Meet the New Faces of the Samueli School
Engineering welcomes 10 faculty members across all fields and disciplines
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is pleased to introduce ten new faculty members, including the appointments of H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, in electrical engineering and computer science, Enrico Gratton in biomedical engineering, William J. Cooper, Chenyang Sunny Jiang, Betty Olson, Jean-Daniel Saphores, and Farzin Zareian in civil and environmental engineering, Ali Mohraz in chemical engineering and materials science, and Benjamin Villac and Yun Wang in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
“The future of our school depends upon attracting high caliber talent, and we are extremely pleased to welcome so many outstanding new faculty members,” said Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos, dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. “The year ahead promises numerous research initiatives for students and faculty, focusing on advancements in all engineering fields through interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork.”
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, Ph.D. - Professor and The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair
Prior to joining UC Irvine, Wickramasinghe, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and respected pioneer in nanotechnology, managed nanoscience and technology research at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif. Holding 70 patents, some of his most significant inventions and contributions to the nano field include the development of the vibrating mode atomic force microscope (AFM) into fully hardened instruments, the magnetic force microscope, the electrostatic force microscope, the Kelvin probe force microscope, the scanning thermal microscope, and the apertureless near-field optical microscope. Wickramasinghe is an IBM Fellow and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Enrico Gratton, Ph.D. - Professor
Under Gratton’s direction as co-founder and principal investigator, the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics relocated to UC Irvine from the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
William J. Cooper, Ph.D. - Professor and Director of the Urban
As the new UWRC director, Cooper hopes to expand the Center’s programs, and envisions the future participation of both the
Chenyang Sunny Jiang, Ph.D. - Associate Professor
Jiang comes from UC Irvine’s Department of Environmental Health, Science, and Policy, and holds joint appointments with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Department of Toxicology and Community Medicine. Her research focuses on aquatic microbiology and ecology, investigating the interaction, fate and transport of microbial pathogens and bacterial indicators in the coastal environment.
Betty Olson, Ph.D. - Professor
Olson is also from UC Irvine’s Department of Environmental Health, Science, and Policy, and Environmental and Community Medicine, and studies molecular techniques and the microbiology of drinking and wastewaters. Her interests cover the use of molecular biological techniques to optimize wastewater treatment, the study of microorganisms of public health importance in environmental waters, and how microorganisms influence water quality.
Jean-Daniel Saphores, Ph.D. - Associate Professor
Saphores joins civil and environmental engineering from UC Irvine’s Planning, Policy, and Design department, and his research concentrates on infrastructure economics and management, urban and transportation economics, planning, and policy, water resources, waste management, environmental and natural resource economics and policy, and applied econometrics.
Farzin Zareian, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Zareian comes to the
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Ali Mohraz, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Mohraz was part of a research team at the
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Benjamin Villac, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Villac comes to the
Yun Wang, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Prior to UC Irvine, Wang conducted research at the