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New Faculty

The Jacobs School welcomes 10 new faculty with July 1, 2003 appointments. They add to the School’s expertise in areas including bioinformatics and bioengineering, energy and environmental engineering, nanotechnology, and next-generation networks.

Vineet Bafna
Computer Science and Engineering
Computational molecular biology, bioinformatics, proteomics and protein identification, and genomic analysis.
Ph.D.: computer science, Pennsylvania State University, 1994
Most recently: Center for Advancement in Genomics; previously, Director of Informatics Research, Celera Genomics.
Prabhakar Bandaru
Mechanical and Aerospace

Nano-materials for magnetic, semiconductor, optical and MEMS/NEMS (micro-/nano- electro-mechanical systems) devices.
Ph.D.: materials science & engineering, UC Berkeley, 1998
Most recently: Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA
Farhat Beg
Mechanical and Aerospace

Laser-solid interactions; multi wire z-pinch dynamics for inertial confinement fusion; plasma-based x-ray and neutron sources.
Ph.D.: plasma physics, University of London, 1995
Most recently: Research Associate, Blackett Laboratory, University of London Imperial College
Steven Buckley
Mechanical and Aerospace

Energy and environmental research, focusing on combustion-generated pollution, novel sensors, general combustion and fire phenomena.
Ph.D.: mechanical engineering, UC Berkeley, 1995
Most recently: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Trey Ideker

Bioinformatics and systems biology; computational modeling of cellular regulatory networks; yeast genetics
Ph.D.: molecular biotechnology, University of Washington, 2001
Most recently: Pfizer Computational Biology Fellow, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Shayan Mookherjea
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Optical devices and optical communication networks, including photonics, lightwave systems and nano-scale optics.
Ph.D.: electrical engineering, Caltech, 2003
Most recently: Won 2003 Wilts Prize for best thesis in Caltech electrical engineering.
Stojan Radic
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Optical communication networks; all-optical processing; parametric processes in high-confinement fiber and semiconductor devices.
Ph.D.: Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, 1995
Most recently: Nortel Networks Chair and Associate Professor, Duke University
Gabriel A. Silva
Bioengineering and Ophthalmology

Bioengineering and neuroengineering applications of retinal physiology, visual neuroscience, and ophthalmology.
Ph.D.: bioengineering and ophthalmology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
Most recently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Bioengineering and Nanoscience in dvanced Medicine, Northwestern University.
Amin Vahdat
Computer Science and Engineering

Distributed systems, computer networks, operating systems, and mobile systems. Highly available, incrementally scalable, secure and dynamically reconfiguring network services.
Ph.D.: computer science, UC Berkeley, 1998
Most recently: Associate Professor, Duke University
Deli Wang
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nanoscale science and technology; semiconductor nanomaterials and devices for electronic, optoelectronic and biological applications.
Ph.D.: materials, UC Santa Barbara, 2001
Most recently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University