Johns Hopkins Engineering welcomes new faculty, leadership
This fall, Johns Hopkins Engineering welcomed one new department director, one new department head, and seven new faculty members. Read more about them here:
Edinah Gnang, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, studies combinatorics and computational linear and multilinear algebra. He came to the WSE from Purdue University, where he was Golomb Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.
Chien-Ming Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, studies human-robot interaction, human-computer interaction and robotics. He came to WSE from postdoctoral work at Yale University. Kyoto, Japan.
Ryan (Peng) Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, focuses his research on computer systems, software engineering and programming language. He joined the WSE from postdoctoral work at Microsoft Research.
Soojung Claire Hur is a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her primary research goals are in development of microfluidic platforms to understand complex fluid dynamics principles and to translate acquired knowledge into practical applications. From 2011 – 2016, Hur held was Rowland Junior Fellow and Principal Investigator at Harvard University.
Ryan Hurley, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and affiliated with the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, studies the relationship between microstructure and macroscopic properties in structurally complex materials using experiments, theory and simulations. He came to Hopkins from his previous position as a postdoctoral researcher in computational geosciences at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Xin Jin, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, came to WSE from postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests lie in computer networking and distributed systems, with an emphasis on software-defined networking, cloud computing and big data analytics systems.
Yannis Kevrekidis is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with secondary appointments in the Whiting School’s Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Urology. Kevrekidis specializes in mathematical modeling of complex/multiscale systems and machine learning, with applications to chemical/biological reaction dynamics, transport, and pattern formation. He came to WSE from Princeton University, where he was the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Michael I. Miller, the Herschel and Ruth Seder Chair in Biomedical Engineering, is the new director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has been a leader in that department since arriving in 1998. Miller, a Gilman Scholar, is the director of the Center for Imaging Science, and co-director of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute. He is an international leader in medical imaging and brain mapping, having pioneered the field of computational anatomy as a modern theory of human anatomical shape and form.
Stavroula Sofou, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, focuses on biomembranes and drug delivery systems. She came to WSE from Rutgers University, where she was an associate professor of biomedical engineering.
Jamie Spangler, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research applies structure-guided molecular engineering to develop innovative platforms for the discovery and design of protein therapeutics that recruit novel mechanisms to overcome the limitations of existing drugs. Spangler came to Johns Hopkins from Stanford University.
Gretar Tryggvason is the Charles A. Miller, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering and new head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Widely recognized for his contributions to computational fluid dynamics, Trygvasson came to Johns Hopkins from the University of Notre Dame, where he was the Viola D. Hank Professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.