Welcome New Faculty: 2019-2020

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of health

PC Rossin College of Engineering and ApplieD Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Angela Brown

 

Filippo Gabrio Edoardo Casati
Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Filippo Gabrio Edoardo Casati earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, a master’s in pure mathematics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a master’s in mathematics at the University of Warwick, and a master’s and bachelor’s in philosophy at Universitá Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Casati held a JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Kyoto University in Japan.  His research interests include continental and analytical metaphysics, formal logic and Asian philosophy.  Casati has presented his work widely and published in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, International Journal of Philosophical Studies and IfCoLoG Journal of Logics and their Applications. 

Angela Brown

 

Megan Cream
Professor of Practice, Mathematics

Megan Cream earned a doctorate in mathematics at Emory University and bachelor’s in mathematics at Wake Forest University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Cream worked as a visiting assistant professor at Cedar Crest College and as an assistant professor at Spelman College.  She has presented her work nationally and published in Graphs and Combinatorics, Discrete Mathematics, and the New York Journal of Mathematics.

Spencer Quiel

 

Chinedu Ekuma
Assistant Professor, Physics

Chinedu Ekuma earned a Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 2015. Before becoming a part of Lehigh’s faculty, Ekuma was the George F. Adams Distinguished Research Fellow at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD from 2017-2018 and a National Reseach Council Fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC from 2015 to 2017. His main research area is theory and computation of condensed matter physics in real materials. His research focuses on using density functional theory with various many-body approaches to design and study materials with the goal (1) to discover new materials with significantly useful technological applications; (2) to understand and control the interplay between the coexisting emerging functionalities; and (3) to explore how defects affect these emerging properties. Of particular interest are materials for spintronic, energy-efficient, energy-conversion (photovoltaic, thermoelectric), and energy-storage applications. His work has been published in high-profile journals like Physical Review Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Advanced Theory and Simulations, and ACS journals.

Serge Da Motta Veiga

 

Oriana Fisher
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Oriana Fisher earned a doctorate in pharmacology at Yale University and bachelor’s/master’s in biochemistry at Brandeis University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Fisher was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.  Her research uses X-ray crystallographic, biochemical and biophysical approaches to study copper-binding proteins from bacteria.  Fisher has published her work in Nature Communications, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. 

Boris Defourny

 

Zhaoxing Gao
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Zhaoxing Gao  earned a doctorate in Mathematics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and earned a bachelor’s in mathematics at Sichuan University.  Gao served as a post-doc research officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a post-doc research professional at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  His scholarship interests include streaming data analysis, high/multi-dimensional statistics and statistical optimization and learning. He has published his work in the Journal of Econometrics, Statistica Sinica and the Journal of Time Series Analysis. 

Bridget Dever

 

Eugene Han
Assistant Professor, Art, Architecture and Design

Eugene Han earned a doctorate at Yale University School of Architecture, a master’s at the Architectural Association and a bachelor’s at Art Center College of Design.  Prior to earning his doctorate, Han held various senior teaching and administrative roles at the Architectural Association in London.  His present scholarship focuses on finding interdisciplinary possibilities through new forms of collective knowledge, integrating common problems between aesthetics, computation, and the psychology of perception. His research is conducted alongside his architecture and design studio. He has served as critic and lectured at a variety of institutions across the US, London, Madrid, Moscow, Vienna, and Seoul.

Panos Diplas

 

Lilia Adriana Pérez Limón
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Lilia Adriana Pérez Limón earned a doctorate in Latin American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s and bachelor’s in Spanish at California State University, Northridge.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Pérez Limón was a lecturer of modern languages, literatures and linguistics at the University of Oklahoma-Norman. Her research focuses on two theoretical fields of Mexican Studies: documentary cinema and disability studies. She has a book in progress tentatively titled  Defying National Stability: Screening Mexican Disability and its Discontents, and has published in Mexican Literature in Theory, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture and Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidad (Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies).

Angela Brown

 

Emily Pope-Obeda
Assistant Professor, History

Emily Pope-Obeda earned a doctorate in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s in history and American Studies at Brandeis University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Pope-Obeda was a lecturer in the History & Literature program at Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University.  Her scholarship interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. history, migration history, race and ethnicity, wand labor.  She has published her work in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies and Deportation in the Americas: Histories of Exclusion.  

