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Introducing Our 2016 Endowed Faculty Appointees

Meenu Garg • DATE: August 23, 2016

Peter Kilpatrick, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is pleased to introduce our new endowed faculty appointees.

Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Nitesh V. Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, serves as the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications, a University Research Center organized around network and data science with multidisciplinary applications, as well as director of the Data Inference Analytics and Learning Lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

He is a PI or co-PI on more than $18.5M in external research grants from various federal agencies, foundations, and industry sponsors and has published more than 180 papers with more than 10,000 citations and an h-index of 37. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Nature Scientific Reports, Knowledge and Information Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems.

A tenure-track faculty member since 2007, Chawla’s research encompasses data science, machine learning, and network science. His research is also at the frontier of interdisciplinary applications with innovative and translational work in healthcare analytics, climate, and environmental sciences, learning analytics, and national security. He is passionate about translating research innovation for solving society’s biggest challenges — data science for the common good.

Affiliations and Honors
Fellow, Kroc Institute of Peace Studies
Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
Fellow, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Early Career Award, 2015
University of Notre Dame Rodney F. Ganey Community Based Research Award, 2014
IBM Big Data Award, 2013
Michiana 40 under 40, 2013
IBM Watson Faculty Award, 2012
Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, 2011 and 2008
National Academy of Engineering New Faculty Fellowship, 2005

Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering
Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering
A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and author of the first textbook covering spatial modeling and analysis of wireless networks, Martin Haenggi directs the Emerging Wireless Architectures Laboratory. His interests include wireless communications and networking, with an emphasis on cellular, ad hoc, vehicular, cognitive, and sensor networks. He is a pioneer in the application of stochastic geometry to the modeling, analysis, and design of wireless networks.

Haenggi has authored or coauthored three books and more than 220 papers, and has served on the editorial boards of the Elsevier Journal of Ad Hoc Networks, the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and the Association for Computing Machinery Transactions on Sensor Networks. Currently, he serves as the chair of the executive editorial committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame electrical engineering faculty in 2001, he served as a postdoctoral research engineer in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley and a research assistant in the Signal and Information Processing Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Affiliations and Honors
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Senior Member, Association for Computing Machinery
Member, Technical Committees on Communication Theory and Wireless Communications/IEEE Communications Society
Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Communications Society, 2016
Best Tutorial Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society, 2010
Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, 2005-06
Early Career Development  Award, National Science Foundation, 2005
ETH Medal for M.Sc. and Ph.D. Theses, 1995 and1999

H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering
A member of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, William F. Schneider is a global leader in the development of molecular-scale computational models and predictions of chemical reactivity. He was an early leader in the application of quantum mechanical density functional theory methods to heterogeneous catalytic reactions. His work in this area has led to a deeper understanding of chemical bonding patterns and reactions at solid surfaces and in liquids, to predictions of catalytic reaction mechanisms, and to precise, quantitative representations of catalytic reaction rates, all of which lead to the design of efficient catalytic systems.

He is particularly well known for his work on catalytic materials and approaches for the destruction of nitrogen oxides,environmental pollutants produced during combustion, and for materials designed for reversible capture of carbon dioxide.

Schneider has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, which have received more than 4,500 total citations and garner more than 500 new citations each year. He is highly active in the professional community and has given more than 120 invited lectures in the United States and abroad.  In addition to his research, he is an accomplished and dedicated educator of undergraduate and graduate students and serves his professional community as a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the premier journal of his field.

Affiliations and Honors
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, American Chemical Society (Divisions of Physical Chemistry, Catalysis, and Colloidal and Surface Chemistry)
Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
BP Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award,College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2009
Technical Achievement Award, Ford Motor Company, 2000
Henry Ford Technology Award, Ford Motor Company, 1996

Viola D. Hank Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Nicholas J. Zabaras recently joined the University's Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, having most recently served as founding director of the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modeling and as the Hans Fisher Senior Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

His research addresses data-driven approaches toward predictive computational modeling and uncertainty quantification in engineering and the sciences. This is a highly interdisciplinary approach in the interface of computational mathematics and statistics, scientific computing, and physical sciences and engineering.

His devotion to teaching is as strong as is his dedication to research as “both are essential for advancing mankind ... improving living conditions for all.” In addition to having his students master knowledge in a specific area, he works to reinforce the ability of students to think clearly and effectively as they develop the foundations for lifelong learning and leadership.

