Meet the New Faces of the Samueli School
Engineering welcomes five faculty members in civil and environmental engineering and electrical engineering and computer science
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is pleased to introduce five new faculty members, including the arrival of Rafael L. Bras, dean and distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering; Russell Detwiler, Wenlong Jin and Diego Rosso, assistant professors of civil and environmental engineering; and, Filippo Capolino, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rafael L. Bras, Sc.D., recently joined UC Irvine as dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, as well as a distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering. A prominent hydrologist and hydroclimatologist from MIT, he is well known for his contributions to soil-vegetation-atmosphere system modeling, and he has been recognized for his innovative work describing and forecasting floods and precipitation. His landscape-river basin-evolution models are widely used in hydrology and geology. Bras has also pioneered ideas about how the deforestation of the Amazon will impact regional and continental climates.
Filippo Capolino, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Siena, Italy, before joining UC Irvine in July. His research focuses on metamaterials, optics and electromagnetism in nanostructures, plasmonics, microwaves, and their applications in sensors, antennas, RF and wireless systems. He has been very active in the new field of metamaterials, which are artificially engineered nano- or micro-structured materials possessing unusual and extreme properties that affect electromagnetic/optical waves. Capolino is preparing a two-volume handbook on this new research topic, and has also received several international awards and published more than 50 articles in technical journals, mostly in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions.