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New Faculty — Year 2012-13

The College takes pride in bringing exceptional new faculty to NC State. Since 2000, more than 90 of our faculty members have earned prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER awards, among the top honors given by the federal agency to early-career faculty in science and engineering.

Annual Lists

Lists of new faculty members for previous years going back to 2011 are available. Use the sidebar links to navigate to the desired year.

Information on each faculty member is relevant to the year the faculty member joined the College of Engineering. Check the departments’ websites for more current information.

UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Zhen Gu

Assistant Professor
PhD (2010), University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Controlled drug delivery, bio-inspired materials, implantable biomedical devices and biochip technology.

Gu received his PhD in 2010 with a major in MEMS and nanotechnology from the University of California, Los Angeles, under the guidance of Dr. Yi Tang in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dr. Yong Chen in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Gu also holds a BS in chemistry and an MS in polymer chemistry and physics from Nanjing University in China.

Prior to joining the Joint UNC/NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering, Gu was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Langer in the David H. Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Gu has published 16 peer-reviewed journal papers and has applied for 10 patents. The overall goal of his present studies in the Gu lab is to systematically integrate biomaterials design, biomolecular engineering, and micro/nano-fabrication towards on-demand therapeutics and diagnostics focused on cancer, diabetes and regenerative medicine.

  • Z. Gu, M. Yan, B. Hu, K. Joo, A. Biswas, Y. Huang, Y. Lu, P. Wang, Y. Tang, “Protein Nanocapsule Weaved with Enzymatically Degradable Polymeric Network” Nano Letters, 12 (4533), 2009.
  • Z. Gu, S. Huang, Y. Chen, “Biomolecular Nanopatterning by Magnetic Electric Lithography” Angewandte Chemie, 48 (952), 2009. (Corresponding Author; Cover Feature)
  • Z. Gu, Y. Tang, “Enzyme-Assisted Photolithography for Spatial Functionalization of Hydrogels” Lab on a Chip, 10 (1946), 2010. (Corresponding Author; Cover Feature)
  • Z. Gu, A. Biswas, M. Zhao, Y. Tang, “Tailoring Nanocarriers for Intracellular Protein Delivery” Chemical Society Reviews, 40 (3638), 2011. (Corresponding Author)
  • A. Biswas, K. Joo, M. Zhao, G. Fan, P. Wang, Z. Gu, Y. Tang, “Endoprotease-mediated Intracellular Protein Delivery Using Nanocapsule” ACS Nano, 5 (1385), 2011. (Corresponding Author).

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Dr. Wenqiao (Wayne) Yuan

Associate Professor
PhD (2005), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Microalgae culture and bioprocessing, artificial photosynthesis and bioseparation, biomass thermochemical conversion and product separation/upgrading, microbial fuel cell, and biodiesel quality control and utilization.

Yuan received his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from China Agricultural University and a PhD in biological and agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Yuan was an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University.

Presently Yuan studies bioenergy and bioproducts. His primary research focuses on issues and needs related to biological/engineering systems that produce, process or utilize agricultural commodities and other biologically-based materials for energy and value-added products. Yuan’s goal is to discover and promote the use of next-generation, clean energy and renewable products for a sustainable future.

  • Zhang, W., W. Yuan, X. Zhang, M. Coronado. 2012. Predicting the dynamic and kinematic viscosities of biodiesel-diesel blends using mid- and near-infrared spectroscopy. Applied Energy 98:122-127.
  • Zhang, K., L. Johnson, R. Nelson, W. Yuan, Z. Pei, and D. Wang. 2012. Chemical and elemental composition of big bluestem as affected by ecotype and planting location along the precipitation gradient of the Great Plains. Industrial Crops and Products 40:210-218.
  • Chaichalerm, S., P. Pokethitiyook, W. Yuan, M. Meetam, K. Sirthong, W. Pugkaew, K. Kungvansaichol, M. Kruatrachue, P. Damrongphol. 2011. Culture of microalgal strains isolated from natural habitats in Thailand in various enriched media. Applied Energy 89:296-302.
  • Shen, Y., W. Yuan, Z. Pei, and E. Mao. 2010. Heterotrophic culture of Chlorella protothecoides in various nitrogen sources for lipid production. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (160):1674-1684.