Affiliations and Honors
Fellow, American Association of Mechanical Engineers
Member, American Physical Society
Member, The Materials Society
Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Member, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics
Hans Fisher Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced
Study, Technical University of Munich, 2014Wolfson Research Merit Award, Royal Society, 2014
Michael Tien ‘72  Excellence in Teaching Prize, Cornell University, 2009
Presidential Young Investigator Award, NationalScience Foundation, 1991

Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology
A faculty member since 2010, Diogo Bolster focuses on the impact man has on the earth and its resources, specifically targeting environmental fluid flows and contaminant transport across a wide range of scales from groundwater flows in porous media to more confined flows in enclosed spaces such as buildings.

Bolster’s research expertise spans contaminant transport in coastal aquifers, multiphase flow and reactive contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media, contaminant transport in streams and rivers, probabilistic risk assessment applied to contamination problems, intrusive gravity currents, natural and low-energy ventilation flows, indoor air quality and vortex rings. The projects he has undertaken seek to shed further insight into the physical phenomena taking place in hopes of providing useful and useable tools for practitioners and policy makers in regards to stewardship of the environment.

To date, he has published more than 85 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.In addition to his researchin the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Bolster is an active instructor, teaching courses covering fluid mechanics, groundwater, probabilistic methods for engineers and scientists, and fate and transport of contaminants in environmental flows.

Affiliations and Honors
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, International Society for Porous Media
Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Change Initiative at Notre Dame
Associate Editor, Hydrologic Processes
AGU Editor’s Citation for “Excellence in Reviewing”for Geophysical Research Letters, 2015
National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, 2014

Dorini Family Collegiate Chair in Energy Studies
An assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Tengfei Luo directs the Molecular-level Energy and Mass Transport Laboratory, where he and his team explore fundamental energy and mass transfer on the molecular scale. They then use that knowledge to engineer novel materials for applications such as heat transfer, renewable energy, water treatment, and cancer therapeutics.

Luo, who is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame and the University’s Center for Nano Science and Technology, frequently collaborates with researchers across the University, as well as other institutions and national laboratories. In addition he has developed a number of successful international partnerships as illustrated through the receipt of the inaugural Global Collaboration Initiative Grant at Notre Dame [to develop novel water treatment technology with the SP Research Institute in Sweden] and the Luksic Collaboration Grant through Notre Dame and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile [joint efforts focused on thermoelectrics].

Author and co-author of more than 40 journal papers and one book, Luo joined the University in 2012 having previously obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Honors
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2015
Summer Faculty Fellowship, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, 2015
Best Paper Award, Society-wide Micro and Nanotechnology Forum, ASME IMECE, 2015
Special recognition in GE/Aramco Desalination Challenge, 2014
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2013

Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Structural Engineering
Alexandros A. Taflanidis, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences,concurrent associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, joined the University in 2008.

As director of the High-Performance System Analysis and Design Laboratory, he focuses on the design of sustainable civil infrastructure in response to the nation’s aging infrastructure crisis, while meeting the demands of evolving urban zones characterized by rapid population migration, escalating complexity, and elevated hazard exposure. Through the development and implementation of advanced computational methodologies for natural hazard risk assessment and mitigation using multi-criteria risk informed design, Taflanidis is helping to reduce the loss of life and property in future disasters.His work also focuses on the broader topic of engineering system design under uncertainty. 

Taflanidis, a co-founder of Engineering2Empower (E2E), also works on empowering community resilience in developing nations like Haiti and Ecuador. With activities ranging from scalable disaster risk assessment to risk reduction through sustainable residential reconstruction, E2E is helping to train students to be global citizens, while building a world where communities discover and cultivate their unique potential for resilience.

Affiliations and Honors
Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute (ASCE)
Member, Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE)
Member, Technical Chamber of Greece
Faculty Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
NCEEES Award for Best Undergraduate Project Linking to Professional Practice, 2014
Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Notre Dame, 2014
Frontiers of Engineering Education, 2013
Integrated European Industrial Risk Reduction System Prize of Excellence, 2012
Best Young Researcher Paper Award, 1stInternationalConference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil,Structural, and Environmental Engineering, 2009

AUTHOR: Nina Welding