Five tenure-track faculty members join the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2017-18

8/14/2017

Aida Ebrahimi is an assistant professor in electrical engineering. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tehran, Iran and her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests are in electronic devices and systems, point-of-care diagnostics, biointegrated systems, functional materials, and real-time probing of cellular physiology and biophysics. Ebrahimi is the recipient of the Rising Star in EECS award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award.

Shengxi Huang is an assistant professor of electrical engineering. She received her B.S. in micro and nano electronics from Tsinghua University in China and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in optical spectroscopic techniques and light-matter interactions of low-dimensional materials; optical coupling between two-dimensional materials and plasmonic nanostructures; novel electronic/photonic devices using integrated nanostructures; trace chemical/molecule detection based on photonic methods. She has had numerous journal publications and is the recipient of many awards including the Ginzton Fellow from Stanford University, the Kavli Institute Fellowship, the Director’s Fellow from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.

Mahanth Gowda is an assistant professor in computer science and engineering. He received his bachelor’s of technology in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, his M.S. in computer science from Duke University and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His research interests include wireless networking and mobile computing including applications of machine learning for Internet of Things (drones, wearables, acoustics and augmented reality). He has published across diverse research forums, including Network Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Mobicom, Infocom, the World Wide Web (WWW) conference, Hotnets and Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS).

Mehrdad Mahdavi is an assistant professor in computer science and engineering. He has a B.S. in software engineering from Tehran Polytechnic in Iran, an M.S. in software engineering from Sharif University and finished his Ph.D. in computer science at Michigan State University. His research interests include machine learning, convex and non-convex optimization, statistical and computational learning theory, and applications of machine learning in learning from large and/or high dimensional data. Prior to coming to Penn State, he was a research assistance professor at Toyota Technological Institute at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several publications and was recognized as a National Elite Student by the Iranian National Foundation of Elites. He has also won a number of awards, including a best paper award at the Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), and the most cited paper award from the journal of Applied Mathematics and Computation, Elsevier.

Timothy Zhu is an assistant professor in computer science and engineering. He received both his B.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, where his research was in the broad area of resource management in clouds. He will continue this work at Penn State by building a research group focused on this area. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Zhu worked on graphics device driver development at NVIDIA, a visual computing technology company. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship and a EuroSys best student paper award for TetriSched.

 

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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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