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New Faculty, 2004
The Jacobs School welcomes eight new faculty with July 1, 2004 appointments. They add to the School's expertise in nanotechnology, next-generation networks, earthquake engineering, embedded systems and fluid dynamics.

Massimo Franceschetti, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Expertise: Physical models, algorithms, and protocols of large scale networks.
Ph.D., Caltech, 2002
Most recently: Post-doctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

Franceschetti's recent research has deepened the understanding of key mechanisms underlying how large-scale distributed systems, including wireless networks, handle, process, and communicate information. Examples of such systems include small, networked, applicationspecific wireless sensors that could monitor everything from battlefield conditions to the environment. Profile >>

Tara Javidi, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Expertise: Design, control, and resource allocation of wireless
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2002
Most recently: Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Javidi has focused her research on ways to provide more data at lower cost to a greater number of network users. In other words, she is interested in scalable and optimal utilization and sharing of resources among autonomous users. Profile >>

Ranjit Jhala, Computer Science & Engineering
Expertise: Techniques for building reliable systems, such as model checking and program analysis.
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2004

Testing doesn't always reveal every bug in a system, which is why Jhala is interested in all the possible behaviors of programs involved in systems ranging from dispensing cash from automatic teller machines to applets that execute on Java-enabled browsers. Profile >>

Gabriel M. Rebeiz, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Expertise: MEMS for microwave applications and design of radio frequency/microwave/millimeter-wave systems.
Ph.D., Caltech, 1988
Most recently: Professor, University of Michigan

Rebeiz's research focuses on ultrasmall RF and microelectro- mechanical systems (RF MEMS). These efficient devices have strong commercial and defense potential for a variety of telecommunications and wireless applications. His 2003 book, RF MEMS:Theory, Design and Technology, enjoys a five-star rating on Amazon.com. Profile >>

Tajana Simunic Rosing, Computer Science & Engineering
Expertise: Embedded system design and dynamic management of power consumption.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2001
Most recently: Researcher, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA

Simunic Rosing is an expert on optimizing the battery life, communication, and storage of portable electronics devices such as PDAs, cell phones, and laptops as well as sensors and other embedded systems. Profile >>

P. Benson Shing, Structural Engineering
Expertise: Structural dynamics and behavior of concrete structures during earthquakes.
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1983
Most recently: Professor, University of Colorado

Shing is an expert on the behavior of masonry and concrete structures under earthquake loads. At Colorado, he led a major research equipment project, part of NSF's George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), to develop a fast hybrid test system that combines modelbased simulation with physical testing. Shing also designs and evaluates bridge structures constructed of concrete and fiber-reinforced polymers for the Federal Highway Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation. Profile >>

Daniel Tartakovsky, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Hydrology and applied mathematics, modeling and analysis of flow and transport in heterogeneous media.
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1996
Most recently: Technical Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Tartakovsky is a distinguished mathematical modeler of flow and transport in heterogeneous porous media, and he has been editor for the past four years of Reviews of Geophysics.

Qiang Zhu, Structural Engineering
Expertise: Fluid-structure interactions in offshore systems,
bio-fluid mechanics.
Ph.D., MIT, 2000
Most recently: Research Engineer, MIT

Zhu develops computational models to resolve fundamental engineering problems involving the interaction of fluids with structures.At MIT, he was part of a team that resolved the dynamics of standing surface waves, a problem that had remained unsolved since it was first recognized by 19th century English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday. Profile >>