Rutgers Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

For the academic year 2014-2015, Rutgers School of Engineering welcomes six new faculty members to mechanical and aerospace engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

"Each of these new faculty members bring an exciting level of cutting-edge innovation and expertise to Rutgers Engineering," said Dean Tom Farris. 


Xiaoli Bai
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
PhD, Aerospace Engineering, 2010
Texas A&M University

Xiaoli Bai’s research interests include space situation awareness and next generation space catalog problems; modeling, control, and analysis of Next Generation Air Transportation System; dynamics, control, and optimization for space systems, and aerospace systems. Prior to joining Rutgers, she was a research scientist at Optimal Synthesis Inc. in Los Altos, California, working with NASA Langley and NASA Ames on advanced research and development projects in the area of air traffic management systems. One consequence of her dissertation is a set of methods which significantly enhances and accelerates the fundamental processes underlying the creation and maintenance of space debris catalogs.

Chundawat.jpgShishir P.S. Chundawat
Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
PhD, Chemical Engineering, 2009
Michigan State University

Shishir Chundawat's primary area of research focuses on the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels, chemicals, and materials inspired via both catalytic and biocatalytic routes. His research program will leverage the scientific and engineering principles underlying the sustainable utilization of renewable biomass for a multitude of applications in the areas of bioenergy, healthcare, and advanced biomaterials. His research interests further include topics such as glycoengineering, protein engineering, and carbohydrate-based biopolymers.  Prior to joining Rutgers, he held a joint position as an assistant scientist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as an adjunct research assistant professor with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University. 

Javanmard.jpgMehdi Javanmard
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD, Electrical Engineering, 2008
Stanford University

Mehdi Javanmard interests are focused upon developing rapid and low cost technologies for point-of-care diagnostics, proteomic biomarker discovery, global health, and drug screening. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was a senior research engineer at the Stanford Genome Technology Center (SGTC) in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University where he led the center’s interface between engineering and biology. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 2004 working at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center researching the use of photonic nanostructures for high energy physics. As a doctoral student, he worked on the development of electronic microfluidic platforms for low cost genomic and proteomic biomarker detection. At SGTC, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar from 2008 to 2009, and then as a staff engineering research associate from 2009 until 2012. He is the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Sensors Conference 2013 Best Paper Award.

NR14JinJing4009.JPGJing (Peter) J. Jin
Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, Civil Engineering, 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Peter Jin joins Rutgers Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor and as an affiliated member of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT). His expertise lies in Intelligent Transportation Systems with special interests in mobile sensor data, connected vehicles, and active transportation and demand management. His recent research interests include transportation Big Data analytics, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, and unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) application in traffic monitoring and incident management. Prior to joining Rutgers, he worked at the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin as a research associate.

Xiang Liu
Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD, Transportation Engineering, 2013
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Xiang Liu was most recently a postdoctoral research associate at the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) at UIUC where his focus was integrated risk management of rail transport of hazardous materials. His work has laid out a comprehensive framework for optimizing multiple risk management strategies to maximize rail safety in the most cost-efficient manner. Some of his research results have been used by the Association of American railroad industry in development of several rail safety policies and practices. At Rutgers, he aims to develop innovative approaches to improving the safety and efficiency of transportation systems in New Jersey and the nation, in partnership with his colleagues and sponsors.   

NR14ZonouzSaman.JPGSaman Zonouz
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD, Computer Science, 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saman Zonouz’s research aims to design and implement theoretically sound and practically deployable solutions for systems and networks security and privacy. More specifically, his research spans the areas of trustworthy cyber-physical critical infrastructures, embedded systems, operating system security, intrusion detection and forensics analysis, and software reverse engineering. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Miami and the director of the 4N6 Cyber Security and Forensics laboratory. His research has been funded by federal grants from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy/Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, and Fortinet Corporation.