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Dr. Mark D. Losego

Research Assistant Professor
PhD (2008), North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Synthesis of complex materials systems with organic-inorganic interfaces and/or three-dimensional meso-/nano-structuring and understanding their electrical, optical, and thermal properties for renewable energy technologies.

Losego received his BS in materials science and engineering from Penn State University in 2003. He completed both his MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering at NC State in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Losego was a postdoctoral researcher in the materials science and engineering department at the University of Illinois.

Presently Losego studies how meso-structuring and surface passivation can be used to improve and prolong the performance of photoelectrochemical cells for solar water splitting and hydrogen fuel generation. He also investigates how organic/inorganic interfaces can be engineered to control heat flow for thermoelectric energy harvesting devices. Another area of interest is studying alternative materials for plasmonic applications, including conductive oxides.

Losego’s work is primarily experimental with a focus on chemical synthesis of materials (colloids, polymer brushes and SAMs), atomic layer deposition, electrochemistry, physical vapor deposition methods (sputtering, MBE), and materials characterization.

  • M.D. Losego, M.E. Grady, N.R. Sottos, D.G. Cahill, and P.V. Braun, “Effects of atomic bonding on heat transport across interfaces.” Nature Materials 11 502 (2012).
  • E.A. Paisley, M.D. Losego, B.E. Gaddy, A.L. Rice, R. Collazo, Z. Sitar, D.L. Irving, and J-P. Maria, “Surfactant-enabled epitaxy through control of growth mode with chemical boundary conditions.” Nature Communications 2 461 (2011).
  • M.D. Losego, J. Guske, A. Efremenko, J-P. Maria, and S. Franzen, “Characterizing the molecular order of phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers on indium tin oxide surfaces.” Langmuir 27 11883 (2011).
  • L.C.H. Moh, M.D. Losego, and P.V. Braun, “Ellipsometric investigation on the effects of solvent quality on scaling behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) brushes in the moderate and high density regimes.” Langmuir 27 3698 (2011).
  • M.D. Losego, A.Y. Efremenko, C.L. Rhodes, M.G. Cerruti, S. Franzen, J-P. Maria, “Conductive oxide thin films: Model systems for understanding and controlling surface plasmon resonance.” Journal of Applied Physics 106 024903 (2009).
Dr. Erik E. Santiso

Assistant Professor
PhD (2007), North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Computer-based approaches for the automatic discovery of new materials and chemicals; molecular modeling of solids and structured fluids; and crystallization.

Santiso received his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from La Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, where he worked as an assistant professor. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from NC State and later was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Santiso was a research associate at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State. He will join the NC State faculty in January 2013.

Currently Santiso is developing new methods to discover new materials and chemicals using computer simulation methods. Some of the applications considered are the development of new surfactants for carbon dioxide capture, the discovery of new synthetic biomimetic polymers, the development of oxygen carriers for chemical looping, and the design of adsorption media for difficult separations. Santiso also studies the mechanisms by which order arises in solids and structured fluids.

  • A. Centrone, E.E. Santiso, T.A. Hatton, “Separation of Chemical Reaction Intermediates by Metal-Organic Frameworks,” Small 7, 2356 (2011).
  • E.E. Santiso, L. Huang, K.E. Gubbins, M.K. Kostov, A.M. George, M.B. Nardelli, “Ab Initio Simulations of Chemical Reactions in Nanostructured Carbon Materials,” in Quantum Chemical Calculations of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials, V.A. Basiu, P. Ugliengo (Eds.), American Scientific Publishers (2010).
  • S. Paul, E.E. Santiso, M.B. Nardelli, “Sequestration and Selective Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide on Graphene Edges,” J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 21, 355008 (2009).
  • E.E. Santiso, M.B. Nardelli, K.E. Gubbins, “A Remarkable Shape-Catalytic Effect of Confinement on the Rotational Isomerization of Small Hydrocarbons,” J. Chem. Phys. 128, 034704 (2008).

