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Faculty & research

New faculty 2020

David Bergsman

David Bergsman »

Department: Chemical Engineering
Research focus: surfaces and interfaces, atomic/molecular layer deposition, membrane separations, materials for energy storage and conversion


Michelle DiBenedetto

Michelle DiBenedetto  »

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Research focus: environmental fluid mechanics, microplastics, non-spherical particles, particle-laden flows, surface wave flows


Simon Du

Simon Du  »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: deep learning, representation learning, reinforcement learning, non-convex optimization


Sucheta Ghoshal

Sucheta Ghoshal »

Department: Human Centered Design & Engineering
Research focus: action research, social computing, information communication technologies, technoculture


Ed Habtour

Ed Habtour »

Department: William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Research focus: biomimetic actuation, nonlinear structural dynamics, nature-based robots


David Kohlbrenner

David Kohlbrenner »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: software security, systems, and hardware architecture, hardware design and high level software security


Sajjad Moazeni

Sajjad Moazeni »

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research focus: mixed signal integrated circuits and photonics, neurophotonics and biophotonics


Sara Mostafavi

Sara Mostafavi »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: machine learning, computational biology, systems biology, human disease genomics


Alex Ratner

Alex Ratner »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: data science, data management and visualization and machine learning


Eleftheria Roumeli

Eleftheria Roumeli »

Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Research focus: sustainable materials, biocomposites, novel polymer nanocomposites, mechanics, additive manufacturing


Christopher Sims

Christopher Sims »

Department: Bioengineering
UW Medicine, Rheumatology
Research focus: cell-based biochemical assays, stem-cell based platforms


Chris Thachuk

Chris Thachuk »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: DNA computing and molecular programming, synthetic biology, algorithm and data structure design, scientific software development


Travis Thonstad

Travis Thonstad »

Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research focus: structural engineering and mechanics, earthquake engineering, structural robustness, precast and prestressed concrete, infrastructure and smart cities


Aniruddh Vashisth

Aniruddh Vashisth »

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Research focus: composite materials, data-driven manufacturing, reactive molecular dynamics, nanostructure properties


Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: computational biomedicine, machine learning, natural language processing


Chiwei Yan

Chiwei Yan »

Department: Industrial & Systems Engineering
Research focus: transportation and logistics, sharing economy, marketplace design


Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang »

Department: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Research focus: social computing, computer-supported cooperative work, computational social science, human-computer interaction, data science


New Assistant Research Professor

Shuai ZhangShuai Zhang 

Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Research focus: atomic force microscopy, self-assembly, molecular dynamics at solid-liquid interfaces, interfacial hydration, 2D Van der Waals materials, machine learning

Shuai Zhang joins Materials Science and Engineering this fall as an research assistant professor, having previously taught at the department as an acting instructor and research associate. Shuai has advanced protein-material interfaces in his work to design novel protein-inorganic hybrid materials and better understand how protein-crystal interactions can be systematically programmed.


New Assistant Teaching Professors

Kyle CaldwellKyle Caldwell 

Department: Human Centered Design & Engineering
Research focus: technology ethics, design inquiry methods


Penny HinkePenny Hinke 

Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research focus: technical and creative writing; public speaking and oral presentations

Penny Hinke is joining Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant teaching professor, where she has taught advanced technical communication since 2016. Penny received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and is a graduate of the Artist Trust EDGE Development Program for Literary Artists. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and journals in the US and the UK. She is currently writing a memoir.

Luna HuangLuna Huang 

Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Research focus: data science application in materials research, electronic structure study of quantum materials

Luna Huang received her Ph.D. in 2006 and has since worked as an engineering project manager and educator. She was the design lead on the Washington state Route 520 East corridor project and has served as an adjunct teaching faculty at Bellevue College and as a lecturer for UW Materials Science and Engineering. She currently serves as a board member on the Washington State China Relations Council, improving the commercial and cultural engagement of Washington state with China.

Department: Human Centered Design & Engineering
Research focus: human factors engineering, system design, gender bias

Kristin DewKristin Dew 

Department: Chemical Engineering
Research focus: nanoparticles, particular composites

Sarah CoppolaSarah Coppola