College of Engineering and Applied Sciences New Faculty

Applied Mathematics and Statistics
2013-2014: Evangelos Coutsias
2012-2013: Robert J. Harrison



Evangelos Coutsias

PhD, 1979, Applied Mathematics, Caltech

BS, 1975, Physics, Caltech

Research interests of Dr. Coutsias include: Asymptotics and singular perturbations, high fidelity numerical methods, especially spectral methods. The study of bifurcation and transition phenomena in fluids and plasmas by the blending of asymptotic, variational and numerical techniques. Scientific computing and modeling. Past areas of application include vortex dynamics, the interaction of vortical structures with rigid walls and the formation and evolution of coherent vortices in forced shear layers and in decaying turbulent flows in wall bounded domains.

More recent interests include the development of techniques for high-accuracy modeling of the structure of macromolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids. Dr. Coutsias's work has focused on developing computational geometry algorithms for the problem of loop closure in proteins. He currently applying these to the refinement of homology models and the design of efficient Monte Carlo methods for local structure refinement, using both physical and knowledge based force fields.



Robert J. Harrison
Professor, Director, Institute for Advanced Computational Science

PhD, 1984, Theoretical Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Professor Robert Harrison is a distinguished expert in high-performance computing. Through a joint appointment with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Professor Harrison has also been named Director of the Computational Science Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Harrison comes to Stony Brook from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was Director of the Joint Institute of Computational Science, Professor of Chemistry and Corporate Fellow. He has a prolific career in high-performance computing with over one hundred publications on the subject, as well as extensive service on national advisory committees.

Biomedical Engineering
2013-2014: David A. Rubenstein | Wei Yin Rubenstein



David A. Rubenstein
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2007, Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University

MS, BE, Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University


Wei Yin Rubenstein
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2004, Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University

MS, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron

BE, Biomedical Engineering, Tianjin University, China

BA, English, Tianjin University, China

After graduating from Stony Brook University with a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering, David Rubenstein joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. At Oklahoma State University, Dr. Rubenstein was responsible for teaching basic engineering (e.g. engineering dynamics and heat transfer) and graduate level biomedical engineering (e.g. biofluid mechanics and biomaterial) courses. Dr. Rubenstein was awarded the 2012 Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher Award as well as the 2009-2010 MAE Golden Screw Award, for his teaching efforts in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Dr. Rubenstein’s research interests include the chemical and mechanical factors that initiate cardiovascular diseases and microvascular tissue engineering. In recent work, his lab has focused on the role of tobacco smoke, advanced glycation end products and disturbed fluid shear stresses on the development of cardiovascular diseases. In parallel, Dr. Rubenstein’s group has tried to identify novel means to fabricate simple electrospun scaffolds that can be used within the vascular system to promote microvascular growth. Dr. Rubenstein has published extensively, in the past few years, in these areas.

Research Interests: Cardiovascular dynamics and computational fluid dynamics; Platelet and endothelial cell functions under physiological and pathological flow conditions; Cardiovascular disease related inflammatory responses, especially complement activation; Effects of secondhand smoke on the development of cardiovascular diseases; Biomarker identification in cardiovascular diseases; Biomedical applications of aerogels.

Civil Engineering
2013-2014: Ryan K. Giles | Juhyuk Moon



Ryan K. Giles
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2013, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

MS, 2006, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

BS, 2004, Civil Engineering, BA, 2004, History, Rice University


Juhyuk Moon
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2013, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Berkeley

MS, 2009, BS, 2007, Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University

Dr. Ryan Kent Giles' research focuses on using sensor technology to continuously monitor the condition and safety of bridges and other civil infrastructure. Structural Health Monitoring or SHM, as this process is generally called, aims to supplement current bridge inspection practices providing a more objective approach in assessing bridge health which translates into greater public safety. Utilizing sensor technology not only helps allocate limited resources in a more effective manner, but it also aids in the sustainability of the nation’s infrastructure.

The production of conventional cement contributes to 7-10% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions and there is thus a strong need to develop a new concrete for the sustainable development of our societies. Dr. Moon's research focuses on structural materials with specialty in nano/micro structure characterization and multi-scale simulation. He mainly conducts synchrotron based experiments to develop green concretes, evaluate mechanical characteristics at nano/micro scales and improve mixing strategies for practical applications. Simultaneously, he uses multiscale simulation techniques such as finite element method, molecular dynamics simulation and quantum mechanical calculation to enhance understanding of the mechanical and chemical properties of construction materials.

