Leadership

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Rumana Riffat is the interim dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She began serving as interim dean on September 1, 2018. From August 1, 2012 to August 31, 2018, she was the school's associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. Riffat received her Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. Her research centers on sustainable water and wastewater treatment, advanced processes for nutrient removal, and anaerobic digestion. She has been involved in a number of national and international research projects with Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, DC Water, and USAID. She is the author of “Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment and Engineering,” which is used as a textbook at various universities in the United States and other countries. Dr. Riffat is a professor of civil engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and has been a member of the SEAS faculty since 1994.

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Yin-Lin Shen is the school's interim associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of engineering and applied science in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringDr. Shen received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on nanoscale measurement instrumentation and techniques, the development of nano-probes for ultraprecision dimensional metrology, and high resolution graphic simulation of numerically controlled milling processes. 

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Can E. Korman is the school's associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor of engineering and applied science in the Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringDr. Korman received his Ph.D. in electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research centers on semiconductor device noise modeling, micro- and nano-electronics, magnetics, numerical modeling, and stochastic modeling. He has been a member of the SEAS faculty since 1991 and has served previously as the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

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Bhagirath Narahari is the school's associate dean for undergraduate programs and student affairs and a professor of engineering and applied science in the Department of Computer ScienceDr. Narahari received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1987, and previously served as the chairman of the Department of Computer Science. He has been active in undergraduate education, advising, and curriculum development. Dr. Narahari's research interests are in the areas of software security, architecture support for trustworthy computing, embedded systems, computer architecture, compiler optimization, pervasive computing, and parallel computing.

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Igor Efimov is the chair of the Department of Biomedical EngineeringDr. Efimov received his Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  He conducts research in the field of cardiovascular engineering, physiology, imaging, and medical device development. Prior to joining SEAS, he was a member of the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis (2004-2014), the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1994‐2000), and Case Western Reserve University (2000‐2004).  Dr. Efimov is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association.

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Majid Manzari is a professor of civil engineering and the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Manzari received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis.  His research centers on experimental and computational geomechanics, earthquake-resistant infrastructure systems, and constitutive modeling of engineering materials.  He has been a member of the SEAS faculty since 1994.

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Robert Pless is the chair of the Department of Computer ScienceDr. Pless received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  He conducts research on developing computer vision algorithms for geometric inference with applications to biomedical imaging, remote sensing, robotics, and social justice.

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Suresh Subramaniam is chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringDr. Subramaniam received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 1997.  His research centers on developing novel network architectures and control algorithms for networks. He has been a member of the SEAS faculty since 1997. Professor Subramaniam is a Fellow of the IEEE. 

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Michael Plesniak is a professor of engineering and applied science and the chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringDr. Plesniak received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of ASME, AIAA, APS and AAAS. His research interests include: fluid dynamics, turbulence and complex flows, mixing phenomena, and biofluid dynamics—cardiovascular flows and human speech production. He has been a member of the SEAS faculty since 2008 and was formerly a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University and a program director at the National Science Foundation.