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Search Committee

Dr. Anupam Joshi
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (Committee Chair)
Anupam Joshi is the Oros Family Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the broad area of networked computing and intelligent systems. Joshi’s primary research focus has been on data management and security/privacy in mobile/pervasive computing environments. He is also interested in Semantic Web and Text and Graph Analytics, especially as applied to Social Media, and Healthcare IT. Joshi is the director of the new cybersecurity center at UMBC. He received a B.Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1989, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1991 and 1993 respectively.

Dr. Tülay Adali
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Tülay Adali is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She has actively assisted the IEEE in organizing numerous international conferences and workshops, chaired and served on various technical committees and editorial boards including the Proceedings of the IEEE. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AIMBE, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, and 2013 University System of Maryland Regents’ Award for Research. Her research interests include statistical signal processing, machine learning for signal processing, and medical data analysis.

Dr. Gary Carter
Professor and Chair
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Gary Carter is Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His current research interests are in optical communications and nonlinear optics. He has B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Zhiyuan Chen
Associate Professor
Information Systems
Zhiyuan Chen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems, UMBC. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University. His research interests include privacy preserving data mining, data navigation and visualization, XML, automatic database tuning, and database compression. His research has been supported by NSF. He also serves as director for on-campus IS graduate programs.

Dr. Charles Dionisio Eggleton
Professor and Chair
Mechanical Engineering
Charles Dionisio Eggleton is a Professor and the Chair of the department of Mechanical Engineering. His current research interests are in the area of cell mechanics. His research involves simulating the mechanical response of deformable cells suspended in microfluidic devices under the influences of imposed external forces due to intramolecular bonds or optical forces. He is interested in increasing the accessibility of higher education and assessing the effectiveness of current and proposed pedagogical methods and has been involved in projects that put UMBC graduate students in local middle schools and funded scholarships for UMBC undergraduates. His research has been supported by grants from agencies such as NSF, NIH, and ARO. He received a B.S. Degree in Naval Architecture from University of California in 1986, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford in 1989 and 1994, respectively.

Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay
Professor and Chair
Information Systems
Aryya Gangopadhyay is a Professor and the Chair of the department of Information Systems. His current research interest is in the area of data mining, particularly in finding solutions for problems related to health informatics and privacy preserving data mining. Gangopadhyay has edited/co-authored five books and over ninety peer-reviewed articles. His research has been supported by grants from agencies such as NSF, NIST, Department of Education, and Maryland Department of Transportation. Gangopadhyay has been the Editor and Chief of the International Journal of Computational Models and Algorithms in Medicine since 2009.

Dr. Jennie Leach
Associate Professor
Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering
Jennie Leach joined UMBC in 2005 as a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor after completing her doctoral work in The University of Texas at Austin Department of Chemical Engineering and her postdoctoral studies in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University. Leach’s research focuses on designing biomaterials and sensors for tissue engineering applications. To this end, her laboratory designs, synthesizes and characterizes biomaterials created from naturally derived and synthetic biopolymers. Current work focuses on 1) scaffolds to support neural regeneration and transplant of neural stem cells, 2) in vitro models of neurophysiology and development, and 3) novel sensor platforms for mapping hypoxia in areas of high metabolic activity, such as tissues undergoing regeneration or tumor morphogenesis. This work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund and UMBC.

Dr. Wayne Lutters
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director (HCC)
Information Systems
Wayne Lutters is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has recently served as a Program Director for Human-Centered Computing at the National Science Foundation. Lutters’ research interests are at the nexus of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), social computing, and knowledge management. He specializes in field studies of IT-mediated work, from a socio-technical perspective, to better inform the design and evaluation of collaborative systems. Recent projects have included cyberinfrastructure for e-Science, visualization tools for system administrators, virtualized help desk systems for small businesses, and reflective social media systems. To date he has received $4M in collaborative federal funding for his projects. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and his B.A. in both Cognitive Science and History from Connecticut College.

Dr. Mark R. Marten
Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering
Mark R. Marten is currently a Professor in the Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering Department at UMBC. His research is focused on systems biology and cellular engineering. In addition, he is developing cutting edge proteomics tools for studying gene regulatory networks. His work has been funded by NSF, NIH, the State of Maryland and a number of biotechnology companies. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals, and is currently an Associate Editor for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. In 2012 he participated in the NSF I-Corp program and started a company (MycoInnovation) to commercialize technology developed in his laboratory.

