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Jacobs School hires 11 new faculty

The Jacobs School welcomes 11 new faculty members in the 06/07 academic year, bringing the school's total faculty membership to 175. The new faculty help advance the school's focus on nanoscience and nanomaterials, and compliment existing strengths in earthquake engineering, broadband communications, computer architecture, information theory, machine learning, and visualization.

James Buckwalter James Buckwalter, Asst. Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Broadband communication architectures, high-speed electrical and optical links, chip-level signaling, and mixed-signal and microwave integrated circuit design.
PH.D., CALTECH, 2006
Eric Fullerton Eric Fullerton, Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thin film and superlattice growth, interfacial and thin-film magnetism, magnetic recording and nano-technologies, x-ray and neutron scattering.
PH.D., UC SAN DIEGO, 1991
Most recently: Sr. Manager and Research Scientist, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Tara C. Hutchinson Tara C. Hutchinson, Assoc. Professor
Structural Engineering
Earthquake and geotechnical engineering, performance assessment of structural/ nonstructural components, and machine learning and computer vision methods for damage estimation.
PH.D., UC DAVIS, 2001
Most recently: Asst. Professor, UC Irvine
Hyonny Kim Hyonny Kim, Assoc. Professor
Structural Engineering
Impact effects on composite materials and structures with aerospace and other applications, multifunctional materials, nano-materials, and adhesive bonding.
PH.D., UC SANTA BARBARA, 1998
Most recently: Asst. Professor, Purdue University
Young-Han Kim Young-Han Kim, Asst. Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Statistical signal processing and information theory, with applications in communication, networking, data compression, and information processing.
PH.D., STANFORD, 2006
Jan Kleissl Jan Kleissl, Asst. Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Atmospheric boundary layer meteorology, turbulence, integrated field measurements and numerical modeling of evaporation, and wireless sensor networks.
PH.D., JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, 2004
Most recently: Postdoctoral Research Assoc., New Mexico Institute of Technology
Falko Kuester Falko Kuester, Assoc. Professor
Structural Engineering
Adj. Assoc. Professor Computer Science and Engineering Scientific visualization and virtual reality, with emphasis on collaborative workspaces, multimodal interfaces, and distributed and remote visualization of large data sets.
PH.D., UC DAVIS, 2001
Most recently: Asst. Professor, UC Irvine
Melissa K. Micou Melissa K. Micou, Lecturer
Bioengineering
Teaching courses in engineering design, bioengineering, tissue engineering, and the establishment of a NSF-supported projectbased learning center, all with an emphasis on innovation.
PH.D., UC SAN DIEGO, 2001
Most recently: Asst. Professor, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Yu Qiao Yu Qiao, Assoc. Professor
Structural Engineering
Mechanics of materials, high-performance infrastructure materials, failure analysis, protective/ energy-absorbing materials, nano-materials, and nano-fluidics.
PH.D., MIT, 2002
Most recently: Assoc. Professor, University of Akron
Lawrence Saul Lawrence Saul, Assoc. Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Machine learning, pattern recognition, voice processing, neural computation, and artificial intelligence.
PH.D., MIT, 1994
Most recently: Assoc. Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Steven Swanson Steven Swanson, Asst. Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Computer architecture and system design, unconventional microprocessor design focused on integrating hardware, programming languages and software to achieve high performance computing.
PH.D., UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, 2006