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Dr. Ming Leu, MAE - Dr. Ming Leu is the Keith and Pat Bailey Distinguished Professor in Integrated Product Development and Manufacturing. He has been very active in professional societies, especially ASME. Dr. Leu is well known for his research contributions in CAD/CAM, robotics, rapid prototyping, and intelligent manufacturing. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the AMAE Research Excellence Award (MS&T, 2001), Harlan J. Perlis Research Award (NJIT, 1993), Presidential Young Investigator Award (NSF, 1985), Ralph R. Teetor Education Award (SAE, 1985), Wood Paper Award (FPRS, 1981), and University Lead Award (CASA/SME, 1994). He was elected to ASME Fellow in 1993 and is a member of the Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has over 200 publications in refereed scientific and engineering journals and conference proceedings, and three U.S. patents. 

Senior Research Investigators
  Dr. Frank Liou, MAE - Frank Liou is the Michael and Joyce Bytnar Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He currently serves as the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program at Missouri S&T.  His teaching and research interests include CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, and rapid manufacturing. He has published over 200 technical papers and has research grants and contracts over $10M.  Professor Liou has served as the principal investigator to develop a hybrid manufacturing system which combines laser deposition for material deposition and 5-axis milling process for material removal. This project involves hardware system integration to demonstrate feasibility of the hybrid system as well as simulation of powder injection and melt pool monitoring and control.  Recently, this work has been funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory and National Science Foundation to work with Boeing on hybrid titanium deposition and machining.  Several companies have also participated in the effort.  Dr. Liou is a fellow of ASME. 
Dr. Bruce McMillin, Computer Science - The main thread of my research activities has been to create sound theory and practice of fault tolerance and security for distributed computing applications. My work treats these aspects as functions of the application rather than of the underlying system. Since most work in providing fault tolerance and security is based on assuring the underlying system, my work represents a radical departure from the mainstream of the discipline. Breaking from the main thread of research has required development of a new theory of how program correctness is understood. The approach is to provide semantics to ensure, at runtime, that a distributed program is survivable (has fault tolerance) and maintains its security, in the presence of system failures and security intrusions. Current federal emphasis on protection of complex distributed systems has proven to be an ideal match to my work. Collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships are the cornerstone of success in these new programs. Recently, collaborative work with EE has resulted in NSF funding to apply my techniques to the problem of fault-tolerant and secure power grid management. Recently we were awarded an NSF Engineering Research Center in Distributed Energy and Computer Science from S&T is the lead. 
  Dr. J. Sarangapani, Electrical & Computer Engineering - Dr. Jagannathan Sarangapani or simply Dr. S. Jagannathan is currently a Rutledge-Emerson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Site Director for the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems with joint appoint with the Departments of Computer Science and Systems Engineering.  He has coauthored 107 peer reviewed journal articles mostly two authored papers with his students, over 200 IEEE conference articles, several book chapters and three books.  He holds 20 patents with several pending. His research interests include adaptive and neural network control, networked dynamic systems or cyberphysical systems, computer/communication/sensor networks, and control applications including diagnostics/prognostics, autonomous systems/robotics and power systems.  His received NSF Career Award in 2000, Caterpillar Research Excellence Award in 2001, Boeing Pride Achievement Award in 2007 and many others. He served as the IEEE associate editor for a number of IEEE Transactions and on organizing committees of IEEE conferences.  He is currently series co-editor of IET book series on Control. 
  Dr. Don Wunsch, Electrical & Computer Engineering - Dr. Donald Wunsch is the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of ECE at MS&T, where he has been since 1999. He also has courtesy appointments in Computer Science, Systems Engineering, and Business Administration, and is director of the Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory. His prior positions were Associate Professor at Texas Tech University, Senior Principal Scientist at Boeing, Consultant for Rockwell International, and Technician for International Laser Systems. His education includes an Executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle), the M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the same institution, the B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico, and he also completed a Humanities Honors Program at Seattle University. He has over 250 publications in his research field of computational intelligence, and has attracted over $5 million in research funding. He has produced seven Ph.D.'s in Electrical Engineering, four in Computer Engineering, and one in Computer Science. He is an IEEE Fellow, a recipient of the Halliburton Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He served as a Board member of the International Neural Networks Society, the University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium, the Idaho EPSCOR Project Advisory Board, and the IEEE Neural Networks Council. He also served as Technical Program Co-Chair for IJCNN 02, General Chair for IJCNN 03, and President of the International Neural Networks Society. His research interests are in neural networks, and their applications in: reinforcement learning, approximate dynamic programming, the game of Go, financial engineering, graph theory, risk assessment, representation of knowledge and uncertainty, collective robotics, computer security, critical infrastructure protection, biomedical applications of computational intelligence, telecommunications, and smart sensor networks. 
