is Francisco Citro who did both his PhD and his post-doc in chemistry at CCNY. He becomes a research associate with the Clean Fuels Institute @ CCNY. His area of research is the development of a viable energy plan, completely based on proven and available technology, to replace fossil fuels with alternative energy sources; with major emphasis on concentrated solar power and hydrocarbons produced from biomass gasification.
In terms of administration, Dr. Yuying Gosser, a research associate professor in the CCNY Chemistry Department who also served as director of the Pathways Bioinformatics and Biomolecular Center, has joined the Grove School as Acting Director of Student Research and Scholarship. She will manage a Center dedicated to advancing, supporting, publicizing and funding student research. Before coming to CCNY, Dr. Gosser was affiliated with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and did her postdoctoral research at Yale and Rockefeller Universities.
Also new to the School is Heather Harvey who will serve as an accreditation specialist and advisor to Computer Science majors. She was formerly with STV, Inc., where she worked as a civil engineer in transit design.