Angela Brown

 

Bitan Roy
Assistant Professor, Physics

Bitan Roy received a doctorate and a master’s degree at Simon Fraser University (Canada), a master’s at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and bachelor’s in physics (hons.) at University of Calcutta. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Roy was a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex System, Dresden, Germany. Roy’s research interests include topological materials, quantum and classical phase transitions, transport in interacting and disordered systems. He has presented his work widely in national and international forums. 

Taewan Kim

 

John Vilanova
Professor of Practice, Journalism & Communication, Africana Studies

John Vilanova earned a doctorate and master's in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in American Studies at the University of Kansas, and a bachelor's in English at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on critical structural and institutional analyses of the culture industries and the popular music industry. He is also an accomplished writer and critic with bylines in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone and has recently published scholarly work in the International Journal of Communication and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Angela Brown

 

Timm Wrase
Assistant Professor, Physics

Timm Wrase earned a habilitation degree in theoretical physics at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), a doctorate and master’s in physics at the University of Texas at Austin and a diploma in physics at Leibniz University (Germany).  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he was a university assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at TU Wein, Austria.  His research interests include string cosmology, moonshine phenomena and the dualities between gauge theories.  Wrase has published his work in Physical Review D, the Journal of High Energy Physics and the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.  Sent 8/21/19

Justin Jaworski

 

Yang Yang
Professor of Practice, Chemistry

Yang Yang earned a doctorate in theoretical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s in physical chemistry at The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s in chemistry at Nankai University, China.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Yang served as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Rowan University.  His research interests focus on computational and theoretical chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and materials science, including quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical calculations in condensed phase.  He has published his work in Biomaterials, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, Journal of Molecular Biology and Langmuir.

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College of Business

Justin Jaworski

 

Troy Adair
Professor of Practice, Decision and Technology Analytics

Troy Adair earned his doctorate in finance at Indiana University, his MBA at the University of North Dakota and his bachelor’s in computer science at the University of Alabama.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Adair was a visiting professor at Lehigh and the senior director of research computing services at Harvard Business School.  His teaching interests include accounting, business analytics, corporate strategy and finance.  He has authored several textbooks.

Angela Brown

 

Donald Bowen III
Assistant Professor, Perella Department of Finance

Donald Bowen III earned a doctorate in finance at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s in finance and economics at Arizona State University.  He previously served as a visiting professor of finance at Virginia Tech.  Bowen’s research examines textual datasets using NLP to answer open questions in empirical corporate finance, specifically in the areas of investment, innovation, and venture capital. He has published in Management Science and his papers have been presented widely, including to the Western Finance Association, NBER, and Finance Research Association. 

Angela Brown

 

Yuval Erez
Professor of Practice, Economics

Yuval Erez earned a doctorate and a master’s in economics at Cornell University, a master’s in economics and a bachelor’s in management and economics at Tel-Aviv University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Erez was a graduate researcher at Cornell University.  Erez’s research interests include behavioral economics, judgment and decision making and decision theory.  He has published his work in the Cambridge Handbook of the intellectual history of psychology:  How psychological ideas have evolved from past to present.

Angela Brown

 

Matthew Gilchrist
Director, Rauch Center for Business Communications and Lecturer

Matthew Gilchrist earned a doctorate in language, literacy, and culture and an MFA in creative writing, fiction at the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s in English at the University of Tennessee. Before coming to Lehigh, Gilchrist directed Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning and served as an Associate Professor of Instruction in the University of Iowa. His areas of research interest include composition/rhetoric, literacy studies, and multimodal composition. He has published his work in Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing and the Journal of Cultural Studies. 

Justin Jaworski

 

Jing Gong
Professor of Practice, Decision and Technology Analytics

Jing Gong earned a doctorate in information systems and management at Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s in management in information management and information systems at Tsinghua University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Gong was a member of the Department of Management Information Systems at Temple University.  Her research interests include economics of information systems, e-commerce, and business analytics.  She has presented her work widely and published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, and Journal of Retailing.

Jayeon Lee

 

Kenneth Mawritz
Professor of Practice, Economics

Kenneth Mawritz earned a doctorate in business administration at Temple University, a master’s of business administration at Drexel University, and a bachelor’s in sports administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Before coming to Lehigh, Mawritz served as an adjunct professor at several local universities. His research interests revolve around examining the competitive relationships in the workplace that lead to the development of personal rivalries. 