  Dr. Mariesa Crow, Electrical & Computer Engineering - Dr. Mariesa Louise Crow is the Dean, School of Materials, Energy and Earth Resources. Her area of professional interest is bulk power transmission systems analysis and security. She is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs in the School of Engineering from 2000-2003 before accepting her current position. She has authored a book, over 100 articles, and has participated in research projects totaling over $8 million in the past 10 years. She served as Vice President for Education and Industry Relations of the IEEE/PES Society from 2002-2004. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri. 
Research Investigators
  Dr. K. Chandrashekhara, MAE - Dr. K. Chandrashekhara is a Curators' Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T and the Director of the Composite Manufacturing Laboratory.  His research areas are Composites, Biomaterials, and Finite Element Analysis.  He has performed research for Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Department of Commerce, Air Force Research Laboratory, Nationall Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and several industries.  He has published over 200 technical papers including over 75 journal articles.  He is the co-author of a leading textbook on composite materials and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy.  He has received several Missouri S&T Faculty Excellence Awards and the recipient of the Academy of Mechanical Engineers Research Excellence Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 
  Dr. Xiaoping Du, MAE - Title: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Research and Teaching Are: Design and Manufacturing. Dr. Du is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri S&T. Dr. Du received Ph.D.s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 and from the Southwest Petroleum Institute in 1995. Dr. Du’s research interests include probablistic/statistic methods in engineering design, reliability-based design, robust design, and design of experiments, model validation, design optimization and multidisciplinary design optimization, mechanism analysis and synthesis, and petroleum machinery. 
Dr. Mehdi Ferdowsi received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, USA in 2004. In August 2004 he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR), where he is currently an assistant professor. He has more than 25 publications in the areas of multi-input converters, multi-level converters, battery charge equalization techniques, hybrid vehicles, and digital control. His current research is focused on integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with electric power grid, while they both share the same energy storage system, under a current NSF CAREER grant titled "Vehicle Fleet as a Distributed Energy Storage System for the Power Grid". Dr. Ferdowsi has received UMR Outstanding Teaching Award in the 2005-2006 academic year. Dr. Ferdowsi is a member of IEEE and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 
  Dr. Robert Landers, MAE - Dr. Landers is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He received his B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1990, M.E. degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1997, all in Mechanical Engineering. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of modeling, analysis, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes (metal cutting, friction stir welding, laser metal deposition, and freeze extrusion fabrication), control of alternative energy systems (hydrogen fuel cells and advanced batteries) and electro–hydraulic systems, and digital control applications. He has over one hundred twenty refereed technical publications, including fifty–two journal articles and five book chapters, and has been the principle investigator for more than $2.5M in funding from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Air Force Research Laboratory, US Department of Education, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Missouri Research Board, and various companies. He received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ M. Eugene Merchant Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2004 and nine faculty research and teaching excellence awards from Missouri S&T, is a member of ASEE and ASME, and a senior member of IEEE and SME. He is currently an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, and served in that role for the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology from 2006–2012 and the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control from 2009–2012. 
  Dr. Xiaoqing Frank Liu, Computer Science - Dr. Xiaoqing (Frank) Liu is an associate professor and the director of software engineering laboratory in the Computer Science Department at Missouri S&T. He graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University at College Station in 1995. His research interests are in software engineering, fuzzy logic, collaborative and integrated manufacturing, and software engineering application in power systems. He has published about forty referred journal and conference papers in the above areas. 
