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Faculty Researchers by College

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences

School of Business and Public Administration - Marketing

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Sabine O'Hara, Dean of College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Sabine O'Hara is the recently appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).  She is a respected author, researcher and higher education executive and is well known for her expertise in sustainable economic development, global education and executive leadership.
College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biological & Environmental Science
Dr. Mohamed A. Elhelu, Professor
Research interests are in Environmental Health and Environmental Education ranging from topics such as lead in drinking water, lead in house dust to the effect of parasitic organisms such as giardia, Trichinella, and Trypanosoma on human health.
Sekhon Harkewal
Under Stem Center research grant, I train science and non science students to conduct research.
Department of Chemistry and Physics
George Eng, Professor
Synthesis of organotin/organometallic compounds and their structural characterizations using spectroscopic techniques.
Hailemichael Seyoum, Professor
Conduct research in magnetism and magnetic materials, superconductivity, analyze and model magnetic hysteresis data, and atomic and molecular spectroscopy.
Department of Education
Rosemary Bolig, Ph.D.
My research interests and projects have encompassed a range of topics from children's responses to illnesses and hospitalization and interventions (including play), to play/temperament of nonhuman primates, to teacher beliefs and dispositions, and most recently, to increasing children's school readiness through enhancing the literacy capacity of pre-K and pre-school teachers.
Marilyn Hamilton, Instructor and Technology Coordinator
Effective practices related to training prospective teachers to use technology in the classroom, and the use of electronic portfolios in teacher preparation programs.
  1. The effect of a single course, Technology for Teachers, on teacher candidates' use of technology in the classroom during and after student teaching.
  2. What does the electronic portfolio tell us about the teacher candidate's capacity to impact student learning, and the belief that all students can learn?
Jessyna M McDonald, PhD, Executive Director, Institute of Gerontology
Research foci and interests include (1) the examination of factors influencing health disparities among diverse aging populations; (2) evidenced-based health promotion strategies for ethnic minorities with emphasis on chronic conditions.
Patricia M. Myers, Ed. D., Professor
Recruiting Effective Teachers: Identifying Qualities that Make a Difference. This research examines pre- and post-assessment data, self-identified personal attributes, and mentor assessments of participants in the District of Columbia Teacher Institute Program (DC-TIP), a Transition to Teaching grant-funded program.
Heidi Oliver-O'Gilvie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
She conducts qualitative research on the work, lives and experiences of urban learners guided by highly-effective practitioners. Some of her work is anchored in hip-hop, culturally relevant pedagogy and critical theory. In addition, she collaborates with colleagues in the field to craft manuscripts that include practical strategies for in-service practitioners.
Daniel Soodjinda, Assistant Professor
Research interests/agenda lie within the framework of educational technology and urban education. More specifically, I am interested in the effective parameters of online and hybrid courses for non-traditional students, and the most effective online course tools required to support student learning.
Shaitaisha Winston, Assistant Professor
Research interest include information about serving traditionally underserved students particularly those with disabilities.
Department of Language and Communication Disorders
Dr. Marc Christophe, Professor
I specialize in 18th Century French social philosophy of the Enlightenment and Black Francophone Literatures and Civilizations. Specifically, my research concentrates on Francophone cultures and African Diasporic cultures and interprets Africa's encounter with Europe as a socio-racial paradigm which defines and explains the newly emerging cultures of Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.
Dr. Shirley Jackson, Ph.D
20th Century Latin American Literature & Culture; African Diaspora & Hispanic Literatures & Cultures
Department of Nursing and Allied Health
Anne Marie Jean-Baptiste, RN, CCRN, MSN, Assistant Professor
Reducing high blood pressure (HPB) among inner –city black men
Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
My research focuses on documenting the history of the deaf community. I look at historical social and educational issues that have challenged and changed disability communities with a focus on deafness.
Susan M Solomon, MSN, CPNP, Assistant Professor
I am attempting to launch an Asthma Intervention at the Mazique Parent-Child Center.
Don Steinert, Associate Professor
Three general areas: Childhood and adolescent obesity, cancer biology with emphasis on tumor immunology, and exercise physiology .
Connie M. Webster, PhD, CNE/ Professor
Research interest and endeavors have focused on elimination of health disparities and access to health care in African American populations. My specific research efforts have been assessment and interventional designs aimed at impacting preventing or decreasing risk factors or potential complications: obesity, diabetes, coronary artery diseases, breast and prostate cancer.
Department of Urban Affairs, Social Sciences and Social Work
Angelyn Spaulding Flowers, J.D., PhD, Professor