Computer Science
2013-2014: Jing Chen | Anshul Gandhi | Phillipa Gill | Long Lu | Allen R. Tannenbaum
2012-2013: Leman Akoglu | Michael Ferdman | Vyas Sekar



Jing Chen
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2012, Computer Science, MIT

MEng, 2007, BEng, 2004, Computer Science, Tsinghua University


Anshul Gandhi
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2013, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

BTech, 2007, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Jing Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. She is also an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and an affiliated member of the Center for Game Theory in Economics. Before joining Stony Brook she did a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012, M.E. and B.E. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, China, in 2007 and 2004.

Jing's research lies at the intersection of Computer Science (especially Theory of Computation) and Economics (especially Microeconomic Theory). She has been working on computational game theory, mechanism design, and auctions. She is also interested in cryptography, algorithms, computational complexity, and secure hardware.

Anshul Gandhi has completed his Ph.D. at the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in June 2013. His thesis is entitled "Dynamic Server Provisioning for Data Center Power Management." His research is concerned with Performance Modeling for Data Center Power Management.


Phillipa Gill
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2012, Computer Science, University of Toronto

MS, 2008, BS, 2006, Computer Science, University of Calgary


Long Lu
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2013, Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

BSc, 2007, Information Security, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Phillipa Gill recently completed her Ph.D. "Improving Dependability for Internet-scale Services" in the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Toronto advised by Yashar Ganjali and David Lie. During her PhD she spent time in the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG) at Microsoft Research with Navendu Jain, Boston University Security Group with Sharon Goldberg, and AT&T Labs - Research with Balachander Krishnamurthy. Dr. Gill's research interests are in the general area of computer networking and network measurement. Specifically, she aims to use insights gained through measurement to improve the security, reliability and performance of networks.

Long Lu's interest is to identify and thwart critical security threats that plague widely deployed systems and software, with a current focus on smartphone platforms and the web. His interest is also in designing threat detection and mitigation methods using operating system design concepts, program analysis techniques, and secure system principles. He particularly enjoys implementing these methods into real systems and tools, to demonstrate their effectiveness.

Long's research aims at securing software and systems against critical threats. Recently he has been pursuing this goal in the context of smartphones and the Web. His work frequently intersects with other computer science fields outside of security, including operating systems, program analysis, and software engineering.


Allen R. Tannenbaum

PhD, 1976, Mathematics, Harvard University

BA, 1973, Mathematics, Columbia University

Research Interests: Computational computer vision, image processing, medical imaging, computer graphics, control, mathematical systems theory, control of semiconductor fabrication processes, robotics, operator theory, functional analysis, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, invariant theory, and partial differential equations.

Allen Tannenbaum research focuses on Medical image analysis; computer vision; image processing; systems and control; controlled active vision; mathematical systems theory; bioinformatics; computer graphics.



Leman Akoglu
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2012, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

BS, 2007, Computer Science, Bilkent University


Michael Ferdman
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2012, MS, 2002, BS, 2002, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

BS, 2002, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Leman Akoglu got her Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Aug. 2012 under supervision of Prof. Christos Faloutso. Her thesis is entitled "Mining and Modeling Real-world Networks: Patterns, Anomalies, and Tools." During her doctoral studies, she also worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Labs (two summers) and Microsoft Research at Redmond (one summer). Dr. Akoglu holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Bilkent University.

Dr. Akoglu's research interests are broadly in data mining, graph mining, machine learning, and social media analysis. She primarily focus on pattern mining, anomaly and event detection in large, time-varying graphs using scalable algorithms and tools.

Michael Ferdman completed his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under the supervision of Babak Falsafi. While completing his dissertation, Dr. Ferdman spent several years working remotely from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Dr. Ferdmans' research interests include computer architecture, with particular emphasis on the design of efficient server systems. His primary research objective is to understand the fundamental properties and interactions of application software, operating systems, networks, processor microarchitecture, and datacenter dynamics, to enable software and hardware co-design of high-performance, power-efficient, and compact servers.


Vyas Sekar
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2010, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Sekar's research is at the intersection of networking, security, and systems. Before joining Stony Brook, he graduated with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and was a research scientist at Intel Labs.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
2012-2013: Peter Milder



Peter Milder
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2010, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Applications based on signal processing and related areas (such as communications, multimedia processing, and scientific computing) are crucial components of modern computing, appearing in every type of environment from embedded systems to supercomputers. Their performance and energy efficiency are critically important, making hardware implementation (ASIC or FPGA) attractive, but the difficulty and expense of hardware design often raises a significant barrier to adoption.

Peter Milder's research addresses these problems by combining his interests in hardware, digital signal processing, compilers, and computer-aided design of digital systems. His goal is to use domain-specific knowledge to construct automated hardware generation tools for digital signal processing and related domains, formally capturing an application’s algorithmic and datapath freedoms to enable automatic exploration and implementation.

