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Fall 2022 | Issue 4 | Oct. 7, 2022

Message from the Dean: Research

Dear Herff Family,
Deaton headshotThe attainment of R1 Carnegie status as one of the nation’s premier research universities is a significant achievement, to which engineering had a significant contribution. Congratulations and thanks to you all. Now the hard part is to keep it. I am sure that our new Dean, Dr. Okenwa Okoli, will want our momentum to continue. To that end, we are asking faculty to follow this link that gathers information about faculty expertise and research. This will promote collaboration and disseminate information to potential students and sponsors, both governmental and private.
Russell Deaton, Ph. D.
Interim Dean of Engineering
Faculty Research Submission Form

Turner presents check to Herff

Turner check presentation
Turner Construction Company met with the first cohort of Turner Construction Company scholars and presented a check.  Pictured from left are: Dr. Russell Deaton, interim dean of Herff College of Engineering; Andy David, Turner; Tatiana Kalonji Nzeba (Civil Engineering, Junior); Dr. Bill Hardgrave, University of Memphis president; Taurus B. Gregory (Engineering Technology, Junior); Jeff Borgsmiller, Turner; and Navneet Singh Sidhu (Mechanical Engineering, Senior).

UofM and IAMPE Sign Academic Partnership Agreement

IAMPE MOU signing
The University of Memphis (UofM) and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to work together on professional development for the maritime and port industry. Under the MOU, UofM and the IAMPE will acknowledge and endorse each other’s programs related to port and terminal education and training.

The IAMPE will look to provide a professional certification as Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) to UofM undergraduate students for successfully completing the appropriate engineering undergraduate program. In addition, UofM will grant IAMPE programs academic credits in their related graduate programs.
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Herff VIP teams first in TN to join consortium

The University of Memphis Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program has joined the VIP Consortium, the first to join in the state of Tennessee. The UofM-VIP program is part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) award, which is led by Dr. Chrysanthe Preza, Kanuri Professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. It started this fall with two teams led by Dr. Preza, Kanuri Professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for Research and professor in Civil Engineering. 

The VIP Consortium is a non-profit alliance established to support & promote the success of Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) in colleges and universities worldwide. In a Vertically Integrated Project, teams of undergraduate students collaborate with faculty and their graduate students on ambitious, long-term projects of mutual interest. Currently, there are more than 40 universities and 4,500 students participating in VIP programs worldwide. 

At the UofM, there are 12 undergraduate students and seven graduate student mentors enrolled in the VIP program. 
VIP Team Bios

New Herff Faculty Profiles

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Davoodi headshotDr. Mohammadreza Davoodi
Assistant Professor
ES 204A
Email: mdavoodi@memphis.edu
Office phone:  901.678.3248

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, 2012
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, 2008
  • BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Isfahan, Iran, 2006

 Professional Experience
  • Joint Assistant Professor of Research, University of Texas at Arlington
    5/2021 – 7/2022
  • Research Scientist III, Univ. of Texas at Arlington Research Institute        
    11/2019 – 7/2022    
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    7/2017 – 11/2019
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
    1/2013 – 6/2017
  • Visiting Researcher, Concordia University, Canada
    5/2011 – 6/2012
Areas of Research
Control systems, Complex networks, Fault/Attack diagnosis, Robotics, Unmanned vehicles, Multi-agent system, Cyber-physical system, Machine learning and AI.
Areas of Teaching Interest
Control systems, Circuit analysis, Signal processing, Robotics, Linear systems analysis, System identification, Fault/attack diagnosis, Convex optimization.

Nguyen headshotDr. Hiep Nguyen
Assistant Professor of Teaching
ES 216 
Email: hiep.nguyen@memphis.edu 

  • Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2022 
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russian Federation), 2011. 
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russian Federation), 2009. 

Areas of Research
Nanodielectrics, electrical insulation materials, novel materials for modern electric devices, high voltage engineering, power systems. 

Areas of Teaching Interest
Circuit analysis, power systems, high voltage engineering, and other areas of engineering. 

Mechanical Engineering

Gao headshotDr. Yuan Gao
Assistant Professor
ES 314
Email: ygao6@memphis.edu 
Office phone:  901.678.5014

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2022
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018
  • BS in Petroleum Engineering, Chongqing University (China), 2017

Areas of Research
Microfluids, biomedical devices and acoustic microfluid technologies, micro/nano systems

Areas of Teaching Interest
Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, machine design, micro/nano fluidics, micro/nano fabric

Guan headshotDr. Yue Guan
Assistant Professor
ES 310A
Email: yguan1@memphis.edu
Office phone: 901.678.5013

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 2019
  • MS in Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University (China), 2015
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University (China), 2012

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, 8/2021-8/2022
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 9/19-7/21

Areas of Research
Dynamical behavior of advanced mechanical structures using a combination of Mathematical, computational, and experimental mechanics

Areas of Teaching Interest
Solid mechanics, computational mechanics, dynamics, vibration 

Lee headshotDr. Yong Hoon Lee
Assistant Professor
ES 322D
Email: yhlee@memphis.edu
Office phone:  901.678.5004

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Ajou University (South Korea), 2010
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Ajou University (South Korea), 2008

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Engineering System Design Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 7/2020-8/2022
  • CAE/CFD Research Engineer, Nuclear Energy Division, Korea Nuclear Engineering and Service Corp. (South Korea), 7/2010-8/2013

Areas of Research
Design optimization methods, renewable and sustainable energy systems, other areas of mechanics

Areas of Teaching Interest
Engineering mechanics, fluid and thermal science, machine design, materials science and processing, numerical methods, optimization, non-Newtonian fluids, etc.

Dr. Hasan receives NSA grant

The University of Memphis received a $498,083, under NCAE-C (National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity) grant (#H98230-22-1-0326) for 2 years to conduct research on project titled “Cyber Resilient 5G-Enabled Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure”. Dr. Mohd Hasan Ali, an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) and Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta from Computer Science as the Co-PI on this project. 

The overall goal of the project is to explore related technologies to develop a secure and trustworthy approach for 5G-enabled electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) and its charging system. This project will have significant impacts on industry, academia, and society at large. In military bases, the proposed 5G-based EVCS can play a great role in charging the vehicles securely and successfully. The PIs will also engage in outreach and educational activities designed to expose diverse populations, including women, minorities, and undergraduate students, to 5G-enabled EVCS and cybersecurity science. This project is affiliated to the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) of the University of Memphis and Dr Ali is an Associate Director of the Center.
University of Memphis All Majors Career Fair
October 14  |  10 AM to 3 PM
University Center Ballroom (in-person)
Handshake (virtual)
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STEM Research and Classroom Building groundbreaking; Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3 PM

Construction Management Lecture

Construction Estimating
Tuesday, October 18
9:40 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
335 Engineering Science Building 
Guest Lecturer: Flintco
Topic: Estimating
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