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The College of Engineering Welcomes 10 Talented and Accomplished New Faculty Members

Tammy Haut Donahue

Tammy Haut Donahue

Tammy Haut Donahue, Professor/Department Head, Biomedical Engineering (Begins 6/1/18)

Tammy Haut Donahue joined the faculty at Colorado State University in December of 2011. She came to CSU after spending 11 years in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, where she received the Allen Marr Distinguished Dissertation Award in Biomedical Engineering in 2002. Dr. Haut Donahue was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Orthopaedics at Pennsylvania State University before joining the faculty at Michigan Tech. Her research includes analytical and experimental biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system with ongoing research in orthopedic biomechanics and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. An emphasis is put on prevention, treatment, and repair of injuries to the soft tissue structures of the knee, focusing primarily on the meniscus. With funding from the Whitaker Foundation, NIH, NSF, and industrial sponsorship, her research program has had 15 Ph.D. students, 20 M.S. students, and more than 40 undergraduates while producing three book chapters and more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Haut Donahue was awarded the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnson Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award in 2006. Presented by the American Society of Engineering Education, this award recognizes exceptional contributions to mechanics education.

​Konstantinos Andreadis, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Begins 9/1/18)

Since 2011, Konstantinos Andreadis has been a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he has primarily been working on developing the discharge algorithm for the upcoming SWOT satellite mission science team. As he says, “My research has primarily been concerned with the intersection between applied hydrologic modeling and remote sensing (visible and microwave), data assimilation, as well as the study of large-scale hydrology as it relates to climate change and environmental monitoring.” More broadly, he has been working on data assimilation of remotely sensed river measurements over the continental U.S, the impact of deforestation on drought characteristics, and the development of a seasonal drought-forecasting system for which he received the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal. Previously he had worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The Ohio State University and a research assistant at the University of Washington. He earned his M.S.E in Civil and Environmental Engineering and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Hydrology from the University of Washington.

Seth Donahue, Professor, Biomedical Engineering (Begins 9/1/18)

Dr. Seth Donahue received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, followed by post-doctoral fellowship in bone cell biology at the Penn State Medical Center. He studies the comparative biomechanics and physiology of bone in species ranging in size from Trinidadian guppies to Alaskan dinosaurs (Edmontosaurus), with particular focus on hibernating mammals (that is, pocket mice, arctic ground squirrels, marmots, black bears, and grizzly bears), frequently invoking Krogh’s principle to understand the evolutionary and translational physiology of bone. Other research areas include modeling and mimicking the biological materials involved in absorbing impacts during bighorn sheep ramming. He also studies translational bone regeneration therapies for clinical applications such as osteoporosis, osteosarcoma, and the repair of large bone defects. He earned his B.S. in 1992 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering.

Govind Srimathveeravalli, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Begins 1/20/19)

Dr. Srimathveeravalli joins UMass after serving on the faculty in the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for six years. His lab develops medical devices and technology to advance minimally invasive, image-guided therapy of cancer and non-malignant diseases. His lab studies the interaction between non-ionizing energy and tissue biology, with emphasis on the differential response of various components of the tumor microenvironment to energy delivery. He uses computer-based simulation models and mathematical models to optimize energy parameters and to guide applicator design for energy delivery in vitro and in vivo. His lab also seeks to identify and understand signaling pathways evoked due to energy delivery and tests adjuvants to improve treatment outcomes. Findings from his lab have applications in tumor ablation, cancer immunotherapy, drug delivery, and tissue engineering, with near-term translational potential. Dr. Srimathveeravalli got his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buffalo and received postdoctoral training on cancer research and image-guided therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His lab is supported by grants from the NIH, the Society of Interventional Radiology, Department of Defense, industrial contracts, and various philanthropic foundations.

Omar Abdelrahman, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering (Begins 9/1/18)

Omar Abdelrahman comes to UMass Amherst from the University of Minnesota, where he was a postdoctoral researcher. As he describes his lab, “Research in our group focuses on developing fundamental understandings relevant to catalytic surfaces and its application to sustainable technologies, facilitating the utilization of existing and non-conventional carbon resources. Interests in the group branch into three main focuses on catalyst discovery, characterization, and kinetic modelling. Our catalyst discovery efforts are currently focused on the design of active and stable solid base catalysts, as well as coupling them with other catalytic functionalities (metal, acid) to create new and exciting bifunctional materials.” Dr. Abdelrahman has won the Kokes Award from the North American Catalysis Society in 2015, as well as the Best Paper in Session in the AICHE Annual Fall Meeting in 2017 and the AICHE Annual Fall Meeting in 2016. He received his B.Sc. at American University of Sharjah in Chemical Engineering and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Chemical Engineering. 

