New Faculty 2016

Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Ganesh Bora
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University
M.S., Agricultural Machinery & Management, Asian Institute of Technology
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Agri University

Research Interests: Precision Agriculture, Machinery Systems, Data Management, Sensors Applications, Mechanical Harvesting, UAS Applications

hortonRenita E. Horton
Assistant Professor

Ph.D, Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
M.S., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University

Technical interests: Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiac Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, Microfluidics, Organs on Chips

priddyLauren B. Priddy
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., BioEngineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Mississippi State University
B.S., Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University

Research interests: Orthopedic Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Regenerative Medicine



Aerospace Engineering

BelkDavy Belk
Professor and Department Head, Bill and Carolyn Cobb Endowed Chair

B.S. with Honors, Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
Ph.D., Engineering, Mississippi State University

Research interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Mechanics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Penetration Mechanics, Blast Effects



Chemical Engineering

AmirlatifiAmin Amirlatifi
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.S., Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Petroleum Technology
M.E., Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary
B.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Petroleum Technology

Research interest: Data analytics in Petroleum Engineering, Geomechanics, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration, Transport Modeling, Waste Water Management.

ColeDavid Cole

M.S. Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1997
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1981

Technical interests: Completions and Well Interventions, Sand Control, Hydraulic Fracturing, Production Engineering, Artificial Lift, Inflow and Outflow, Drilling, Tubing and Casing Design, Production Operatioss’ns



Civil and Environmental Engineering

RamirezJohn J. Ramirez Avila
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mississippi State University
M.S., Soils, University of Puerto Rico
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Research interests: Surface and subsurface hydrology, Agricultural and urban non-point source pollution, Soil and fluvial erosion and sediment transport processes, Channel and watershed modeling, GIS applications in water resources engineering, Sensitivity and uncertainty of environmental models



Computer Science and Engineering

BhowmikTanmay Bhowmik
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Computer Science, Mississippi State University
M.S., Computer Science, Mississippi State University
B.S., Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Research interests: Social Aspects in Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Secure Software Engineering, Software Evolution, Software Maintenance, Software Ecosystem, Software Reuse and Integration

YoungMaxwell Young
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Waterloo
M.S., Computer Science, University of New Mexico
B.S., Computer Science, University of British Columbia
B.S., Mathematics, Queen’s University

Research Interests: Distributed computing, security for large-scale decentralized systems, algorithm design and analysis.



Electrical and Computer Engineering

Joni Klüss
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering, Aalto University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology

Research interests: dielectric and gaseous breakdown, high voltage measurement and testing techniques, high voltage insulator design, and EMP research.

KurumMehmet Kurum
Assistant Professor

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University
MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University
BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University

Research interests: Microwave and Millimeter-wave Remote Sensing, RF Sensors & Systems, Radiation and Scattering Theory, Antennas & Computational Electromagnetics, Subsurface & Subcanopy Sensing and Imaging, GNSS Reflectometry

Mohammadi-AraghJean Mohammadi-Aragh
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
M.S., Computer Engineering, Mississippi State
B.S., Computer Engineering, Mississippi State

Research interests: Engineering education, data analytics, scientific visualization, personal learning

ShivakumaraiahLokesh Shivakumaraiah
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Mississippi State University
M.S.,Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University
B.S., Electronics and Communications, Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India

Research interest: Digital Systems Design, VLSI Design, Engineering Education, Asynchronous Design



Industrial & Systems Engineering

BurchReuben F. Burch V
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University
M.S., Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Kansas State University
B.S., Computer Engineering | Mississippi State University

Research interest: Human Factors and Ergonomics, Human / Technology Interaction, Generational Cohort Characteristics, Industrial Technology Research & Development, Logistics and Transportation

MaJunfeng Ma
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Engineering Management, Wilkes University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Research Interests: Multi-Criteria/Disciplinary Design Optimization, Machine Learning/Data Mining, Supply Chain/Logistics Modeling and Management, Sustainability Driven Product Design/Manufacturing, Engineering Education



Mechanical Engineering

AskariOmid Askari
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2016.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2007.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Karaj, 2005.

Research interests: Combustion, Auto-Ignition and Kinetic Analysis, High-pressure Spray and Combustion Characteristics at Engine-Relevant Conditions, Alternative and Low Greenhouse Gas Fuels, Flame Speed, Flame Structure and Flame Instability Studies, Spark Ignition, Flame Kernel and Plasma Formation, Laser Diagnostics and Optical Imaging Techniques, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Renewable Energies and Advanced Technology Engines

CherkaouiMohammed Cherkaoui
Professor and CAVS Endowed Chair in Micromechanics and Material by Design

Ph.D., Material Science, University of Metz, France
M.S., Material Science, University of Metz, France
B.S. University Mohammed V, Morocco

Research interests: Micromechanics of Materials, Computational Mechanics, Nanostructured Materials, Nanofilled Composites

PriddyMatthew W. Priddy
Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016.
M.S., Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2010.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2008.

Research interests: Computational Solid Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Microstructure-Sensitive Modeling, Fatigue & Fracture, Inductive Design, High-Throughput Experimentation, Data Analytics, Engineering Education

SpaydeEmily Spayde

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis

Research interests: Power Generation, Alternative Energy, Solar Energy, Organic Rankine Cycles