  Dr. Sanjay Madria, Computer Science - Sanjay Kumar Madria received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1995. He is a Professor, Department of Computer Science, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly, University of Missouri-Rolla), USA and Site Director, NSF Industry/University Center on Net-centric System Software. Earlier he was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. He has published more than 180 Journal and conference papers in the areas of mobile computing, sensor networks, security, XML, etc. He co-authored a book entitled "Web Data Management: A Warehouse Approach" published by Springer-verlag. He guest edited WWW Journal, several Data and Knowledge Engineering Sp. Issues on Web data management and Data warehousing. He was founding Program Chair for EC&WEB conferences held in UK and Germany. He served as a general co-chair of Mobile Data Management conference in 2010 and Symposium on Reliability in Distributed Systems in 2012. He was PC Chair of Secure and Reliable Mobile workshop held in New Orleans, Oct. 2001. He is workshop organizer of IEEE International Workshop on P2P Data Management, Security and Trust since 2003. He is serving as PC member of various database conferences such as VLDB, MDM, CIKM and reviewer for many reputed database journals such as IEEE TKDE, IEEE Computer, ACM Internet Computing, IEEE TMC etc. Dr. Madria has given tutorials on mobile databases and XML Change Management in many international conferences. He is regular invited panelist in NSF, NSERC (Canada), Hong Kong Research Council and Sweden Council of Research. He has served as invited/keynote speakers in conferences. He received UMR faculty excellence award in 2007, 2009 and 2011, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science invitational fellowship in 2006, and Air Force Research Lab's visiting faculty fellowship from 2008 to 2012. His research is supported by multiple grants from NSF, DOE, NIST, AFRL, ARL, UM research board and from industries such as Boeing. He is IEEE Senior Member and also a speaker under IEEE and ACM Distinguished Visitor program. 
  Dr. Anthony Okafor, MAE - Dr. Okafor is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri S&T. Dr. Okafor received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics with Major in Manufacturing and Minor in Analytical Mechanics from Michigan Technological University in 1986. He also received an MS degree in Production Management and Manufacturing Technology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1982, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Machine Tool Design and Production from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1980. His teaching and research interests are in Manufacturing including intelligent machining, high speed machining, machine tool dynamics and metrology, sensors and signal processing, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and neural network applications; Smart Structures including Structural Health Monitoring and Non-Destructive Testing & Evaluation. His current research is in Advanced NDE Development for Bonded Repair of Aging Aircraft, Multi-Modal NDE Development for Corrosion Detection and Analysis; and high speed machining of monolithic thin-walled titanium aerospace components. 
  Dr. Sahra Sedigh, Electrical & Computer Engineering - Dr. Sedigh received the B.S. degree from Sharif University of Technology and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, all in electrical engineering. She is currently an assistant professor with the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Information Science and Technology at Missouri S&T. She worked for Cisco Systems from May 1997 to May 2000. Dr. Sedigh held a Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship from 1996 to 2000, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE, ACM, and ASEE. Her research interests include software quality, intelligent infrastructures, and safety-critical software. 
  Dr. Daniel Tauritz, Computer ScienceDr. Daniel Tauritz, Computer Science – Dr. Daniel R. Tauritz is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Missouri S&T, Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Director of the Natural Computation Laboratory (, Research Investigator in the Intelligent Systems Center and an Investigator in the Energy Research & Development Center.  He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Leiden University in 2002.  His primary research interest is in Evolutionary computing, both the design of novel types of Evolutionary Algorithms and their application to real-world problem solving in areas such as Cyber Security (intrusion/malware detection, situational awareness in computer networks), Critical Infrastructure Protection (coevolutionary armsraces for hardening electric power transmission systems), and Automated Software Engineering (automated software testing & correction).  His long-term research goal is to create self-configuring, dynamic Evolutionary Algorithms which require no parameter tuning by users and whose parameters dynamically adapt during problem solving. Such structures have the potential to autonomously regulate population dynamics via emergent behavior rather than the centralized control structures traditionally employed by Evolutionary Algorithms. 