Yanfei Xu, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Begins 1/20/19)

Dr. Yanfei Xu comes to UMass Amherst after serving as a postdoctoral associate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interest is centered at the intersection of molecular engineering, material property (e.g., thermal, electrical, and optical properties of polymers and carbon-based nanomaterials), advanced manufacturing, and integrated device (e.g., printed electronics). Her research efforts focus on tackling science questions and addressing engineering challenges. The goal is to provide innovative solutions to society’s most pressing needs in energy, healthcare, and the environment. Dr. Xu has previously worked on the European GENIUS project. She has secured Marie-Curie fellowships with major European institutions and companies, including the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Humboldt University, University of Cambridge, Italian National Research Council, Université de Strasbourg, and the headquarters of BASF SE. She has 26 peer-reviewed publications, one book chapter, and 10 patents (grant and application) with a total citation count over 2970. She has been awarded “Featured Speaker on Accelerating the Commercialization of Global Innovation, Techconnect World Innovation 2015” and “Top 10 Reviewers for The Royal Society of Chemistry, JMCC 2016.”

Peng Bai, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering (Begins 9/1/18)

Peng Bai has already accumulated more than 56 publications in refereed scientific journals. His research deals with molecular modeling, computational catalysis, adsorption, diffusion and separations, machine learning and high-throughput computation, and nanostructured materials and liquids. Among his awards, Bai has received the ACS Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award in 2014, a 2013 AIChE CoMSEF Graduate Student Award, the 2013 Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, a 2012-13 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, and a 2009-12 Graduate School Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. In 2010 Bai was the runner-up at the sixth Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge, and in 2012 he was the champion at the seventh Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge. Bai earned his B.Sc. from Tsinghua University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a postdoc at the University of Minnesota.

Anuj Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Begins 1/20/19)

Anuj K. Pradhan comes to UMass Amherst from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) where he was an assistant research scientist in the Human Factors group. He joined UMTRI in 2013 after a postdoctoral fellowship as a visiting fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Human Factors) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research covers driver behavior and traffic safety with a focus on: the human factors of advanced vehicle technologies and automation; young and novice drivers; and training and intervention. As he says, “I am interested in the etiology of injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes from a human factors and behavioral standpoint. My research goal is to uncover and disseminate evidence that can contribute to the safe mobility of road users, that can inform policy, and that can lead to technological and educational innovations for improving the road safety record." He has worked on a number of research projects in these areas using experimental and observational approaches using driving simulation, test tracks, and naturalistic methods. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and book chapters, and over 25 conference papers in his field. He serves on various scientific committees such as  the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Technical Activities Standing Committee for Simulation and Vehicle and Operator Performance Measurement, the Subcommittee on Young Drivers, and the Joint Subcommittee on Human Factors in Road Vehicle Automation, and previously served on the TRB Committee for Operator Education and Regulation. He also served as chair of the Surface Transportation Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Jinglei Ping, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Begins 9/1/18)

As Jinglei Ping says, “My research combines nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing to create miniaturized biosensing devices and systems. This work involves an interdisciplinary approach to address high impact challenges in diagnosis, healthcare, drug development, and environmental monitoring. For example, in an international collaboration we have just developed a smart-phone-based device using graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon atoms, to detect single point mutations in DNA with 1000 fold more sensitivity than currently available technology, which can have a profound impact on genetic disease diagnosis and enable more targeted drug prescription.” Before coming to UMass Amherst, Ping was a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania. Ping received his B.S. from Sun Yat-sen University and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland–College Park. He was an occupational trainee in Monash University in 2013, followed by a postdoctoral stint at the University of Pennsylvania until 2015. Ping has authored over 20 scientific articles in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Some of his work has been highlighted and reported in journals and news media.

Wen Chen, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Begins 9/1/18)

Wen Chen comes to UMass Amherst after running the Multi-scale Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. “Our main research thrust revolves around the interface of materials science and advanced manufacturing,” as Dr. Chen explains. “We are particularly interested in understanding the fundamental microstructure-property-processing relationships in advanced materials and integrating control over materials on different length scales (atomic structure, microstructure, architecture) through materials processing and additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) to eventually arrive at optimized, multi-functional engineering components.” Dr. Chen is an associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and an editorial consultant for the Journal of Biomechanics. He is active in the Bioengineering Division of ASME, serving on the Executive Board as a member-at-large. He was also the program chair for the Summer Bioengineering Conference in 2016. He earned his B.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology; his M.Phil. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science from Yale University.