SEAS Faculty Areas of Expertise


Hossain Azam, Ph.D., P.E.–Experimental and Modeling Based Water and Wastewater (Water Resources Engineering, Urban Water Systems, Storm Water Management, Non-Point Source Pollution, Climate Change. Municipal & Industrial) Treatment, Solid Waste Management with Leachate Treatment, Water-Energy-Food-Climate Nexus, Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, Groundwater/Sediment Remediation, Resources Recovery, Environmental Engineering Education. 202.274.6293,

Pradeep Behera, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE (Department Chair)–Water Resources Engineering, Urban Water Systems, Storm Water Management, Non-Point Source Pollution, Climate Change. 202.274.6186,

Bryan Higgs, Ph.D.–Psychophysiological Driver Behavior, Transportation Network Vulnerability and Optimization, Travel Demand Modeling, Multi-level Multi-Objective Game Theory. 202.274.6600,

Gulen, Ozkula, Ph.D. Seismic design, evaluation, and rehabilitation of steel structures, Cyclic stability, modeling, and design of steel columns, Experimental methods in earthquake engineering, Structural performance under extreme loading, High-performance steel materials, Seismic Risk and Loss Assessment, Performance-based design. 202.274.6291,

Ujwalkumar Patil, Ph.D. – Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Unsaturated soil mechanics, Constitutive modeling of saturated and unsaturated soils, Biogeotechnics, Computational Geomechanics, Expansive soils. 202-274-6327,



Uzma Amir–Area Robotics, STEM Programs. 202.274.6550,

Li Chen, Ph.D.–Image Processing, Object-oriented Programming and Design, Algorithm Design and Complexity, Discrete Geometry and Digital Geometry, Data Science: Theory and Applications. 202.274.6301,

Amir Alipour-Fanid, Ph.D. – Cybersecurity, Cyber-Physical Systems Security, 5G and IoT Security, Network Security, Machine Learning, Data Science. 202.274.6548,

Anteneh Girma, Ph.D.–Information Security and Assurance, CyberSecurity, CyberSecurity Intelligence, CyberSecurity Governance, Risk Management, and Security Auditing, Cloud Computing and Security, Internet of Things and Security, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cryptography, and Data Science. 202.274.6548,

Dong Hyun Jeong, Ph.D.–Human-Computer Interaction, Visual Analytics, Information Visualization, Cloud Computing. 202.274.6292,

Thabet Kacem, Ph.D.–Cybersecurity, Smart Transportation Systems, Software-defined Radios/Radars, Cyber Physical Systems, Sea Level Rise. 202.274.5809,

Junwhan Kim, Ph.D.–Distributed Systems, Software and Hardware Transactional Memory, Fault Tolerance, Wireless Networking, Cross-layer Optimization. 202.274.7455,

Lily Liang, Ph.D.–Digital Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Data Mining. 202.274.5086,

Briana Wellman, Ph.D. (Department Chair)–Multi-robot System, Educational Robotics, Autonomous Systems. 202.274.6695,

Byunggu Yu, Ph.D.–Database, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Bigtable, MapReduce, Sensor-Network DB, Information Storage and Retrieval, Spatial Database, Spatio-temporal Database, High-dimensional Database, Indexing, Data Modeling, Operating Systems, Mobile Database, Informatics. 202.274.6289,

Temechu Zewdie, Ph.D. – Computer Science, Software Engineering, Web and Application Security, Database Security, Cyber-Physical Systems Security, Network Security, Information Security and Assurance, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing and Security, Internet of Things and security, Artificial Intelligence and Security, Machine Learning, Data Science.



Paul Cotae, Ph.D.–Digital Communication, Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Anomaly Detection, Intrusion Visualization. 202.274.6290,

Hongmei Dang, Ph.D.–Nanoscale Device Fabrication & Modelling, Defect Analysis, Nanoscale Electronic & Solar Cells, 2D Materials. 202.274.5836,

Wagdy Mahmoud, Ph.D., P.E.–System-level Hardware/software Co-design, Digital Signal Processing, Embedded & Cyber-Physical Systems. 202.274.5239,

Esther Ososanya, Ph.D. (Department Chair)–Microcomputer Architecture, VLSI & ASIC Designs, Embedded Systems, Nanotechnology, Renewable Energy. 202.274.5837,

Amir Shahirinia, Ph.D.–Power Systems Optimal Planning and Control, Power Electronics and Motor Drives, Renewable Energy; Smart Grids; V2G and G2V; Plug-in Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence, Bayesian Statistics, Data Analysis, Algorithm Development. 202.274.6917,

Nian Zhang, Ph.D.–Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Big data, Time Series Prediction. 202.274.6615,



Ji Chen, Ph.D.-Wearable Robotics and Control, Biomechanics Analysis and modelling, Assistive technology and techniques, Movement enhancement protocol design. 202.274.5039,

Max Denis, Ph.D.–Diagnostic ultrasound & tissue elasticity imaging, Breast and thyroid cancer detection, Acoustic remote sensing. 202.274.5045,

Kate Klein, Ph.D. (Department Chair)–Nanomaterials synthesis & characterization, Microscopy, Electron and ion beam applications, In-situ experimentation, Mechanical properties of materials. 202.274.7131,

Ludwig C. Nitsche, Ph.D.–Microhydrodynamics, multiphase flow and diffusion, computer simulations with particle methods, applied mathematics, applications in drug delivery. 202.274.5082,

Alexander Pebbles, Ph.D. – Human Movement Biomechanics, Orthopedic Biomechanics, Dynamic Postural Control and Fall Risk, Rehabilitation Engineering, Device Design. 202.274.5139,

Devdas Shetty, Ph.D., P.E.–Smart manufacturing, Design for mechatronics, Rehabilitation products, Robotics, Surface roughness. 202.274.5033,

Lara Thompson, Ph.D.–Postural control and mobility, Non-invasive and invasive prostheses, Sensory substitutes, Rehabilitative devices. 202.274.5046,

Pawan Tyagi, Ph.D.–Molecular spintronics, Additive manufacturing and postprocessing, Spin photovoltaic cells and solar thermal air heaters, Nano biosensors and brain imaging, Student presentation based effective Teaching (SPET). 202.274.6601,

Jiajun Xu, Ph.D., P.E.–Multiscale thermal transport and energy conversion, Multiscale modeling and simulation, Thermal-fluid science, Nanotechnology, Renewable energy and water treatment, Additive manufacturing. 202.274.5048,