New Faculty - 2013 / 2014

Angela BrownAngela C. Brown
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Angela C. Brown earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Drexel University, and her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.  Brown’s research includes the study of pathogen-host interactions with the goal of developing alternative approaches to treating infectious disease. She has published in journals such as Langmuir and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, contributed to book chapters, and presented her work at conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Serge Da Motta VeigaSerge P. da Motta Veiga
Assistant Professor, Management
Serge P. da Motta Veiga earned his doctorate in business administration with an emphasis on organizational behavior/human resource management from the University of Missouri, and his license in economics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.  Before his doctorate, da Motta Veiga worked for six years in the banking and consulting industries in London, Paris, and Brussels.   His research interests include job search, recruitment, emotions, motivation, and humor at work.  He has published his work in Personnel Psychology and in the Oxford Handbook of Job Search and Job Loss, and has presented at national and international conferences.  He has received numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including the 2012 Dissertation Foundation Grant. 

Boris DefournyBoris Defourny
Assistant Professor, Industrial Systems Engineering
Boris Defourny earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Liege in Belgium. He also studied piano at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liege, and Japanese at the Centre d’Etudes Japonaises de l’Universite de Liege. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Defourny served as associate professional specialist with the Princeton Laboratory for Energy Analysis (PENSA) in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department at Princeton University.  His research interests include stochastic optimization, robust optimization, machine learning, modeling and approximation, energy systems analysis, electricity markets, and operations planning. He has presented and published his works at international conferences as well as in the U.S.

Bridget DeverBridget V. Dever
Assistant Professor, Education & Human Services
Bridget V. Dever earned her doctorate in education and psychology from the University of Michigan, her master’s degree in child clinical/school psychology from Marywood University, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Dever served as an assistant professor of research, measurement, and statistics in the Department of Educational Policy studies at Georgia State University. Her research interests include student behavioral and emotional risk, motivation among at-risk students, and educational measurement and assessment.  Dever is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and grants, and her work includes publications in Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Quarterly, and scholarly presentations both nationally and internationally.

Panos DiplasPanayiotis (Panos) Diplas
Full Professor & Department Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Panayiotis Diplas earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor’s degree from the National Technical University of Athens.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he taught at Virginia Tech where he founded and directed the Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory.  Diplas’ research interests include environmental, fluvial, and infrastructure hydraulics.  He has published in journals such as Science, Water Resources Research, Physics of Fluids, Geophysical Research, and Hydraulic Engineering, contributed to books, and has given invited presentations at U.S. and international conferences. A former NSF National Young Investigator Award recipient, in 2012 he received the H.A. Einstein Award from ASCE for his significant contributions in the understanding of river mechanics, erosional processes, and sediment transport. 

Craig HochbeinCraig Hochbein
Assistant Professor, Education & Human Services
Craig Hochbein earned his doctorate of philosophy from the University of Virginia, his master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame, and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Hockbein served as assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Louisville, where he was named the Faculty Favorite in 2012.  His research interests focus on the process of longitudinal school change and policies intended to improve school performance.  He is the recipient of a number of awards, has published articles in publications such as the Journal of School Leadership and Education Week, and has presented his works at numerous conferences, colleges, and universities througout the U.S. 

Heather JaegerHeather M. Jaeger
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Heather M. Jaeger earned a doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  Prior to joining Lehigh University, Jaeger performed postdoctoral research and served as a guest lecturer at the University of Rochester.  Her research interests include nonadiabatic dynamics, electronic decoherence and relaxation, intermolecular interactions, and charge-transfer mechanisms for solar energy conversion.  She has presented her work at conferences, colleges, and universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia; and her works have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Chemical Physics, and the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.

Justin JaworskiJustin W. Jaworski
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Justin W. Jaworski earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University. Before coming to Lehigh, Jaworski was an NSF international research fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he was also a college research associate and supervisor of applied mathematics for Magdalene College. His research addresses natural and aerospace phenomena involving coupled fluid-structure interactions, ranging from the performance and stability of compliant wings to the silent flight of owls. Jaworski has published in journals such as Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Fluids and Structures, and Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. Hehas presented invited lectures at universities and conferences throughout Europe, Brazil, and the U.S.

Susan KartSusan Elizabeth Kart
Assistant Professor, Art Architecture & Design and Africana Studies
Susan Elizabeth Kart earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in African art history from Columbia University.  Her bachelor’s degree in art history was awarded with high honors from Smith College.  She also studied at the Paris IV-Sorbonne in Paris, France.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Kart served as a professor of African art history at Sarah Lawrence College and as curator for the Art Gallery at Yonkers Riverfront Library, where she has curated or overseen twelve exhibitions.  She has published in journals such as Critical Interventions, African Studies Review, and African Arts, and is working on new articles and a book about her research, found object art in post-colonial Senegal and the work of Moustapha Dimé. 