  Dr. Hai-Lung Tsai, MAE - Dr. Tsai received his Ph.D. degree in 1984 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. After working with General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Michigan, in 1986 he joined the University of Missouri–Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Laser‒Based Manufacturing Laboratory. Dr. Tsai has authored or co-authored of 230 referred papers including 111 journal articles and 119 conference papers, 4 book chapters, and 7 patents. He has given numerous seminars/talks in national/international conferences, universities, and industry. Dr. Tsai, a Fellow of ASME, is the recipient of many professional awards/honors, including the Missouri S&T Faculty Research Award (2011); ISC Distinguished Investigator Award (2010); AWS Adams Memorial Membership Award (2010); Missouri S&T Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence (2010); UMR Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence (1989, 1998, 2007); ASME/HP Best Paper Award (2008); MCASTA Distinguished Scholar Award (2005); UMR AMAE Faculty Excellence Award (1999); AFS Best Paper Award (1992, 1996, 1997); ASM Marcus A. Grossmann Young Author Award (1995); UMR Outstanding Teaching Award (1990); Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Teacher of the Year (1990); USAF/UES Summer Fellow (1990) and NSF Research Initiation Award (1988). He is the recipient of Changjiang Distinguished Chair Professorship at Beijing Institute of Technology from the Ministry of Education, China (2008). His current research interest includes welding and joining, laser small‒hole drilling, laser micromachining of functional micro‒devices, fabrication of nanoparticles and nanostructures for SERS, and multiscale multiphysics modeling. 
  Dr. Zheng received a B.S. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in 1987, and the M.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1989, both in electrical engineering. She received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2002. She was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow from Jan. 2003 to April, 2005 at University of Missouri-Columbia. Currently, she is an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T. Her research interests include array signal processing, wireless communications, and wireless sensor networks. She has served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for several IEEE International Conferences. She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. 
Associate Investigators
  Dr. Venkat Allada is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and a Professor in the Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, Missouri. He got his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. He joined Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty in 1994. His teaching and research interests include intelligent design and manufacturing, product platforms, sustainable product engineering, design for reuse, remanufacturing, and recycle, and lean enterprise systems. His work has been funded by several agencies and companies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Lucent Technologies, AT&T, Halliburton, Ford Motor Company, Missouri Enterprise, and Boeing. He served as a Boeing A. D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow at Boeing facilities in 2001. He is recipient of the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Outstanding New Faculty award from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and numerous Faculty Excellence Awards at Missouri S&T. He has more than 100 published journal and conference articles including a Best Paper Award at the 2000 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International DETC- Design for Manufacturing Conference. 
Dr. Douglas Bristow, MAE is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Bristow's research interests are in precision motion control for micro- and nano-positioning systems, scanning probe microscopy, solid freeform fabrication, iterative learning control, robust control, dynamic modeling, and signal processing. 
  Dr.Sriram ChellappanSriram Chellappan is an Assistant Professor in The Dept. of Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he directs the SCoRe (Social Computing Research) Group. His research is supported by grants from National Science Foundation, Dept. of Education, Army Research Office, DARPA and Missouri Research Board. He received the PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from The Ohio-State University in 2007. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2013. 
  Dr. Maggie Cheng is an Associate Professor of Computer Science. She received a Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities. Dr. Cheng's research interests are in the area of computer networks. Her primary interests include to find optimal ways for routing, scheduling and resource allocation in the Internet and wireless networks using combinatorial optimization and convex optimization techniques, and to detect and locate anomalies in communication networks and complex cyber physical systems using statistical inference approaches. 
  Dr. Steven M. Corns is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2008. Dr. Corns has been the university research lead for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Virtual Forward Operating Base project, contributing to the development of the model-based
solution approaches and the introduction of heuristic solvers. He is also currently leading the biomedical challenge team and serves as a member of the INCOSE Model-Based Systems Engineering leadership team. In this capacity he has worked with a team of INCOSE professionals in the development of a general framework for the design, approval, and fielding of medical devices in an effort to streamline the time to market these products. Dr Corns research interest include evolutionary computation applications, the mechanics of information transfer in evolutionary algorithms, and model based approaches for complex systems design and analysis. 
Dr. Sajal Das - Dr. Sajal K. Das is the Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair Professor and also the Chair of Computer Science Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla. Until August 2013 he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering  and also the founding director of Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMan) at the University of Texas at Arlington. During 2008-2011, he was a Program Director at the US National Science Foundation in the Computer Networks and Systems Division. In 2012 he was selected as the E.T.S. Walton Fellow by the Science Foundation of Ireland. Dr. Das has been a Visiting Professor at IIT-Kanpur, India, Honorary Professor of Fudan University in Shanghai and International Advisory Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University, China, and Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Infocomm Research, Singapore. He is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences. 
