Top row (from left): Irfan Ahmed, Abu Zayed Badruddoza, Jennifer Jordan, Dean Krusienski, Changqing Luo, Bradley M. Nichols; bottom row (from left): Ashraf Tantawy, Brian Taylor, Zachary Whitten, John S. Wilson, Tarynn M. Witten, Yanxiao Zhao
Top row (from left): Irfan Ahmed, Abu Zayed Badruddoza, Jennifer Jordan, Dean Krusienski, Changqing Luo, Bradley M. Nichols; bottom row (from left): Ashraf Tantawy, Brian Taylor, Zachary Whitten, John S. Wilson, Tarynn M. Witten, Yanxiao Zhao

VCU College of Engineering welcomes 12 new faculty members

The VCU College of Engineering’s faculty continues to expand. The college’s 12 new faculty have added expertise in a wide range of fields that include cybersecurity, pharmaceutical engineering, biomedical engineering, and alternative energy. A number of VCU Engineering’s current faculty members have also received academic promotions.

“It is with great pride that the College of Engineering welcomes these exceptional new faculty to our academic family,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. dean of the College of Engineering and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Our students will have the opportunity to study with professors who are doing cutting-edge research in fields that address the challenges of our century. Go Rams!”

Meet the new faculty members joining the VCU College of Engineering this fall:

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

Education: Ph.D. in computer science from Ajou University, South Korea; postdoctoral research at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and the University of New Orleans.

Research Interests: Digital forensics; industrial control system security; malware; virtualization security; cybersecurity education


Abu Zayed Badruddoza, Ph.D.

Abu Zayed Badruddoza, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Education: Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore

Research Interests: Pharmaceutical engineering; soft matter; colloids; emulsions; environmental remediation


Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D.

Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Pauley Heart Center

Education: Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; post-doctoral research at the Wake Forest School of Medicine

Research Interests: Translational and clinical cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in cardio-oncology and heart failure


Dean Krusienski, Ph.D.

Dean Krusienski, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Education: Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University; postdoctoral research at the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Laboratory in Albany, NY.

Research Interests: Neural signal processing and analysis for the development of brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetic devices


Changqing Luo, Ph.D.

Changqing Luo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

Education: Ph.D. in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests: Security and privacy; big data; complex networks


Bradley M. Nichols, Ph.D.

Bradley M. Nichols, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Education: Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia

Research Interests: Rotordynamics; turbomachinery; magnetic levitation; dynamic systems and controls; alternative energy


Ashraf Tantawy, Ph.D.

Ashraf Tantawy, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education: Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University

Research Interests: Cyber-physical systems, including model-based design and verification; CPS security; wireless sensor networks


Brian Taylor, Ph.D.

Brian Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Education: Ph.D. in medical imaging from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; postdoctoral research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Research Interests: Development and clinical translation of quantitative medical imaging techniques


Zachary Whitten, M.S.

Zachary Whitten, M.S.

Instructor

Department of Computer Science

Education: M.S. in computer science from Christopher Newport University

Research Interests: Internet radio and software development


John S. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

John S. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Pauley Heart Center

Education: M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern; Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Yale University; postdoctoral research at Emory University Hospital

Research Interests: Cardiovascular mechanics and imaging, aortic aneurysms and dissections, vascular growth and remodeling


Tarynn M. Witten, Ph.D., FGSA

Tarynn M. Witten, Ph.D., FGSA

Professor

Department of Computer Science

Education: Ph.D. in theoretical biology and mathematical physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo; postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California

Research Interests: High-performance computing; computer simulation; mathematical modeling in biomedicine; network analysis


Yanxiao Zhao, Ph.D.

Yanxiao Zhao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education: Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Old Dominion University

Research Interests: Wireless communications and networking; cyber security; internet of things; wireless energy harvesting systems



The following faculty members have received academic promotions:

Charles Cartin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

James G. Miller
Professor of the Practice
Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Ümit Özgür, Ph.D.
Professor with Tenure
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

John E. Speich, Ph.D.
Professor with Tenure
Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Zhifang Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor with Tenure
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Weijun Xiao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor with Tenure
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The following faculty members have been awarded tenure at their current ranks:

Sherif Abdulwahed, Ph.D.
Professor with Tenure
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

James Ferri, Ph.D.
Professor with Tenure
Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Namer Tadeem, Ph.D.
Associate Professor with Tenure
Department of Computer Science

Cang Ye, Ph.D.
Professor with Tenure
Department of Computer Science