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New Faculty at the Jacobs School

Vikash Gilja

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gilja's research focuses on brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) with a specific interest in translating basic research into clinical applications. Using statistical signal processing, machine learning and real-time embedded systems, he develops BMIs that effectively use neural signals to control prosthetic devices for individuals with paralysis and neurodegenerative disease. More generally, he is interested in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods that leverage novel techniques and insights from neuroscience to better understand and address neurological and psychological disorders. His approach uses large scale datasets and closed loop control experiments with a variety of neural measurement techniques, including functional imaging and electrophysiology.

Ph.D. 2010 Stanford University

Most recently: Research Associate, Stanford University

Shyue Ping Ong

Assistant Professor, NanoEngineering

Intersecting the disciplines of materials science and information science, our research combines materials informatics approaches with first principles calculations to probe nature's laws and design novel materials for energy. We develop robust architectures for creating and storing large materials datasets, apply rigorous data mining techniques to discover patterns, and use the insights gained to design technologically relevant materials with superior properties. We also conduct virtual first principles experiments to investigate relationships between materials chemistry, structure and property. Current technological areas of focus include new energy storage chemistries and solid-state batteries.

Ph.D. 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Most recently: Sr. Research Associate and Program Manager, Samsung MIT Alliance in Materials Design for Energy Applications

Kesong Yang

Assistant Professor, NanoEngineering

Yang uses computer-based modeling and simulation techniques to study structure-property relationships of nanoscale materials with various applications from energy production and storage to electronic information technology. As a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, Yang developed a tool that visualizes the electronic structure properties of more than 17,000 compounds. His recent work on topological insulators (TIs), which could be essential materials for the next generation of electrical components, was reported in Nature Materials. Yang's research describes a novel high-throughput methodology for the search of TIs, opening a new research direction in computational materials science.

Ph.D. 2010 Shandong University

Most recently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University

Boubacar Kanté

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kanté's multidisciplinary research interests are in the areas of wave-matter interaction, from microwaves to optics and related fields such as nanophotonics, nanoscale photon management, and biophysics. Grounded on the fundamental physical principles and the on-demand dimensionality of nanomaterials, his research addresses tantalizing experimental and theoretical physical questions in the field of nano-optics and intelligent nano-materials to address global energy, defense, and health questions. He is particularly interested in the theoretical modeling, fabrication and characterization of metamaterials for application in information science. Kanté made his mark in the academic community when he demonstrated the first non-magnetic metamaterial invisibility cloak.

Ph.D. 2010 Université Paris-Sud

Most recently: Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley

Jiun-Shyan "JS" Chen

William Prager Endowed Chair Professor in Structural Mechanics, Structural Engineering

Chen's research focuses on computational solid mechanics, multiscale materials modeling and prediction of extreme events. More specifically, he investigates various finite element and mesh-free methods for nonlinear, large deformation and high strain rate mechanics. His research team also applies multiscale computational methods to homeland security applications, manufacturing processes, geomechanics problems, DNA modeling applications, skeletal muscle behavior modeling, and simulation-based disaster prediction and mitigation.

Ph.D. 1989 Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University

Most recently: Chancellor's Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UCLA

David Saintillan

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Saintillan's research centers on the study of fundamental fluid mechanics problems involving complex fluids and complex flows on small scales. His research team uses a combination of modeling, theory and numerical simulations to study the dynamics and properties of flows involving a microstructure suspended in and interacting with a viscous fluid, as arise in many biophysical, environmental and technological processes. Recent problems of interest have included the modeling of electrokinetic phenomena in particle suspensions, the emergence of collective motion in biologically active fluids, and the dynamics and transport of polymers and elastic filaments in microscale flows.

Ph.D. 2006 Stanford University

Most recently: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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