Dr. Milder's thesis focused on automatic hardware generation of FPGA and ASIC cores for the domain of linear signal transforms (most importantly, the fast Fourier transform or FFT). In it he proposed the Spiral hardware generation framework, a hardware compilation and optimization tool that uses a mathematical formula language to represent transform algorithms and sequential hardware structures. By formally connecting structure within an algorithm with microarchitectural freedoms, the tool is able to symbolically manipulate algorithms and datapaths in order to best match desired cost/performance characteristics.

The resulting system produces high quality designs over a very wide tradeoff space, allowing the user to choose the design that best matches his or her implementation- specific tradeoff goals, balancing cost (power, energy, area) against performance (throughput, latency). The system is able to produce cores that compare well with existing designs in the literature or in IP libraries and enables higher performance/cost design points than otherwise available.

Materials Science and Engineering
2013-2014: Irena (Rina) Tannenbaum
2012-2013: Molly Gentleman | Tae Jin Kim | Esther Takeuchi | Jason Trelewicz



Irena (Rina) Tannenbaum

DSc, 1982, Chemical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

MSc, 1978, Physical Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science

BSc, 1974, Chemistry and Physics, Hebrew University

After graduating from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology with a doctorate in chemical engineering and catalysis, Rina Tannenbaum continued her postdoctoral education until she felt ready to start a career in academia. Tannenbaum, who is currently employed as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, worked as a postdoctoral associate at the McGill University in Montreal, for a year before she joined the University of Minnesota's staff in the late 1980s. She later served the University of Minnesota as an Adjunct Professor and Assistant Professor, as well as a Professor for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Israel Institute of Technology in 2005. Throughout the many years of her career, Rina Tannenbaum has worked with students, has traveled internationally and worked for several different academic institutions.

Rina Tannenbaum has also received accolades for her contributions to the field of science and engineering. Most recently, she was the keynote speaker at The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society's annual meeting in San Diego, in 2011. Rina Tannenbaum was also granted an award for outstanding contribution from the Society for Biomaterials during its 2011 annual meeting in Florida.

As a testament to Rina Tannenbaum's influence in her field and her knowledge of the field of science and engineering, she has been the principal author of more than 100 published articles in scientific journals and in books over the past few decades. Rina Tannenbaum is most interested in such research areas as inorganic reactions in viscous media, hierarchical materials design, and soft condensed matter and complex fluids, and she has additionally taught courses involving chemical applications of group theory and advanced inorganic chemistry during her years as a professor.



Molly Gentleman
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2006, Materials Science, University of California Santa Barbara

BS, 2001, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology


Tae Jin Kim
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2007, Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University

Molly Gentleman and her research group are exploring the development of new functional ceramic coatings for turbine engines by using Raman spectroscopy. Their goal is to create new tough ceramics that can withstand impact by debris in the engine. They are also working on making those coatings superhydrophobic, or water repellent therefore keeping them clean and more efficient.

Dr. Tae Jin Kim's research intention is a development of catalytic methodologies that can control hydrocarbon-based reaction pathways. For developing biomass conversion to fuel and chemicals, he has been exploring the new catalyst development/catalyst active sites and providing reaction mechanism/intermediate molecular structures using in-situ and operando experimental conditions. To understand complex reaction pathways, transition state geometries and thermodynamic properties, he has also been interested in Density Functional Theory calculations and collaborated with theoretical calculation research group in Argonne National Laboratory..


Esther Takeuchi
Distinguished Professor

PhD, 1981, Chemistry, Ohio State University

BA, 1975, Chemistry, History, University of Pennsylvania


Jason Trelewicz
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2008, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

BE, 2004, Engineering Science, Stony Brook University

Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry at Stony Brook University. She also has a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Dr. Takeuchi was employed previously at Greatbatch, Inc., where her achievements in lithium battery research, particularly on cells for implantable applications, led to a number of key technological developments, including the lithium/silver vanadium oxide (Li/SVO) battery, which powers the majority of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). A prolific inventor, she holds over 140 patents.

Dr. Takeuchi is a member of National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous awards for her research achievements. These include the Electrochemical Society Technology Award and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier. She has been inducted into the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame, and was selected for an inaugural Astellas Foundation Award by the American Chemical Society for scientific work impacting public health. In 2009, Dr. Takeuchi was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama. In 2010, she was awarded the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal. In May, 2011 she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Dr. Takeuchi received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in chemistry and history and completed a Ph.D. in chemistry at the Ohio State University. She completed post-doctoral work at the University of North Carolina and University at Buffalo. Her research focus is novel power sources including development of new materials and investigation of faradaic and non-faradaic mechanisms relevant to battery systems.

