MU Engineering welcomes 11 new faculty members
The College of Engineering welcomes 11 faculty members to its ranks this fall, four in industrial engineering, three in the computer science, two in mechanical and aerospace engineering, one in bioengineering and one in chemical engineering.
Christine Costello is an assistant research professor in the Bioengineering Department. Her research interests include systems sustainability, specifically the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient flows and water and land use associated with current and potential agricultural systems and management options.
Her research into life cycle assessment focuses on food consumption and the role of human behavior as a driver for agricultural production. Additionally, she examines the environmentally extended input-output life cycle assessment techniques (EE-IO LCA) allow for consideration of impacts across the U.S. economy.
Costello earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
The Chemical Engineering Department’s newest professor already is a familiar name on the MU campus. Henry “Hank” Foley joined the UM System as vice president for academic affairs in June and also will be a tenured faculty member in chemical engineering. Foley came to MU from The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as the vice president for research and dean of the graduate school.
Foley earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University and his doctorate in physical and inorganic chemistry from Penn State. He was serving as the executive director and principal investigator for the Department of Energy’s national hub for energy efficient buildings at the time of his departure from Penn State. He also was the director of The Strategic and Global Securities Program, an Office of the Director of National Intelligence Center for Academic Excellence in Intelligence Studies.
Jung Hyup Kim
A recent doctoral graduate from The Pennsylvania State University, Jung Hyup Kim is a new assistant professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department. Kim’s main research foci include human-in-the-loop simulation, cognitive human factors and human-computer interaction.
Kim graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2008 with his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.
An alumnus of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department, Matt Maschmann joins the faculty as an assistant professor alongside a few of the faculty members who once taught him. Originally from Washington, Mo., he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MU and his doctorate from Purdue University.
Maschmann’s research interests include nanoscale materials and thermal transport. His most recent position was with the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he worked with carbon nanotubes in micro-sized aerial vehicles.
Ronald McGarvey joined MU with joint appointment as an assistant professor in the IMSE Department and at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. His primary research interest is in applied optimization and its applications to public policy and resource management.
McGarvey has more than 10 years of experience working as a researcher in Project AIR FORCE, a federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND Corporation that is tasked with performing policy analysis on behalf of Air Force leadership. He earned his doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University.
As a new assistant teaching professor in IMSE, Timothy Middelkoop’s research interests focus on optimization and control, specifically as it applies to energy. He also researches high-performance and scientific computing and web-based decision support systems.
Middelkoop was previously on the faculty at the University of Florida’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where he first was an assistant engineer and later an adjunct professor and the assistant director of the University of Florida Industrial Assessment Center. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ming Xin is an associate professor in the MAE Department. Before joining MU, he was an associate professor at Mississippi State University. He conducts research in guidance, control and estimation of various aerospace dynamic systems such as spacecraft, missile, launch vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as robotic systems. The National Science Foundation and NASA have funded his research.
Xin was the recipient of the NSF’s prestigious CAREER Award. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Astronomical Society and a member of AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics technical committee.
Emmanuelle Wallach joined as an adjunct instructor in the IMSE Department. In addition to sharing her knowledge about simulation models with the department’s students, Wallach brings new access to Simio Enterprise Edition, state-of-the-art simulation software, after receiving approval for her Simio Academic Grant proposal.
Wallach earned her bachelor’s degree in her native France and completed her master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012.
Fang Wang is an assistant teaching professor in the Computer Science (CS) Department. She earned her doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Mizzou in 2011. During that time, she was also a graduate research assistant. Her research areas include electronic design automation (EDA) software development, modeling and simulation, semiconductor devices, computer vision and computer intelligence.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Nankai University, in China, and her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Texas.
Dean Zeller is an instructor in the CS Department. He will teach “Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming” and “Object Oriented Programming” this fall. These courses introduce computer science students to programming languages and advanced methods of programming. Zeller’s previous appointment was as an assistant professor of information technology with Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Zeller’s topics of interest include computers education methods, bioinformatics, data mining, algorithm analysis, evolutionary algorithms and graph theory. He replaces Markita Price, an associate teaching professor, who retired last May after 13 years with the College of Engineering.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science, as well as a master’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Yinghui “Susan” Zeng
Susan Zeng joins the CS Department as an adjunct assistant professor. Also a data architect with IBM, she specializes in big data and will teach a course on the subject thanks to a partnership between the CS Department and IBM’s “Academic Initiative.”
Big data has applications commercially because it can help manage large databases. It also can be used to tackle challenging issues of health, transportation, energy and more.
She is an alumnus of MU Engineering, earning her doctorate in civil engineering in 2004. At MU, she will work with computer science Professor Chi-Ren Shyu.