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Cassie Hintz

Assistant Professor
PhD (2012), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Asphalt pavement design, multi-scale characterization of asphalt materials, asphalt modification technology, and asphalt pavement distress mechanisms.

Hintz received her BS, MS and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research is focused on the characterization of asphalt materials with the goal of developing a fundamental understanding of distress mechanisms and factors affecting asphalt pavement behavior.

Specifically, Hintz’s work utilizes multi-scale characterization to improve our understanding of asphalt binders and their interaction with mineral aggregates. The research could lead to improved methods for material selection and asphalt mixture design. Additionally, Hintz investigates asphalt modification technology used to improve pavement durability and sustainability. She joined the faculty at NC State in August 2012.

  • Hintz, C.; Velasquez, R.; Li, Z.; and Bahia, H. Effect of Oxidative Aging on Binder Fatigue Performance, Journal of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, Vol. 80, 2011, pp. 527-548.
  • Hintz, C.; Velasquez, R.; Johnson, C.; and Bahia, H. Modification and Validation of the Linear Amplitude Sweep Test for Binder Fatigue Specification. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2207, 2011, pp. 99-106.
  • Hintz, C. and A. Vonderohe. Comparison of Earthwork Computation Methods. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2215, 2011, pp. 100-104.
  • Stimili, A.; Hintz, C., Zhijun.; L., Velasquez, R.; and Bahia, H. Effect of Healing on Fatigue Law Parameters of Asphalt Binders, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. TBD, 2012, pp. TBD.
  • Faheem, A.; Hintz, C.; Bahia, H.; and Al-Qadi, I. Influence of Filler Fractional Voids on Mastic and Mixture Performance, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. TBD, 2012, pp. TBD.

Department of Computer Science

Dr. Tiffany Barnes

Associate Professor
PhD (2003), North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Educational data mining; serious games for education, health and energy; and broadening participation in computing education and research.

Barnes received her PhD in computer science from NC State in 2003 and also holds BS and MS degrees in computer science and mathematics from the university. She was an associate professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before joining the NC State faculty in August 2012.

Barnes has served as chair and program chair of the International Conference on Educational Data Mining; chair of the STARS Celebration Conference; and program track chair for the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. She has also been associate editor for the Journal of Educational Data Mining and guest editor for the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications special issue on serious games.

Barnes received an NSF CAREER Award for her novel work in using data and educational data mining to add intelligence to STEM learning environments. She is co-PI and current executive vice president for the STARS Alliance, a consortium of universities that engages college students in outreach, research and service to broaden participation in computing.

  • Acey Boyce, Antoine Campbell, Shaun Pickford, Dustin Culler, and Tiffany Barnes. 2012. Maximizing learning and guiding behavior in free play user generated content environments. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM annual conference on innovation and technology in computer science education (ITiCSE ’12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 10-15.
  • John Stamper, Tiffany Barnes, and Marvin Croy (2011). Enhancing the Automatic Generation of Hints with Expert Seeding. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Special Issue “Best of ITS,” 2011. IOS Press.
  • S. Finkelstein, A. Nickel, Z. Lipps, T. Barnes, Z. Wartell, E. Suma. (2011). Astrojumper: Motivating exercise with an immersive virtual reality exergame. Presence.
  • Barnes, T. and J. Stamper. (2010). Using Markov decision processes for student problem-solving visualization and automatic hint generation. Handbook on Educational Data Mining. CRC Press.
Dr. Lina Battestilli

Teaching Assistant Professor
PhD (2005), North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Transformation of datacenter networking to support cloud computing; software defined networking; openflow; techniques and uses of deep packet processing; scale-out architectures; advanced scheduling of network resources; and control and management plane design development.

