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Illinois Institute of Technology Welcomes New Faculty

New faculty joining Illinois Tech in 2016 include researchers and scholars in the College of Architecture, Armour College of Engineering, Chicago-Kent College of Law, the Institute of Design, the School of Applied Technology, Lewis College of Human Sciences, and the College of Science.

Sumanta Acharya

Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Armour College of Engineering

Sumanta Acharya

Research Interests: Fundamental thermal and fluid sciences, energy and process applications, heat transfer, gas turbines, computational fluid dynamics
Background: Department chair and Ring Companies Endowed Chair, University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Bernhard Adams

Research Professor of Physics
College of Science

Research Interests: Ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray quantum optics
Background: Staff scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Ph.D., University of Munich (Germany)

Adarsh Arora

Industry Professor, Coleman Entrepreneur-In-Residence
School of Applied Technology

Background: Serial entrepreneur, bringing technology-based ideas to the marketplace; founder and chief executive officer, Lisle Technology Partners, Reputada, Inc.; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Jean-Luc Ayitou

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
College of Science

Research Interests: Energy transfer (excitons diffusion) in organic crystalline solids, stimuli responsive organic materials and patterning of 2-D frameworks, nanostructured biocompatible organic frameworks, organic photocatalysis and synthetic photochemistry, molecular recognition and supramolecular photochemistry
Background: University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., North Dakota State University

Abhinav Bhushan

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Armour College of Engineering

Abhinav Bhushan

Research Interests: Microfluidics, biosensors, tissue engineering, metabolic diseases, environmental sensors
Background: Postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Gregory Chasson

Associate Professor of Psychology
Lewis College of Human Sciences

Gregory Chasson

Research Interests: Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding disorder, across the lifespan; autism spectrum disorders, specifically high-functioning adult manifestations; anxiety disorders and trauma-related conditions
Background: Assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Towson University; Ph.D., University of Houston

Tao Chen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
College of Science

Tao Chen

Research Interests: Dynamic convex risk measures, dynamic quasi-concave acceptability indices, backward stochastic differential equations, derivative pricing, model risk, model uncertainty, statistical inference
Background: Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

Alexander Dill

Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation Practitioner in Residence; Director, Financial Markets Compliance Certificate Online Program; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Background: Fixed income markets and the regulatory and compliance frameworks that apply to them; global head of covenant research, Corporate Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service; J.D., Emory University

Yuhan Ding

Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
College of Science

Research Interests: Computational mathematics—function approximation, computational complexity; modeling and data analysis—statistical learning, data mining, machine learning
Background: Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

Graeme Dinwoodie

University Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Background: Professor of intellectual property and information technology law, director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, University of Oxford; J.S.D., Columbia University

Peng Du

Joint Appointment—Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Research Associate
College of Architecture

Peng Du

Research Interests: Tall building design and research; sustainability in the built environment, building energy, life cycle analysis; vertical urbanism, urban form and infrastructure
Background: Research assistant, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

Eric Ellingsen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture
College of Architecture

Eric Ellingsen

Background: Multidisciplinary art and experimental design, landscape architecture, poetry; Mitchell Visiting Professor in Interior Architecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; principal and founder, Species of Space; M.Arch./M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania

Kyle Hale

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
College of Science

Kyle Hale

Research Interests: Unconventional and experimental computer systems, especially relating to operating systems, parallel computing, high-performance computing, resource virtualization and virtual machine monitors, computer architecture, network and software security
Background: Ph.D., Northwestern University

Melina Healey

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Background: Policy and legislation, doctrinal child law, child welfare, juvenile justice, education law, anti-discrimination law; postgraduate teaching fellow, policy fellow, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; J.D., New York University

Dennis Hood


College of Science

Dennis Hood

Background: Computer science, information technology and management, software development, programming, quality assurance; graduate program coordinator, adjunct industry professor, Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology; M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology

Anthony Kreis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Background: Family law and collaborative social movements, marriage equality; J.D., Washington and Lee University, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Yuri Mansury

Associate Professor of Social Sciences
Lewis College of Human Sciences

Yuri Mansury

Research Interests: Urban and regional studies, economic development, technology and society, methods of planning analysis
Background: Visiting associate professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University

Nicholas Miller

Assistant Professor of Biology
College of Science

Nicholas Miller

Research Interests: Entomology, population genetics
Background: Assistant professor, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., University of Birmingham (England)

Benjamin Reiniger

Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
College of Science

Benjamin Reiniger

Research Interests: Combinatorial topics, especially graphs, hypergraphs, partially ordered sets; coloring, extremal and structural problems, competitive optimization on these structures
Background: Postdoctoral research fellow, Ryerson University (Canada); Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Suman Saha

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science
College of Science

Suman Saha

Research Interests: Static analysis, dynamic analysis, bugs detection, vulnerabilities detection, formal methods, compiler theory, programming language theory
Background: Postdoctoral research fellow, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Pierre and Marie Curie University (France)

Daniel Talesnik

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture
College of Architecture

Background: Architecture history and theory; Ph.D., Columbia University

Carlos Teixeira

Associate Professor of Design
Institute of Design

Research Interests: Design strategy, open innovation, sustainable solutions
Background: Associate professor in design and management, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

Yong Zheng

Senior Lecturer of Information Technology and Management
School of Applied Technology

Yong Zheng

Research Interests: Artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, information retrieval, recommender systems
Background: Ph.D., DePaul University