Angela Brown

 

Saif Mir
Assistant Professor, Decision and Technology Analytics

Saif Mir earned a doctorate in supply chain and an MBA at the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s in nautical science at the University of Mumbai.  Before coming to Lehigh, Mir was an assistant professor in the department of supply chain and information management at the College of Charleston.  Mir’s research focuses on supply chain sustainability and buyer-supplier relationships. Mir was awarded the 2017 Harold E. Fearon Best Paper Award in the Journal of Supply Chain Management and has published in Industrial Marketing Management, International Journal of Logistics Management and Journal of Supply Chain Management.

Angela Brown

 

Xuemin Yan
Professor, Perella Department of Finance, Joseph R. Perella and Amy M. Perella Chair

Xuemin Yan  earned a doctorate in finance at the University of Iowa, and a bachelor’s in finance at Renmin University of China.  Before his appointment in the Perella Department of Finance and as the Joseph R. Perella and Amy M. Perella Chair, Yan was the Richard G. Miller Professor of Finance at the University of Missouri.  His research focuses on asset pricing and institutional investors. He has presented his work nationally and internationally and published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, and Journal of Accounting Research

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College of Education

Angela Brown

 

Kaitlin Anderson
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Kaitlin Anderson earned a doctorate in education policy at the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s in commerce and economics at the University of Virginia.  Prior to graduate school, she taught high school mathematics in Arkansas, and before joining Lehigh, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative at Michigan State University.  Her research interests include student discipline policy, teacher quality, and school choice.  Her work has been published in journals such as Educational ResearcherEducational Administration QuarterlyEducational Policy, and Peabody Journal of Education.

Angela Brown

 

Ana Dueñas
Assistant Professor, Special Education

Ana Dueñas is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) earning a doctorate in special education from Michigan State University and a master’s in autism and transition to adulthood and a bachelor’s in psychology and religious studies from San Diego State University.  Her research focuses on autism spectrum disorder, applied behavioral analysis, peer-mediated intervention, early intervention and inclusive education.   Dr. Dueñas has published her work in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Special Education Technology, Education and Treatment of Children and Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals.

Keith Moored III

 

Kristi Morin
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Clinical Director for Lehigh University Autism Services

Kristi Morin earned her doctorate in special education at Texas A&M University, a master’s in special education at Northwestern State University and a bachelor’s in elementary education at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Morin was an IES Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on developing teachers’ capacity to implement evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder. She has published her work in the Journal of Special Education, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavior Modification, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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college of health

Keith Moored III

 

Halcyon Skinner
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Hal Skinner earned a doctorate in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a master's in public health from the University of Miami and a bachelor's at Wesleyan University. Previously Skinner held positions at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Northwestern University Medical School as well as Truven Health Analytics and IBM Watson Health. His research is centered on the determinants of health and value-based payment. Skinner also serves as the associate dean for research in Lehigh's College of Health. 

Keith Moored III

 

Whitney P. Witt
Professor and Inaugural Dean

Whitney P. Witt earned a doctorate and master’s degree of public health from John’s Hopkins and a bachelor’s in women’s studies and law from Hampshire College.  Witt also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University School of Medicine.  Before coming to Lehigh, Witt served as the director for the Center for Maternal and Child Health Research at IBM Watson Health in North Carolina.  The group’s recent initiatives include work focused on value-based payment reform, improving the quality of care, and promoting health equity. She has for the past four years also held an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  Her work has been published in numerous journals including The American Journal of Public Health, Pediatric Emergency Care, and Academic Pediatrics.  

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PC Rossin  College of Engineering and Applied Science

Spencer Quiel

 

Dominic DiFranzo
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Dominic DiFranzo earned a doctorate and bachelor’s in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Before coming to Lehigh, he served as a postdoctoral associate in the department of communication at Cornell University.  His research interests include designing practical design interventions for prosocial behavior on social media and developing new experimental tools and methods that create ecologically valid social media simulations. DiFranzo’s work has been published in the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing and the International World Wide Web Conference. 

Charles Stevens

 

Lifang He
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Lifang He earned a doctorate in computer science at the South China University of Technology. Dr. He also received a bachelor’s in mathematics at Northwest Normal University, China.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics. Her research interests include machine learning, data mining and biomedical informatics, and big data analytics. She has published more than 60 papers in refereed conferences and journals, including NIPS, ICML, CVPR, KDD, WWW, AAAI, AMIA, TIP, and others.