My primary research interest is in the development and utilization of computer models and computer-based simulations to examine social destabilization phenomenon such as crime or terrorism within a complex systems framework.
Sylvia I. B. Hill, Professor
Current research interest focuses on the use of research and community organizing techniques to mobilize communities to work on public safety. In particular, I'm interested in developing a geo-spatial neighborhood intervention model to reduce homicide, vehicular theft, and other indices of decaying neighborhoods.
Sinclair Jeter, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Use of virtual reality as an instructional and analytical tool for law enforcement; agent-based modeling and simulation for law enforcement; urban law enforcement officer stress reduction; and, police-minority community relations model development and Community Oriented Policing (COPS).
G. Derek Musgrove, Assistant Professor
Research interests include post-1965 African American history and the conservative ascendance in modern American politics. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled "'The Harassment of Black Elected Officials': Repression, Rumors of Repression, and Racial Politics in the Post-Civil Rights United States, 1965-1995," (forthcoming from University of Georgia Press) which examines black elected officials allegations of state and news media "harassment" over the course of the post civil rights period.
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School of Business and Public Administration - Marketing
Dr. Nikolai V. Ostapenko, Associate Professor
My research interests are in cross-border business transactions, globalization of entrepreneurship, evolution of international economic integration, and in a variety of aspects of transnational management and global marketing management.
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School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
Li Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Image Processing,Object Oriented Design and Programming,Algorithm Design and Complexity
Seon Ho Kim, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor
My research focus is on georeferenced video search.
LaVonne Manning, Associate Professor
Educational research involving robotics, including the use of robotics as a way to attract and retain students in computer science and to encourage the pursuit of graduate studies
Lily R. Liang, Associate Professor
Research interests include but are not limited to: data mining, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition and digital image processing. In the past several years, she has been focusing on developing and applying algorithms in the biomedical field.
Byunggu Yu, Ph. D., Acting Chair & Associate Professor
My recent research results include novel techniques for managing and accessing continuously changing information in space-time continuum and already proven techniques for managing low- to high-dimensional data presented in many publications in leading scientific forums in Computer Science.
Xueqing Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
General Research Interests:
1. Design and synthesis of derivatives of biologically potential organic and organometallic molecules aimed at enhancing their bioavailability and target selectivity
2. Characterization of their structures using state-of-the-art spectroscopic, photophysical, and electrochemical methods
3. Understanding of the relationship between the properties of the molecular components and their bioavailability, and then to use that knowledge to direct our synthetic efforts.
Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Paul Cotae, Associate Professor
My research is in the area of wireless mobile communication systems including B3G, CDMA/TDMA and 4G communication technologies, performance analysis, systems design, physical layer capability, the design of advanced communication algorithms, and recommendations for standards in B3G digital wireless communication systems.
Dr. Samuel Lakeou, Professor
Solar Cell Efficiency, Laser Assisted Prototyping, Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films, Data Acquisition System Design, Renewable Energy Power Systems, VLSI Design
Dr. Wagdy H. Mahmoud, Associate Professor
Reconfigurable computing systems and applications, hardware/software co-design, digital signal processing systems, digital VLSI, Verilog and VHDL hardware description languages, digital Image Processing, medical image processing and analysis.
Nian ZhangPh.D., Assistant Professor
Neural networks, fuzzy logic and their applications in autonomous robot navigation, signal processing, security, energy and power grid, and related fields, and VLSI/FPGA design.
Department of Engineering, Architecture & Aerospace Technology
Abiose O. Adebayo, Professor and Chair
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computational Structural Dynamics (CFD/CSD) method in the study of forced response and flutter of a turbomachinery row in the time domain.
PRADEEP K. BEHERA, Ph. D., P.E., D.WRE, Associate Professor
Urban Stormwater Management, Non-point Source Pollution, Water Resources Engineering, Erosion and Sediment Control, Sustainable Urban Water Systems, Environmental Systems, Spatio-Temporal Informatics.
Ahmet Zeytinci, Professor
Interested in Numerical Methods in Structural Analysis, Vibrations, Plates and Shells, Foundation Design and Finite Element Analysis in Engineering Problems.

Learning Resources Division
Dr. Suzan HarknessSuzan Harkness, Ph.D.
US Congress: Power and politics at the intersection of public good; The impact of experiential education: Documenting active and experiential learning; Student learning outcome through continuous and sequential assessment; Teaching with technology: Technological literacy; and Podcasting in American Colleges and Universities.