Battestilli received a BS in electrical engineering with a minor in applied mathematics from Kettering University in 1999. She received her MS in computer networking and a PhD in computer science from NC State in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Battestilli was a network research engineer at Next Generation Computing Systems at IBM Research. She worked on PowerEN Technology, a blur between general purpose and networking processors and hardware accelerators. Battestilli identified and studied workloads at the edge of the network that required high-throughput and fast deep packet processing.

Battestilli is also interested in innovation in computer science education, especially through the use of cloud-computing technology.

  • Lina Battestilli, Terry Nelms, Steven W. Hunter, Gary Shippy, “High Performing Scale-Out Solution for Deep Packet Processing via Adaptive Load Balancing,”Proceedings of the 18th IEEE Workshop on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN 2011), October 2011, Chapel Hill, NC (best paper award).
  • Lina Battestilli, Gary Shippy, Terry Nelms and Steven W. Hunter, “Load-balancing via Modulus Distribution and TCP Redirection due to Server Overload,” IBM Patent 2010.
  • L. Battestilli, H. Perros, S. Chukova, “Burst Lost Probabilities in a Network with Simultaneous Link Possession: A Single-Node Decomposition Algorithm,” IET Communications, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 441-453, March 2009.
  • Gigi Karmous-Edwards, Arun Viswanath, Douglas Reeves, Lina Battestilli, Priyanka Vegesna, George N. Rouskas, “Edge-Reconfigurable Optical Networks (ERONs): Rationale, Network Design and Evaluation,” IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 27, no.12, pp. 1837-1845, June 15, 2009.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Jacob Adams

Assistant Professor
PhD (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Electrically small, conformal and reconfigurable antennas; novel materials and fabrication techniques for microwave systems; electromagnetic modeling; antenna integration; microwave measurements; and bioelectromagnetics.

Adams received his BS and MS degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio State University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2011. From January 2011 until December 2012, Adams was an Intelligence Community postdoctoral research associate in the Electromagnetics Laboratory at the University of Illinois. He will join the NC State faculty in January 2013.

Adams develops antennas for a variety of applications, including mobile communications, wireless sensors and defense systems. He is also interested in novel materials and fabrication methods for multifunctional, conformal and flexible microwave devices. In addition, Adams studies the application of eigendecomposition techniques to improve antenna modeling and design.

  • J.J. Adams, E.B. Duoss, T.F. Malkowski, M.J. Motala, B.Y. Ahn, R.G. Nuzzo, J.T. Bernhard, and J.A. Lewis, “Conformal printing of electrically small antennas onto three-dimensional surfaces,” Adv. Mat., vol. 23, no. 11, pp. 1335-1340, 2011 (cover article).
  • J.J. Adams and J.T. Bernhard, “A modal approach to tuning and bandwidth enhancement of an electrically small antenna,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 1085-1092, 2011.
  • J.J. Adams, S.C. Slimmer, T.F. Malkowski, E.B. Duoss, J.A. Lewis, and J.T. Bernhard, “Comparison of spherical antennas fabricated via conformal printing: helix, meanderline, and hybrid designs,” IEEE Antennas Wirel. Propag. Lett., vol. 10, pp. 1425-1428, 2011.
  • J.J. Adams, S.C. Slimmer, J.A. Lewis, and J.T. Bernhard, “Bandwidth limitations, matching, and fabrication of multimode electrically small antennas,” in Proc. 2011 Antenna Appl. Symp., pp. 162-179, Monticello, IL.
  • A. Russo, B.Y. Ahn, J.J. Adams, E.B. Duoss, J.T. Bernhard, and J.A. Lewis, “Pen-on-paper flexible electronics,” Adv. Mat., vol. 23, no. 30, pp. 3426-3430, 2011.
Dr. Douglas C. Hopkins

Research Professor
PhD (1989), Virginia Tech

Research Interests: Power electronics and electronic packaging for high-performance electronic energy systems; multi-physics modeling and simulation; topology development; and application of inorganic and organic composite materials for fabrication of ultra high-density, high-temperature circuits and devices.