Kelly Schultz

 

Houria Oudghiri
Professor of Practice, Computer Science and Engineering

Houria Oudghiri earned a doctorate in computer engineering at McGill University, a master’s in computer science at INI-Ecole Polytechnqiue of Montreal, Algeria-Canada and a bachelor’s in computer science at INI, Algeria.  Most recently, she has served as a visiting assistant professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in three continents (US-Canada, Algeria, Saudi Arabia). Her research interests include software engineering, computer architecture and programming.   She has published her work in National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and at the Conference on Custom Integrated Circuits, the European Design Automation Conference and the International Conference on Microelectronics.

Angela Brown

 

William Phillips
Professor of Practice, Computer Science and Engineering

William Phillips earned a doctorate in computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a master’s in telecommunications at Southern Methodist University, a master’s in software engineering at Seattle University and a bachelor’s in mathematics at the University of Washington.  Before coming to Lehigh, Phillips was a lecturer in the department of computer science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  His research interests include developing real-world software in the academic environment, analysis and applications of algorithms and software engineering frameworks, processes and methodologies. He has several conference publications and has also published in the Journal of Global Optimization.

Kelly Schultz

 

Daniel Robinson
Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Daniel Robinson earned a doctorate and master’s in mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, and bachelor’s in mathematics and statistics at James Madison University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Robinson served as a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University and Northwestern University, and then as an assistant professor at The Johns Hopkins University.  His research is at the intersection of mathematical optimization and data science.  His work has been published in SIAM Journal on OptimizationMathematical ProgrammingIMA Journal on Numerical Analysis, and International Conference on Machine Learning

Angela Brown

 

David Saldana
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

David Saldana earned a doctorate in computer science – artificial intelligence and robotics –  at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a master’s and a bachelor’s in systems engineering at the National University of Colombia.  Before coming to Lehigh, Saldana was a post-doctoral researcher in robotics at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of research include multi-robot systems, resilient robot swarms, and aerial modular robotics. Saldana has mainly published his researchin the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 

Tara Troy

 

Jeff Trinkle
Department Chair and Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Jeff Trinkle earned a doctorate in systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s in engineering science and mechanics at Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s in physics at Ursinus College. Before being named chair of the Computer Science and Engineering department, Trinkle was a full professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on robotics, primarily aimed at tasks involving contact, such as grasping and dexterous manipulation. For his research contributions, he received the Homboldt Research Prize in 2009 and became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2010. He also helped develop the National Robotics Initiative (announced by President Obama in 2011) and then served as its director at the National Science Foundation from 2014 to 2016.

Tara Troy

 

Cristian-Ioan Vasile
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Cristian-Ioan Vasile earned a doctorate in systems engineering at Boston University, a second doctorate in control engineering, a master’s in intelligent control systems, and a bachelor’s in computer science at Politehnica University of Bucharest.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Vasile was a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research interests include automated synthesis and decision making under uncertainty, planning with rich temporal logic specifications, planning for large fleets of robots, robust and relaxed satisfaction, composition and contract-based methods, correct and safe reinforcement learning, and temporal logic inference from data.   Vasile has published his work in the International Journal of Robotics Research, Autonomous Robots, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, and Theoretical Computer Science.

Tara Troy

 

Wujie Wen
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wujie Wen earned a doctorate in computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s in electronic engineering at Tsinghua University (China), and a bachelor’s in electronic engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University (China).  Before coming to Lehigh, Wen served as an assistant professor at Florida International University (Miami). His research interests include deep learning hardware acceleration/neuromorphic computing, VLSI design/architecture of emerging memory and storage systems, and artificial intelligence (AI) security. His research has been funded by NSF, ARFL, and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. Wen has published more than 60 papers in top IEEE/ACM conferences and journals across electronic design automation (EDA), computer architecture, and machine learning. He serves or served as the general chair, technical program chair and program committee for many international conferences.

Tara Troy

 

Xiu Yang
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Xiu Yang (Industrial and Systems Engineering) earned a doctorate in applied mathematics at Brown University, a master’s and a bachelor’s in computational mathematics at Peking University (China).  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Yang was a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  Yang’s research interests include uncertainty quantifications and stochastic simulation; physics-informed machine learning and data-driven scientific discovery; multi-scale modeling and scientific and computing. He has served on the DOE applied mathematics visioning committee. He received the Outstanding Performance Award from PNNL in 2015 and 2016.  He has published his work in SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, and the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

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