Martin KavkaMartin Kavka
Associate Professor
Religion Studies and Director of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies
Martin Kavka earned his doctorate in religious studies from Rice University, his master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia, and his bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Kavka served as associate professor in the department of religion at Florida State University.  Kavka's research interests lie primarily in philosophy of religion and modern Jewish philosophy; he has received fellowships and awards for his research, and has presented it at conferences in North America, Europe, and Israel.  He is the author of Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy and the co-editor of four books, including Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology, which will appear in 2013.

Taewan KimTaewan Kim
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Taewan Kim earned his doctorate in marketing from Syracuse University, his master’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina,  his master’s degree in statistics from Stanford University, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Korea University.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, Kim served as a marketing research instructor at Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the Earl V. Snyder Innovation Management Center Research Grant for his work in studying the effects of product concept demonstrations in trade shows on firm value and risks.  His research interests include empirical models of firm strategy, innovation, new product development, and dynamic models of competitive marketing strategy.  His teaching interests are in principles of marketing, marketing research, and marketing strategy. 

Brandon KrickBrandon A. Krick
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Brandon A. Krick earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida where he served as a postdoctoral associate before joining the Lehigh faculty.  His research interests are at the intersection of mechanical engineering, materials science, and surface physics.   Krick studies the fundamental origins of friction, wear, materials deformation, and adhesion on complex surfaces ranging from cells to nanocomposites in environments ranging from space to thousands of feet under water. His research experience includes performing materials experiments on the international space station, evaluating wear of dinosaur dental fossils (published in Science magazine), developing and patenting ultra-low wear polymer nanocomposites, and collaborating internationally on soft matter. 

Tamara LambertTamara A. Lambert
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Tamara A. Lambert earned her doctorate in accounting from Drexel University, her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bloomsburg University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Lambert was an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Massachusetts.  Her research interests are judgment and decision making in auditing and accounting, audit review process, regulation, auditor-client negotiations, dysfunctional audit behaviors, financial reporting fraud, and the integrated audit.  Lambert is the recipient of a number of awards and mentions, has published in the Journal of Accounting Research, and has presented her work at colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Gregory LangGregory Ian Lang
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Gregory Lang earned his doctorate and master’s degree in molecular biology from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology with minors in physics and biochemistry from Millersville University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Lang served as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, where he studied the genomic basis of evolution.  His research is aimed at understanding the molecular basis of evolution and the general principles of evolution, such as the nature of beneficial and deleterious mutations and how parameters such as mutation rate, the distribution of mutational effects on fitness, and epistasis set the rate of adaptation.  Lang is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, his works have appeared in publications such as Genetics and Genome Biology and Evolution, and he has participated in talks at conferences in the U.S, British Columbia, and Germany. 

Jayeon LeeJayeon “Janey” Lee
Assistant Professor, Journalism & Communication
Jayeon “Janey” Lee earned her doctorate of communication at Ohio State University, her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas-Austin, and her bachelor of laws degree from Korea University.  Prior to joining Lehigh, Lee was a staff writer at The Chosun Ilbo, a national newspaper in Korea; and a guest TV and radio reporter for multiple media channels. She has published in journals such as Communication Monographs, Mass Communication and Society, and Discourse and Communication, presented at many national and international conferences, and received a number of awards including two top student-paper awards from the International Communication Association. Lee’s research and teaching interests include social media, journalism, visual communication, political communication, and persuasion.

JuYeon LeeJu-Yeon Lee
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Ju-Yeon Lee earned her doctorate in marketing and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and was the recipient of the Evert McCabe Endowed Fellowship.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and double majored in applied statistics, with a minor in economics at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.  Before coming to Lehigh, Lee was a research and teaching assistant at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.  Her research interests include the role of organizational design elements, especially organizational structure, to achieve marketing and financial outcomes.  She has published in the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Report Working Paper Series, and a managerial newsletter, Insights from MSI, and has presented her works at conferences throughout the U.S. 

Monica MillerMonica R. Miller
Assistant Professor, Religion Studies and Africana Studies
Monica R. Miller earned her Ph.D. in theology, ethics, and human science from Chicago Theological Seminary, her master’s degree in theological studies from Drew University, and her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Fordham University.  Miller joins Lehigh's faculty having served as a visiting assistant professor and Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the department of religious studies at Lewis and Clark College.  She is the author of Religion and Hip Hop, co-author of Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain (forthcoming), and has authored numerous book chapters and articles in journals and popular publications. Her research has been featured in regional and national print, radio, live video, and TV news outlets, as well as colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the U.S., Cuba, and Canada.  Miller’s research interests include religion in culture, youth cultures, and new black religious movements.

Keith Moored IIIKeith W. Moored III
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Keith W. Moored III earned his doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, and his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Virginia.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Moored served as a short-term voyage professor for Semester at Sea and as a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at Princeton University.  His research interests include fluid-structure interaction, biological flying and swimming, bio-inspired engineering, unsteady fluid mechanics, fluid instability, multiple-body fluid interactions, morphing structures, cell motility, and cellular mechanics.  His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Fluid Mechanics, International J. Solids and Structures, and Marine Technology Society and he has presented his work at national conferences. 

