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Nine College of Engineering Faculty Members Named Full Professors

Top row, l-r: Joseph Bardin, Song Gao, Carlton Ho; Middle row, l-r: Matthew Lackner, Jenna Marquard, Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi; bottom row, l-r: Hossein Pishro-Nik, Ashwin Ramasubramaniam, Michael Zink

College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman has announced that faculty members Joseph Bardin, Song Gao, Carlton L. Ho, P.E., Matthew A. Lackner, Jenna Marquard, Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi, Hossein Pishro-Nik, Ashwin Ramasubramaniam, and Michael Zink have all been promoted to Full Professor. As Dean Raman said in his email announcement, “Congratulations on your promotions to Full Professor! We are very proud of you and look forward to your continued contributions and leadership in your departments, the college, the university, and your technical communities.”

Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department heads the UMass Quantum RF group, which performs basic research on CMOS and BiCMOS integrated electronics to control and measure quantum devices such as qubits, single photon detectors, and THz mixers. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, UCLA, and the California Institute of Technology. Since the fall of 2017, he has also been with the Google Quantum AI Group. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award, and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award, among many other achievements. 

Gao of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department studies transportation system optimization and econometric models of traveler behavior, with applications in smart and shared mobility, transportation planning, and sustainable transportation systems. She has earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S. from Tsinghua University in China. Among her many honors, she was a member of the winning team in the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition and she received an honorable mention (second place) in the Dissertation Prize Competition of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. She is an associate editor of Transportation Science and editorial board editor of Transportation Research Part B.

Ho of the CEE department studies railroad geotechnics, behavior of large grain size materials (ballast, aggregate, gravel), soil dynamics, in situ testing, and hazard analysis. He earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees from Stanford University. In addition to his experience at UMass, Ho has served on the visiting faculty for the Center for Education and Research in Soil Mechanics of the National Institute for Highways and Bridges of France, as a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, as a visiting professor at Tongji University, as an associate professor at Washington State University, and as an assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.

As a faculty member in the UMass Wind Energy Center in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, Lackner researches offshore deep water wind energy, wind turbine aerodynamics, and offshore wind turbine load mitigation and structural control. He received his B.S.E. from Princeton University, his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst. Among other honors, Lackner had the Best New Technology Poster at the American Wind Energy Association Offshore Windpower Conference, he won the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher award in 2018, and he was chosen for the Best Wind Energy Paper by the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering in 2009.

Marquard of the MIE department is the head of the Health Information Visualization and Exploration Lab, which uses eye-tracking approaches to analyze how physicians and nurses interact with health information technology and guide the redesign of electronic health record systems and related technologies. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.S. at the University of Iowa. Among many other achievements, Marquard has accumulated an NSF CAREER Award, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Early Career Award, and many awards at UMass Amherst, including a Lilly Teaching Fellowship and the College of Engineering Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

The MIE department’s Modarres-Sadeghi studies fluid-structure interactions (FSI), based on a combination of theoretical methods and experimental techniques, with active research on offshore wind energy systems, biomimetics of ocean animals, biomedical applications, viscoelastic FSI, and fundamental problems. In so doing, he heads the Fluid-Structure Interactions Lab, with seven high-quality and motivated Ph.D. students. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures and the graduate program director of the MIE department. He earned his B.S. and M.S. at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and his Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal.

Like Modarres-Sadeghi, Pishro-Nik of the ECE department also earned his B.S. at the Sharif University in Iran. Then he received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the mathematical analysis of communication systems and, in particular, error control coding, wireless networks, and vehicular ad hoc networks. In the process, he studies information theoretic privacy and security, intelligent transportation systems, statistical learning, and other issues. He received an NSF CAREER Award, an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from UMass, and an Outstanding Graduate Research Award from Georgia Tech.

Ramasubramaniam of the MIE department runs the Computational Nanomaterials Laboratory, which uses computational methods to probe materials at length scales ranging from the nano- to macro-scale. His primary tools are density functional theory, molecular dynamics/statics, and continuum mechanics models. Among his many achievements is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Award, the Young Leader Professional Development Award from the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, and a Visiting Faculty Fellowship from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He earned his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University. 

Zink of the ECE department received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany. He works in the areas of multimedia distribution systems, future Internet architectures, cloud computing, and sensor networks. Zink is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has served on the technical program committees of several professional conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, ACM Multimedia, and ACM Multimedia Systems. He received an NSF CAREER Award and co-directs the graduated NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. (August 2020)