Jason Trelewicz's research focuses on the science and engineering of nanostructured and amorphous alloy coatings deposited by a variety of non-equilibrium deposition techniques. Particular emphasis is being placed on understanding the fundamental physics responsible for the breakdown of physical scaling laws as characteristic microstructural length scales approach the nanometer regime. Using this knowledge, unique microstructures are being designed to simultaneously optimize multiple material properties and develop a new generation of multifunctional coatings. Prof. Trelewicz received a B.E. in Engineering Science from SUNY Stony Brook in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Stony Brook, Prof. Trelewicz was a Program Manager and Principal Investigator at MesoScribe Technologies, Inc., a high technology company developing harsh environment sensors for the aerospace industry.

Mechanical Engineering
2013-2014: Shikui Chen | Carlos Colosqui | Sotirios Mamalis | Lifeng Wang | Ya Wang
2012-2013: Harold Walker



Shikui Chen
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2010, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

PhD, 2006, Automation and Computer Aided Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Carlos Colosqui
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2009, Boston University

Research Interests: Multi-physics shape and topology optimization, Level set methods, Design optimization under uncertainty (robust and reliability-based design), Geometric and physical modeling and their applications in design optimization, Design of experiments (DOE) and metamodeling techniques, Finite element analysis.

Carlos Colosqui joined the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at Stony Brook in the Fall of 2013. His research work involves theoretical, computational, and experimental studies of transport processes in nano/microscale systems. One of his main interests is in microscale phenomena and novel associated effects in thermofluid systems that classical continuum-based descriptions fail to describe. His research areas include Microfluidics, Colloidal self-assembly, PEM Fuel Cells, and Nano/Micro-Electromechanical Systems (N/MEMS) for sensing and energy harvesting.


Sotirios Mamalis
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2012, MS, 2009, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

MS, 2011, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

BS, 2005, Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens


Lifeng Wang
Assistant Professor

PhD, MS, 2006, Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University

BE, 2001, Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University

Sotirios Mamalis joined Stony Brook Mechanical Engineering in August 2013 after receiving his PhD degree from the University of Michigan. His doctoral research focused on modeling and simulation of low temperature combustion engines for automotive applications. His research interests include experimental and modeling work on advanced combustion engines, adaptation of alternative fuels such as natural gas, DME and biofuels, development of vehicle and fleet models for transportation systems, and thermodynamic analysis of small and large scale power generation systems. Before joining Stony Brook, Sotirios gained some experience from working in the Detroit automotive industry.

Sotirios holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is currently serving as an organizer for multiple conferences and symposia and as a design judge for the Formula SAE annual student competition.

Lifeng Wang's research interests include materials modeling, computational mechanics, micro- and nano-mechanics, materials testing and characterization, materials fabrication, rapid prototyping and 3D printing; mechanical behaviors of polymer fibers, thin films, microstructures, and composites; design and nanomechanics of biological materials, cells, and bio-inspired materials; and mechanics of carbon nanotubes, graphite, and their composites.

Lifeng Wang received his B.E. and Ph.D. both from Tsinghua University, majoring in Solid Mechanics. Before joining Stony Brook, he worked as an assistant professor at Clarkson University and a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lifeng Wang has coauthored 25 journal articles and 1 US patent and has presented at even more conferences. He serves as a frequent reviewer for many journals and conferences. He received the National Science Award from China's Ministry of Education and China’s National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award. He is a member of the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Ya Wang
Assistant Professor

PhD, 2012, MS, 2009, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

MS, 2007, Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico

BS, 2004, Mechanical Engineering, Shandong University

Dr. Ya Wang received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech University, where she defended her thesis "Simultaneous Energy Harvesting and Vibration Control via Piezoelectric Materials" under supervision of Dr. Dan Inman. Her research interests include Energy Harvesting and Wireless Sensing, Functionally Graded Multifunctional Structures, Autonomous Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Robotics and Control.



Harold Walker

PhD, 1996, MS, 1994 Environmental Engineering, University of California - Irvine

BS, 1991, Environmental Engineering, California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Walker's research focuses on understanding surface chemical processes in natural and engineered systems, with an emphasis on clean water. Current areas of research include: predicting the fate and transport of manufactured nanomaterials, cyanotoxins, and other "emerging" contaminants in groundwater, lakes, oceans, and water treatment plants; developing novel membrane treatment systems and membrane cleaning approaches; determining the vulnerability of the public to cyanotoxins in finished drinking water; and understanding the environmental implications of energy extraction and electricity production. As a registered PE and educator, Dr. Walker also has scholarly interests related to engineering as a profession, ASCE Policy 465, engineering and liberal education, professional ethics, diversity and issues of equity in engineering, and globalization. A number of agencies have supported Dr. Walker’s research, including NSF, USGS, NOAA, USEPA as well as a host of state and local sources.

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