University of Delaware - College of Engineering


New Faculty

2008-09

David L. Burris

Assistant Professor – Mechanical Engineering

Education
  • BS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
  • MS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
  • PhD, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
Research Interests

Nanostructured materials; experimental sliding mechanics; interfacial phenomena; origins of friction; wear resistance mechanisms of nanostructured materials

Previous Experience
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida
Honors & Awards 
  • Best Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference in Tribology, 2008
  • ASME Journal of Tribology Best Paper Award, ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, 2004

Hui Fang

Assistant Professor – Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education
  • BS, Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Illiinois, Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests Information retrieval, with focus on developing effective and robust retrieval methods; networking broadly defined, bioinformatics, data mining, and database systems
Previous Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Ohio State University
Honors & Awards 
  • ACM SIGIR 2004 Best Paper Award, 2004
  • Tsinghua Scholarship, Tsinghua University, 2000
  • Motorola Scholarship, Tsinghua University, 1999
  • ESS Scholarship, Tsinghua University, 1998
  • Silver Medal, 13th National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI'96), China 1996

Joshua L. Hertz

Assistant Professor – Mechanical Engineering

Education
  • BS, Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University
  • PhD, Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests

Nanomaterials for energy applications, including fuel cells, advanced batteries, solar cells, and hydrogen generation

Previous Experience
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Honors & Awards 
  • National research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi, Keramos (ceramic engineering)
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi (interdisciplinary)
  • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership)
  • NIST Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Alfred University Presidential Scholarship
  • Eagle Scout

Tian-Jian Hsu

Assistant Professor – Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education
  • BSE, Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
  • PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Research Interests

Sediment transport; environmental fluid mechanics; coastal engineering; multi-phase and particle-laden flow

Previous Experience
  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida
  • Adjunct Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
Honors & Awards 
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2007
  • Coastal Ocean Postdoctoral Scholarship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2003
  • DeFrees Fellowship, Cornell University, 2000-2002
  • Undergraduate Research Student Paper Award, National Institute of Engineer, Taiwan, 1994

Allen A. Jayne

Assistant Professor – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Education
  • BArchE, Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
Research Interests Structural design; steel design; bridge design
Previous Experience
  • Senior Structural Engineer, Adtek Engineers, Inc.
  • Structural Department Manager, Tetra Tech, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Michael E. Mackay

Professor - Materials Science & Engineering

Education
  • BChE, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware
  • MS, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • PhD, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana
Research Interests Nanotechnology; coating and surface behavior; rheology and processing of polymer solutions and melts and suspensions; next generation data storage devices; self assembly and solar cells
Previous Experience
  • Professor, Michigan State University
  • Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Professor, University of Queensland
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Honors & Awards 
  • Society of Rheology Publication Award, 2001
  • College of Engineering First Year Teaching Award, University of Queensland, 1993
  • Degree with Distinction, University of Delaware, 1979

W. David Sincoskie

Professor – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Education
  • BEE, Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • MSEE, Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • PhD, Electrial Engineering, University of Delaware
Research Interests

Computer networking and telecommunications; R&D management; intellectual property

Previous Experience
  • Group Senior Vice President, Network Systems Research, Telcordia
  • Executive Director, Computer Networking Research, Belcore
  • District Manager, Computer Communications Research, Bellcore
  • Member of Technical Staff, Digital Systems Research, Bell Laboratories
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Honors & Awards 
  • Alumni Wall of Fame, University of Delaware, 2006
  • Fred W. Ellersick Prize for Best paper in an IEEE Communications Society Magazine, 2003
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2000
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 1994
  • Distinguished Electrical Engineering Alumnus, University of Delaware, 1994
  • Bellcore President's Award as member of the National Information Infrastructure Team, 1993
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi
  • Member, Eta Kappa Nu

Herbert G. Tanner

Assistant Professor – Mechanical Engineering

Education
  • Diploma, Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
Research Interests

Cooperative planning and control of networked mobile robots; modeling and abstraction of hybrid systems; coordination of mobile sensor and actuation netowrks; nonholonomic motion planning and control

Previous Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Honors & Awards 
  • NSF Early Faculty Career Award, 2005
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