Hopkins received his BS and MS degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech, where he pioneered megahertz-frequency switch-mode power sources using highly integrated high-density packaging techniques. Prior to receiving his PhD, Hopkins worked at the General Electric Global Research Center. He has held faculty positions at the State Universities of New York at Binghamton and Buffalo.

Hopkins now directs the Laboratory for Packaging Research in Electronic Energy Systems at NC State. He is a Fellow of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society and has held invited fellowships at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, the US Army’s Fort Monmouth, the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field and the Ohio Space Institute. He founded the power electronics packaging technical committees for IEEE-CPMT, IEEE-PELS, IMAPS and the PSMA. He has authored more than 100 journal and conference publications, including many that have won awards. Hopkins joined the NC State faculty in August 2011.

  • “A MEMS Sensor for Gas Detection in High Voltage Oil Filled Equipment,” Krishna P. Bhat, Douglas C. Hopkins, Kwang Oh, IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications, Sept. 2012.
  • “Extreme Thermal Transient Stress Analysis with Pre-Stress in a Metal Matrix Composite Power Package,” D.C. Hopkins, T. Baltis, J.M. Pitaressi, D.R. Hazelmyer, High Temperature Electronics Conference (HiTEC), Albuquerque, NM, May 8-10, 2012.
  • “Results for an Al/AlN Composite 350C SiC Solid-State Circuit Beaker Module,” K. Bhat, Y.B. Guo, Y. Xu, D.R. Hazelmyer, D.C. Hopkins, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conf. (APEC), Orlando, FL, Feb 5-9, 2012.
  • “Electromigration Time to Failure of SnAgCuNi Solder Joints,” C. Basaran, S. Li, D.C. Hopkins, and D. Veychard, J. of Applied Physics, 106, 013707 (2009).
  • “A Dynamic Model for a Gas-Liquid Corona Discharge Using Neural Networks,” A. Hosny, D.C. Hopkins, et al, Trans. on Power Engineering, July 2009.
Dr. Michael Kudenov

Assistant Professor
PhD (2009), University of Arizona

Research Interests: Developing novel imaging systems, interferometers, detectors, and anisotropic materials related to polarization and spectral sensing; snapshot systems that are capable of maximizing the spatial, spectral, and/or polarimetric information contained within a single image; 3D imaging; and atmospheric monitoring.

Kudenov completed his BS in electrical engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005. Upon graduation, his personal interest in astronomy and photography led him to obtain his PhD in optical sciences at the University of Arizona in 2009. Following his PhD, Kudenov remained a postdoctoral researcher and assistant research professor at the university until joining the NC State faculty in August 2012.

While at the University of Arizona, Kudenov’s research included visible and infrared imaging polarimetry, spectroscopy, 3D profilometry, interferometry, and lens design. He has authored 13 journal articles, 15 conference proceedings and one book contribution. He has two pending patents and is in the process of writing a new book on optical instrumentation.

  • M. Kudenov and E. Dereniak, “Compact real-time birefringent imaging spectrometer,” Opt. Exp. 20, 17973-17986 (2012).
  • M. Kudenov, M. Escuti, N. Hagen, E. Dereniak, and K. Oka, “Snapshot imaging Mueller matrix polarimeter using polarization gratings,” Opt. Lett. 37, 1367-1369 (2012).
  • M. Kudenov, M. Escuti, E. Dereniak, and K. Oka, “White-light channeled imaging polarimeter using broadband polarization gratings,” Appl. Opt. 50, 2283-2293 (2011).
  • M. Kudenov, M. Jungwirth, E. Dereniak, and G. Gerhart, “White-light Sagnac interferometer for snapshot multispectral imaging,” Appl. Opt. 49, 4067-4076 (2010).
  • M.W. Kudenov, J.L. Pezzaniti and G.R. Gerhart, “Microbolometer-infrared imaging Stokes polarimeter,” Opt. Eng. 48, 063201 (2009).
Dr. Ning Lu

Associate Professor
PhD (2002), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: Modeling and analyzing power system load behaviors, wide-area energy storage, wind integration, climate impact on power grids, and predictive defense model of the smart grid.

