Research Faculty & Staff


Dr. Stephanie Ivey is the Associate Dean for Research for the Herff College of Engineering, associate director of the Division of Transportation and Logistics with the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research and an Associate Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis. She also directs the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) and the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. Her research includes focus on community livability and transportation planning and policy. She is the project director for the West Tennessee STEM Hub, a regional K-12 outreach initiative. Ivey also has a lengthy and nationally recognized research record focused on STEM and transportation education and workforce issues. She serves as faculty advisor for the University of Memphis student chapters of WTS and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is a member of the Executive Committee of the ITE Transportation Education Council. 
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Dr. Mariquita "Kit" Boone is the pre-award coordinator for Herff College of Engineering. In her fole, Kit helps Herff researchers find and secure funding for UofM research and educational projects. She works with research teams during the pre-award phase of the sponsored project lifecycle to ensure the proposal is accurate, complete, and compliant with the sponsor requirements. Support includes proposal assistance, non-financial post-submission assistance, as well as research administration services.

Current Research Activity at Herff

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  Lead PI Research Interest
Dr. Hasan Ali Dr. Hasan Ali Smart grid and microgrid controls, cybersecurity issues in modern power grids, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and system, 5G communication, renewable energy, and energy storage
Dr. David Arellano Dr. David Arellano Expanded-polystyrene block geofoams, backfill, retaining walls
Dr. Ebrahim Asadi Dr. Ebrahim Asadi Material science, mechanical properties of Ti6AIV4, field crystal modleing using NASA-PSI coarsening solid-liquid mixtures, 3d biofabrication ndmanufacturing, tissue regeneration and implantable devices
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no photo available Dr. Madhusudhanan Balasubramanian Glaucoma, convolutional neural network
Dr. Kevin Berisso Dr. Kevin Berisso Vest testing, RF controls
Dr. Gary Bowlin Dr. Gary Bowlin Cardiovascular, DNA, in vitro im plants, designing drugs, bio material for dental bone, electrospinning polymers
Dr. Joel Bumgardner Dr. Joel Bumgardner Bone graft materials, Chitosan, biomaterials
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Dr. Charles Camp Dr. Charles Camp Bridge remediation; 3D Dynamic analysis
Center for Innovative Research in Bridge Engineering (CIRBE)
Dr. Amy L. de Jongh Curry Dr. Amy Curry Phantom Limb
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Davoodi headshot Dr. Mohammadreza Davoodi Control systems, Complex networks, Fault/Attack diagnosis, Robotics
Dr. Russell Deaton Dr. Russell Deaton VLSI Fabrication, Algorithmic Self-Assembly of Materials, Nanotechnology.
Doblas headshot Dr. Ana Doblas
  • Optical Instrumentation
  • Multimodal imaging platforms
  • Low-cost imaging systems
  • Automatic and open-source reconstruction algorithms
  • Healthcare sensing devices
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Dr. Maryam Salehi Dr. Maryam Salehi Esfandarani Storm water quality 
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Dr. Ali Fatemi Dr. Ali Fatemi Multiaxial fatigue, additive manufacturing metals, wrought materials, co-extruded high density polyethylene-based multilayer materials, axial and bending  fatigue
image not available Dr. Lenwood Fields Thermoelectrics, emerging technology, STEM
Dr. Daniel Foti Dr. Daniel Foti

Drone research

2022: Awarded $198,766 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “ERI: Formation Mechanisms and Modeling of Wake Meandering in Wind Farms”


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Mr. Mihalis Golias Mr. Michail Gkolias Freight mobility, corridor feasibility, wrong-way prevention technologies, commodity movement, truck parking needs, freight networks, integrated land use and freight movement
Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan Modeling concentrated dusty plasma; ultrasonic aerosol generators fabrication 
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Dr. John I. Hochstein Dr. John Hochstein Vehicle emission reduction
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Dr. Stephanie Ivey Dr. Stephanie Ivey STEM, Workforce development, apprenticeship accelerator, girl/women empowerment, diversity, transformative technology, intermodal freight
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Dr. Eddie Jacobs Dr. Eddie Jacobs Empathic engineer, gender equity, PALS simulation support, drone research, cybersecurity
Dr. Farhad Jazaei Dr. Farhad Jazaei
  • Developing a framework to quantify Microplastic load transported by urban stormwater, Brown and Caldwell, 2021 (PI)- ~$33K
  • ITESO-Memphis Engineering Exchange, US Department of State, 2021 (co-PI)- ~$83K
  • Pre- and post-restoration assessment of Loan Oak basin, West Tennessee River Basin Authority, 2021 (Co-PI)- ~$163K
  • Microplastics Fate and Transport in Agricultural Soil: Interrelation of Hydrodynamics, Chemistry, and Material sciences, U.S.
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), 2020 (Co-PI) - ~$500K
  • Toward a Water Smart Campus- Green Fee, University of Memphis, 2020 (PI)- ~$27K
  • Investigating contaminant storage and release mechanisms at low permeability zones, Herff College of Engineering Faculty
  • Research Grants- UoM, 2020 (PI)- ~$15K 
  • West TN Dept of Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 2019 (Co-PI) ~$430K
  • MLGW Aquitard, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division, 2019 (Co-PI)- ~$5M
  • Community of Research Scholars grant (CoRS), University of Memphis, 2019 (PI) -$2K
  • Allen Wellfield Evaluation, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) Division, 2017 (Co-PI)- $1.2M

Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport Laboratory (GFCT Lab)...underdevelopment

Dr. Jessica Amber Jennings Dr. Jessica Jennings Research fellowships
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Dr. Daniel Larsen Dr. Daniel Larsen (CAESER) Groundwater, bioretention pond assessment, hydrologic modeling, stream restoraion/flood control structures
Dr. Edward Lin Dr. Hsiang Lin Dynamic vibration reasoning design optimization 
Dr. Ernő I. Lindner Dr. Erno Lindner Medical Electronics
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Dr. Jeffrey Marchetta Dr. Jeffrey Marchetta 3-star industrial assessment, magnetically induced fluid motion in reduced gravity
Dr. James McGinnis Dr. James Mcginnis

Center for Information Assurance (CfIA)

Dr. Claudio Meier Dr. Claudio Meier Stream restoration
Dr. Sabya Mishra Dr. Sabyasachee Mishra Transport research, smart cities, asset management transit fleet, land use, work zone alert systems, freight congestion and mobility multimodal freight model
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Dr. Shahram Pezeshk Dr. Shahram Pezeshk Spatial analysis, attenuation model, spectrum matching-response spectrum, vertical to horizontal response spectral ratios,, ground motion prediction equations
Dr. Chrysanthe Preza Dr. Chrysanthe Preza 3D resolution, spherical aberration cellular imaging, optical sectioning microscopy
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Dr. Esra Roan Dr. Esra Roan Cell stiffness, lung injury
Dr. Aaron Robinson Dr. Aaron Robinson Image and signal processing
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Dr. Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja Dr. Aaryani Sajja
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • NMR Spectroscopy & Metabolomics
  • Image Processing & Analysis
  • Medical Imaging and Physics
  • Iron & Fat Quantification using MRI
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Dr. Brian Waldron Dr. Brian Waldron Groundwater, storm water controlblight mapping, GIS, water portal maintenance, water use app development, increasing aggie production resilience, water resources use
Williams headshot Dr. John L. Williams Biomechanics of human motion, joints, orthopaedic and dental implants, mechanical testing and numerical modeling of bone and cartilage, mechanobiology of bone growth and growth plate cartilage.
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Dr. Mohammed Yeasin Dr. Mohammed Yeasin geisinger DSA 
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