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NJIT Expands With 11 New Faculty Members Starting This Fall

Eleven new faculty members will soon join NJIT to help realize the goals of the university’s strategic plan.  The men and women bring expertise in areas including architecture design, solar physics, biology, biostatistics, biomedical engineering and more.

NJIT Provost and Senior Executive Vice President Fadi P. Deek notes that NJIT has continued to expand its research capacity in the second year of a three-year strategic hiring plan.  “This year we have brought in more faculty members at all academic ranks and with interdisciplinary perspective to join our earlier hires,” he said.  “After only one year at NJIT, these new faculty members have developed important research projects in areas of significance for both NJIT and New Jersey.” 

Dirk Bucher, associate professor (appointed with tenure) biological sciences, has previously served as an assistant professor at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences, University of Florida and the Department of Neurosciences at the University of  Florida College of Medicine.  Bucher's primary research focuses on understanding information transfer in animal motor control systems.

Namas Chandra, professor (appointed with tenure), biomedical engineering, had been the Elmer Koch Professor of Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include computational mechanics of materials at various scales, super plasticity, interfaces, nano-bio materials, experimental mechanics, and blast- and blunt-induced traumatic brain injury.  He focuses on understanding trauma, especially brain injury, using engineering principles and biomedical approaches.  Recently his Trauma Mechanics Research Laboratory was recognized in the top 10 shock labs in the country by Popular Science.

Casey Diekman, assistant professor, mathematical sciences, received his doctorate in bioinformatics and industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University.  His primary research focus is on circadian rhythms, with interests spanning computational cell biology, computational neuroscience, and neuroinformatics.  His goal is to uncover mechanisms underlying biological timekeeping, neuronal rhythm generation, and the disruption of rhythmicity associated with certain pathological conditions including sleep disorders, Alzheimer's disease, breathing problems and ischemic stroke. 

Gal Haspel, assistant professor, biological sciences, is a former research fellow at the National Institute of Neural Disorder and Stroke, National Institutes of Health.  His research focuses on the mechanisms of locomotion generation, as well as regeneration of locomotor activity after nervous system injury.  He applies an interdisciplinary approach utilizing molecular biology, genetics, genomics, neuroanatomy, optogenetic, in-vivo imaging, analysis of behavior and computational techniques, using the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans.

Alexei Khalizov, assistant professor, chemistry and environmental sciences, was formerly at Texas A&M University where his research focused on chemical and physical phenomena that control the fate of atmospheric trace chemicals.  His proposed research and teaching will be at the junction of environmental chemistry and environmental toxicology. 

Alexander Kosovichev, professor (appointed with tenure) and director of Big Bear Solar Observatory, CA, is a former senior research scientist with W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, and Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University, as well as a co-investigator for two instruments on the NASA's space mission Solar Dynamics Observatory.  He has over 30 years of experience of direct involvement in the leading space and ground-based observational programs in heliophysics, theoretical modeling, data analysis and numerical simulations. 

Joyoung Lee, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering, had been a research scientist at University of Virginia working as an on-site researcher of the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center of the Federal highway Administration.  His research focuses on greener transportation systems.

Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, associate professor, College of Architecture and Design, is an international award-winning architect and co-founder of studio.entresitio, Spain.  Her work focusses on the design of health care centers and social housing.  A full-time faculty member of the Polytechnic University of Madrid’s School of Architecture since 1998, and recently a visiting professor at Cornell University’s School of Architecture, her teaching and research examines mathematics and idealized systems of order in architecture.  She has participated in several major curated international exhibitions including three Venice Biennales.

Siva Nadimpalli, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, was formerly at Brown University, where his research focused on the mechanics of energy storage materials for the next generation high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries.  His earlier research focused on automotive manufacturing, microelectronics reliability, and energy storage materials.  Nadimpalli has industry experience working for GE Wind Energy and working on projects involving fatigue life assessment and prototype testing of GE wind turbines and certification of wind farms.

Roman Voronov, assistant professor, chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical engineering, trained during his doctoral studies in the area of computational transport phenomena in porous media.  He recently completed a study on bone tissue engineering in which his computations and their corresponding images allow for easy differentiation between cells and scaffold, and is currently completing a second post-doctoral appointment at the University of Pennsylvania as a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Antai Wang, associate professor, mathematical sciences, was an assistant professor of clinical biostatistics in the department of biostatistics and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University.  His research interests lie in survival analysis and microarray data analysis, specifically focusing on modeling multivariate survival data and dependent censored data Department of Mathematics. 

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.