Dr. Brian E. Reed
Professor and Chair
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
Brian Reed is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research interests are in the broad area of physical-chemical processes with a primary research focus on the use of adsorption and membranes for the treatment of waters and wastewaters. He received his BS, MS, and PhD (1990) degrees in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010-11.

Dr. Penny Rheingans
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Director, Center for Women in Technology
Penny Rheingans is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Director of the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As CWIT Director, she oversees a scholars program for undergraduates committed to increasing gender diversity in the technology fields and develops programs to increase the interest and retention of women in technology majors. Her research centers on the application of perceptual and illustrative approaches to the visualization of data with elements of uncertainty, temporal change, and complex relationships. She received a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Dr. Janet C. Rutledge
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Janet Rutledge serves as the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and a faculty member in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department. Before coming to UMBC she served as the Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Northwestern University. Her primary research area is modeling and compensating for the effects of sensorineural hearing loss and other communication disorders. At UMBC she is a co-PI for the PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF AGEP) and Evaluation, Integration and Institutionalization of Initiatives to Enhance STEM Student Success (NSF iCubed) grants, and was a co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE grant. Dr. Rutledge received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Rutledge has held several committee positions in the IEEE, and serves as a member of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees.

Mr. Greg Simmons
Vice President
Institutional Advancement
Greg Simmons serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he provides leadership for UMBC’s fundraising, marketing and public relations activities, and its economic development efforts. He leads a division of 45 professional staff with a budget of more than $5 million, and has played a key leadership role in helping UMBC complete a successful $100 million Exceptional by Example Campaign. Simmons has facilitated and grown many of UMBC’s multi-level corporate and foundation relationships, including partnerships with Wyeth, Northrop Grumman, IBM, and GE. He has a master’s degree in Public Policy from UMBC and a bachelor’s degree in English/Writing from Loyola College in Maryland.

John (Jack) Suess
Vice President of Information Technology & CIO
Jack Suess serves as Vice President of Information Technology & CIO of UMBC. He is responsible for overseeing the use of information technology to advance UMBC’s teaching, reaearch, and administrative processes. In this capacity he reports to the UMBC President, Freeman A. Hrabowski, and works closely with the other vice presidents to identify strategies and opportunites for successfully deploying technology to advance the mission of UMBC. Mr. Suess joined UMBC in 1981, after graduating with a B.A. degree in Mathematics (Applied Math and Computing tracks) and has a M.S. in Operations Analysis. He was named Director of University Computing in 1997, CIO in 2000, and was Vice President in 2005. He has held numerous technical staff positions and been a national leader in higher education at developing next-generation Internet services and been at the forefront efforts in cybersecurity and identity management. He has been an instructor in Computer Science and is a frequent guest lecturer at UMBC. Suess was Principal Investigator for UMBC’s next-generation Internet grant in 1997 and has been co-PI on a number of other grants related to scientific computing and advanced networking.

Dr. Karl V. Steiner
Vice President for Research
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Karl Steiner serves as the Vice President for Research and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UMBC. He joined UMBC in September 2013, after spending his prior career at the University of Delaware, where he was instrumental in securing and leading close to $150 Million in externally funded research programs. In his current position he is responsible for developing and implementing UMBC’s research mission and serves as a catalyst for research innovation and for the integration of research and education across the institution. He received his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany and his Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Delaware after completing his Engineering Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies in Germany.

Dr. Liang Zhu
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Liang Zhu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her research is focused on fundamental heat and mass transfer mechanisms in biological systems and temperature distribution in tissue during hypothermia or hyperthermia treatments in clinical applications. Dr. Zhu has published 120 peer reviewed journal and conference publications. Her research has been supported by NSF, FDA, AHA, the Whitaker Foundation, and the State of  Maryland. She received her B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, in 1988, and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York, New York, in 1995, all in Engineering.

Dr. Marc Zupan
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Marc Zupan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMBC and Visiting Professor at FEUP- Universidade do Porto. His research focuses on the micromechanics of materials and structures in order to develop new materials and improve existing ones. Specific interests include microscale specimen testing, micro-architecture multifunctional material topologies, cellular solids, friction stir welding, and carbon nanotube infused multi-length scale composites. As a Fulbright Scholar, hosted at FEUP, his research emphases was on identifying the skills and tools needed for and assessing global engineering competence in students. Before coming to UMBC he was a NSF International Research Fellow in the Micromechanics Centre at the University of Cambridge.