(From left) Daniel Cranston, Ph.D., Patrick Martin, Ph.D., and Ashraf Tantawy, Ph.D.
(From left) Daniel Cranston, Ph.D., Patrick Martin, Ph.D., and Ashraf Tantawy, Ph.D.

Meet VCU Engineering’s new faculty

Four new faculty members join the VCU Engineering ranks this fall. They bring expertise in cyber-physical systems, artificial intelligence for autonomous systems, algorithm design — and a wealth of industry experience. Meet our newest faculty members. 

Daniel Cranston, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Computer Science
Education: Ph.D. in computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests: Graph theory and algorithm design, with a focus on structural and extremal graph theory and graph coloring
Fun Fact: Once designed a crossword puzzle that was published in USA Today

Cranston Profile

Robert Forkins, M.B.A.

Instructor

Department: Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Education: M.B.A. from VCU School of Business
Industry Experience: More than 30 years with Philip Morris U.S.A. in roles including senior process engineer and associate principal engineer 

Patrick Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering
Research Interests: Application of control theory and artificial intelligence (AI) for safe deployment of distributed autonomous systems
Fun Fact: Enjoys reading comics, cyberpunk novels and James Joyce

Martin Profile

Ashraf Tantawy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education: Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University
Research Interests: Cyber-physical systems (CPS), dependable and secure computing, CPS security, AI-enabled CPS
Fun Fact: Enjoys swimming, biking and classical music — especially violin

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