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UNM Engineering Welcomes Seven New Faculty

August 31, 2012

UNM Engineering Welcomes Seven New Faculty 

UNM Engineering welcomes seven new faculty members who bring a wealth of experience and expertise. “The pool of candidates was exceptionally strong and the competition for the top candidates was stiff,” says Dean Catalin Roman. “We succeeded in attracting an exceptional group of new faculty who are joining us this academic year.”


Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

sang eon hanSang Eon HanAssistant Professor
Han received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and worked in the NanoEngineering group at MIT as a postdoctoral scholar.  His research was on photonic crystals and plasmonics with applications to solar and thermal energy harvesting.  Prior to his PhD, Han was a research scientist at LG Chem working on optical thin films for liquid crystal displays. Website

ed blandfordEdward BlandfordAssistant Professor 
Before coming to UNM, Blandford was a Stanton nuclear security fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. His research focuses on advanced reactor thermal-fluids, best-estimate code validation, reactor safety, and physical protection strategies for critical nuclear infrastructure. Blandford received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Website

Civil Engineering

greg gouldGregory Gould, Assistant Professor in Sustainable Transportation Engineering 
Gould comes to UNM from the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica California, where he was a Transportation and Air Quality Science Fellow. His interests span transportation and air quality issues with a particular focus on the environmental and financial sustainability of transportation systems and environmental justice. Gould received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California, Davis, in 2010. Website

Computer Science

michalis faloutsosMichalis Faloutsos, Chair (starting in January 2013) 
Faloutsos is well known for his work in Internet routing, cyber-security, complex systems, and ad hoc networks. He received the ACM Test of Time award in 2010 and his research has been supported by many NSF and military grants for a cumulative total of more than $6 million. Faloutsos co-founded a cyber-security company in 2008, offering services, which received two SBIR grants from the National Science Foundation and institutional funding in Dec 2011. He comes to UNM from University of California, Riverside, where he is a professor of computer science. Faloutsos earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1999. Website

patrick kelleyPatrick Kelley, Assistant Professor   
Kelley’s research is in the area of information design and security policies, and he has a special interest in educating users about privacy concerns on the web through design and data visualization. He earned his PhD in Computation, Organizations, and Society at Carnegie Mellon University. 

james willsonJames WillsonLecturer 2    
Willson has been a research assistant and teaching assistant at Washington University and The University of Texas at Dallas, where he received his PhD in Computer Science in 2011. His research interests include computer networks and software systems, including wireless networking, mobile computing, parallel and distributed systems, social networks, and network algorithm design.  Website

Electrical and Computer Engineering

daniel feezellDaniel Feezell, Assistant Professor
Feezell joins UNM after being a Project Scientist in the Materials Department and the Solid-State Lighting and Energy Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include growth, fabrication, and characterization of group III-nitride materials and devices for energy efficiency and renewable energy applications. Feezell received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. Website