Lu received a BS in electrical engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and an MS in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1993 and 1999, respectively. She has more than 18 years of experience in electric power engineering and is a senior member of the IEEE. Lu has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports.

Lu was a senior research engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2003 to 2012. Prior to this position, she was a substation design engineer with the Shenyang Electric Power Survey and Design Institute in China, from 1993 to 1998. Lu will join the faculty at NC State in January 2013.

  • N Lu. 2012. “An Evaluation of the HVAC Load Potential for Providing Load Balancing Service,” accepted by IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid.
  • N Lu, Y.V. Makarov, and M.R. Weimar. 2010. The Wide-area Energy Management System Phase 2 Final Report. PNNL-19720, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • N Lu, Q. Li, X. Sun, and M.A. Khaleel. 2006. “The Modeling of a Standalone Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit.” Journal of Power Sources161(2):938-948.
  • N Lu, D.P. Chassin, and S.E. Widergren. 2005. “Modeling Uncertainties in Aggregated Thermostatically Controlled Loads Using a State Queueing Model.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 20(2):725-733.
  • N Lu, J.H. Chow, and A.A. Desrochers. 2004. “Pumped-Storage Hydro-Turbine Bidding Strategies in a Competitive Electricity Market.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 19(2):834-841.
Dr. David Lubkeman

Research Professor
PhD (1983), Purdue University

Research Interests: Electric power distribution system analysis, distribution automation, distribution management systems, microgrid applications, and equipment asset management.

Lubkeman holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue University with an emphasis in power systems engineering. He has MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering, also from Purdue.

Lubkeman has more than 25 years of experience in distribution systems and automation and has been an active participant in technical development activities, resulting in more than 40 publications and 13 US patents. His previous industry experience includes working at Sensus as a senior product manager for distribution automation; at KEMA consulting in the areas of smart grid business case analysis, large-scale energy storage and renewable energy integration; and at ABB, where he was involved in the development of solutions for distribution automation and asset management. Lubkeman’s prior academic experience was as an associate professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. He is also a licensed professional engineer.

Lubkeman is currently a lead instructor with the Electric Power Systems Engineering (EPSE) Master of Science professional degree program. He also is a research faculty member associated with the NSF FREEDM Systems Center.

  • Pan, J.; Wang, Z.; Lubkeman, D.; “Condition Based Failure Rate Modeling for Electric Network Components,” IEEE PES Power Systems Conference and Exposition 2009 Conference Proceedings.
  • Pahwa, A.; Xiaoming Feng; Lubkeman, D.; “Performance Evaluation of Electric Distribution Utilities Based on Data Envelopment Analysis,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Volume 18, Issue 1, Feb. 2003, Pages:400-405.
  • US Patent 7,010,437: Electric utility storm outage management.
  • US Patent 7,751,166: Advanced feeder architecture with automated power restoration.
  • US Patents 7,725,295 and 7,672,812: Cable fault detection.
Dr. David S. Ricketts

Associate Professor
PhD (2006), Harvard University

Research Interests: Micro- and nano-integrated circuits, systems and devices for analog and high-speed applications.

Ricketts received his PhD in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University and his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining academia, he spent eight years in industry developing more than 40 integrated circuits in mixed-signal, RF and power management applications. Ricketts’ research crosses the fields of physics, materials science and circuit design, investigating the ultimate capabilities of microelectronic devices and how these devices are harnessed by differing circuit topologies to produce the highest performing systems.