Irina PanovskaIrina B. Panovska
Assistant Professor, Economics
Irina B. Panovska earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and her bachelor of arts degree in economics and bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Ohio University.  She was also the recipient of the Olin Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.  Panovska’s research interests include empirical macroeconomics and time series econometrics.  Her recent research projects have focused on explaining jobless recoveries and the asymmetric effects of fiscal and monetary policy over the business cycle.  Panovska has presented at a number of conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. 

Joshua PepperJoshua Pepper
Assistant Professor, Physics
Joshua Pepper earned his doctorate and master’s degree in astronomy from Ohio State University, and his bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from Princeton University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Pepper was the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Asrophysics (VIDA) postdoctoral fellow and a research assistant professor at Vanderbilt University.  His research focuses on the search for and characterization of extrasolar planets.  He founded the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) survey, which uses small robotic telescopes to discover new extrasolar planets around bright, nearby stars.  Pepper and his collaborators recently published the first three planet discoveries from the KELT survey.  His other interests include eclipsing binary stars, stellar rotation, and astroinformatics, and recruiting underrepresented minorities into graduate study in physics.

Spencer QuielSpencer E. Quiel
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Spencer Quiel earned his doctorate in civil engineering from Princeton University, his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and studied abroad at the University of Western Australia.  While at Princeton, he was a DHS graduate research fellow and performed research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Before coming to Lehigh, Quiel worked professionally at Hinman Consulting Engineers in Washington, D.C., where he performed analysis and design of structures to resist extreme loads.  His research focuses on structural resistance to fire, blast, and progressive collapse, and his work has been published in several domestic and international journals and presented at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Kelly SchultzKelly M. Schultz
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Kelly M. Schultz earned her doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Schultz served as a postdoctoral research associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Her research has focused on the characterization of biocompatible, synthetic hydrogelators using multiple particle tracking microrheology.  Schultz has published her work in journals such as Lab on a Chip, Biomacromolecules, and Soft Matter.  She has also presented at domestic and international conferences. 

Charles StevensCharles E. Stevens
Assistant Professor, Management
Charles E. Stevens earned his doctorate degree in international business, and his bachelor’s degrees in international business and Japanese from Ohio State University.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Stevens served as assistant professor of strategy in the college of business at the University of Wyoming.  His research focus is on understanding how the political and cultural environments affect the strategy and performance of multinational enterprises.  His works have been published in journals such as Advances in International Management and Long Range Planning.  Stevens has presented his works at conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally.  He is the recipient of the 2012 Junior Faculty Teaching Award and the Going the Extra Mile Disability Support Services award at the University of Wyoming.

Tara TroyTara J. Troy
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Tara J. Troy earned her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University, and her bachelor of arts in history and bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering from Lehigh University.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Troy served as an associate research scientist at Columbia University.  She has received a number of honors, awards, and fellowships. Troy’s research focuses on understanding the relationship between climate, water resources, and agriculture and on the relationship between climate and large-scale flooding. She has presented her work at domestic and international conferences, and has published in the Journal of Hydrometeorology, the Journal of Climate, and Water Resources Research.

Natasha VermaakNatasha Vermaak
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Natasha Vermaak earned her doctorate in materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Vermaak served as a postdoctoral scholar at the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble, France. Her work has been published in journals such as Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Applied Mechanics, Propulsion and Power, and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. Her current research focuses on thermomechanical and failure analysis on microstructural and structural scales. She plans to use methods of shape optimization to pursue materials and structures for energy systems and ultra-lightweight aerospace applications.

Darius Omar WilliamsDarius Omar Williams
Assistant Professor, Theatre and Africana Studies
Darius Omar Williams earned his doctorate in theatre with a specialization in African diaspora and African American theatre from the Ohio State University, his M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, his M.A. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, and his bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic art from Jackson State University.  He is a co-editor of Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writing, and has published two poetry collections.  Williams is a playwright, director, historian and Equity actor.  He was nominated for an Independent Reviewer of New England Best Actor Award in 2002.  Williams’ research focuses on indigenous African ritual performance traditions, black southern queer culture, and the intersection of Yoruba and Mississippi Delta Blues tradition.  His original play, Chocolate Cocoa on a Winter Night, was produced as a staged reading for the 2006 Theater Offensive’s Out on the Edge Theatre Festival.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesMaria Barbara Zepeda Cortes
Assistant Professor, History
Maria Barbara Zepeda Cortes earned her doctorate and master’s degree in history from the University of California, San Diego, and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from El Colegio de Mexico. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Zepeda Cortes taught history and Spanish grammar courses at UC San Diego. Her works have appeared in Latin American and European publications; she has presented at conferences in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain; and she has received a number of research fellowships and awards. Her research and teaching interests focus primarily on politics in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the early modern Atlantic world; and particularly on political culture, corruption, state reform, political social networks, nationalism and identity formation, and U.S.-Caribbean relations.

 

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