  • D. Arumugam, J. Griffin, D. Stancil and D.S. Ricketts, “2-Dimensional Position Tracking using Magnetoquasistatic Fields,” Int. Conf. on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, Sept. 2011.
  • D.S. Ricketts, J.A. Bain, Y. Luo, S. Blanton, K. Mai and G.K. Fedder, “Enhancing CMOS using nanoelectronic devices, a perspective on hybrid integrated systems,” Proc. of the IEEE, Nov. 2010.
  • D.S. Ricketts, X. Li, and D. Ham, “Electrical Soliton Oscillator,” IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Tech., vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 373-382, Jan. 2006.
  • R.S. Friedman, M.C. McAlpine, D.S. Ricketts, D. Ham, C.M. Lieber, “High-speed integrated nanowire circuits,” Nature, vol. 434, p.1085, Apr. 2005.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Venkateswaran (Venkat) Narayanaswamy

Assistant Professor
PhD (2010), University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: High-speed flow physics and control; development of plasma-based flow control actuators; development of laser diagnostic techniques; and turbulence-chemistry interactions in reacting flows.

Narayanaswamy received his B. Tech in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2004. He pursued his doctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin and received his PhD in 2010. Narayanaswamy continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas until 2011. He subsequently spent an additional year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Combustion Technology at RWTH Aachen University in Germany before joining the NC State faculty in September 2012.

Narayanaswamy studies the physics of high-speed flows with an emphasis on the interaction between shock waves and flow turbulence. His research also involves developing novel plasma-based actuators to control different canonical flows, which find applications in energy and transportation. Narayanaswamy also studies the complex interactions between the chemistry and flow turbulence that occurs in several practical combustors such as gas turbines, furnaces and automobile engines. He develops new laser-based diagnostic techniques to probe this interaction and aid in the development of the next generation high-efficiency, emission-free combustors.

  • Narayanaswamy, V., Raja, L.L., and Clemens, N.T., “Control of unsteadiness of a shock wave/turbulent boundary layer interaction by using a pulsed-plasma jet actuator,” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 24, 076101-22, 2012.
  • Narayanaswamy, V., Raja, L.L., and Clemens, N.T., “Control of a shock/boundary layer interaction by using a pulsed plasma jet actuator,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 246-249, 2012.
  • Narayanaswamy, V., Raja, L.L., and Clemens, N.T., “Method for acquiring pressure measurements in presence of plasma induced interference for supersonic flow control applications,” Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 22, p. 125107 (11 pages), 2011.
Dr. Mark Pankow

Assistant Professor
PhD (2010), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Interests: Composite materials, especially woven composite materials; ballistic, blast and other high rates of loading with experimental validation; and finite element modeling of composite systems including rate-dependent properties.

Pankow earned his BS in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 2005. In 2007 he received an MSE in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he continued his education and received his PhD in 2010. After graduating, Pankow started his position as a postdoctoral researcher at the US Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md.

Pankow’s research looks at understanding composite materials under high rates of loading. Many of the applications for composite materials are in extreme environments in which ballistic, blast and high-speed impact will be the main design consideration. Understanding how these materials respond in these environments will help his research group better design for numerous applications, taking full advantage of weight savings. Using controlled tests, the group can understand how these materials behave through high-speed diagnostics and in-situ full field measurements. These observations can then be validated through means of theory or detailed finite element modeling to verify the results.

  • M. Pankow, A. Salvi, A.M. Waas, C.F. Yen, and S. Ghiorse, “Split Hopkinson pressure bar testing of 3D woven composites.” Composites Science and Technology, 71(9):1196-1208, 2011.
  • M. Pankow, A.M. Waas, C.F. Yen, and S. Ghiorse, “Shock loading of 3D woven composites: A validated finite element investigation.” Composite Structures, 93(5):1347-1362, 2011.
  • M. Pankow, B. Justusson, A. Salvi, A.M. Waas, C.F. Yen, and S. Ghiorse, “Shock response of 3D woven composites: An experimental investigation.” Composite Structures, 93(5):1337-1346, 2011.
  • M. Pankow, A.M. Waas, C.F. Yen, and S. Ghiorse, “Resistance to delamination of 3D woven textile composites evaluated using end notch flexure (enf) tests: Cohesive zone based computational results.” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 42(12):1863-1872, 2011.