Dr. Jie Gao is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Missouri S&T. Dr. Gao received her Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Columbia University in 2012. Dr. Gao's research interests include: light-matter interactions in nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials; nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing of optical devices; optical sensors; quantum communication and quantum information processing; solar energy harvesting and light emitting devices. Details about her current research and contact information can be found at 
Dr. Abhijit Gosavi obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1999, an M. Tech in Mech. Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1995, and BS in Mech. Engineering from the Jadavpur University in 1992. His research interests are in simulation-based optimization, Markov control, and applications in production and service systems. He has published 20 articles in national and international journals, and his research has been supported by CSU-Pueblo Research Foundation, the University of Missouri Research Board, Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. 
Dr. Wei Jiang-is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science of Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received the Bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in 2002. He received the Master's degree in Computer Science and the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in 2004 and 2008 respectively. His research interests include privacy-preserving data mining, data integration, privacy issues in federated search environment, text sanitization, and applied cryptography.  
Dr. Jonathan Kimball-Dr. Kimball received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007.  He has been an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering since January 2008.  He also has approximately ten years of industry experience prior to his PhD, including co-founding SmartSpark Energy Systems (now SolarBridge Technologies).  His current research in the power electronics field focuses on power conversion for renewable energy resources, particularly solar and hydrokinetic, and microgrid stability.  Dr. Kimball is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. 
Dr. Edward Kinzel Dr. Edward Kinzel is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering.  He received his BSME, MSME and PhD degrees from Purdue University.  Prior to joining Missouri S&T he was a postdoc in the Infrared Systems Laboratory at UCF:CREOL and UNCC.  Dr. Kinzel’s research focuses on using RF concepts such as antennas and Frequency Selective Surfaces to engineer the light-material interactions at infrared/optical wavelengths as well as manufacturing and characterizing these systems. This research is applied to problems such as micro/nanofabrication, sensing, data-storage, energy-harvesting, imaging/signature control, and radiative heat-transfer/photon management. 
 Dr.Dan Lin Dr.Dan Lin-is an assistant professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received the PhD degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore in 2007, and was a post doctoral research associate at Purdue University for two years. Her main research interests cover many areas in the fields of database systems, information security, cloud computing, and vehicular ad-hoc networks. 
Dr. Suzanna Long - Dr. Suzanna Long is Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her research interests are in critical infrastructures management (especially transportation/supply chain-logistics management and energy systems management, including organizational planning and effectiveness). Her research projects frequently include a policy or stakeholder engagement component and integrate a mixed methods approach as part of the overall sociotechnical systems analysis. Dr. Long is a strong proponent of the value of diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and feel strong that teams of this type generate the most innovative solutions. She has won numerous national and international awards and has more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings. 
Dr. Heng Pan is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T. He received his Ph.D degree from Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC-Berkeley at 2009. Dr. Pan’s research interests include additive manufacturing, electronics and photonics manufacturing, thermal/laser assisted manufacturing, laser annealing and crystallization, high-throughput and low cost micro/nano-manufacturing, solution processing of nanomaterials, molecular dynamics simulation, transport phenomena in nanomanufacturing processes. 
  Dr. Ruwen Qin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. and B.S. degrees both from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Her primary research interests are real options, financial engineering, game theory, operations research, and their applications on manufacturing & service operations management, workforce engineering, and risk management. She is a member of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences). 


Dr. Pourya Shamsi - Dr. Shamsi earned his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2007, and the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His research interests include but are not limited to micro-grids, distributed generation, reliability, modeling, VHF UHF SHF switching converters, and motor drives. He has six years of industrial experience. 
Dr. Xiaodong Yang, MAE - Dr. Xiaodong Yang is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Missouri S&T. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2009. Dr. Yang's research interests include: optical materials and devices in nanophotonics and plasmonics; physics and applications of optical metamaterials; nanoscale optomechanics, optical nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS); integrated optofluidic devices and optical sensors; photon management for solar energy harvesting; optical device micro-/nano-fabrication. Details about his current research and contact information can be found at
Dr. Zhaozheng Yin is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Yin’s research interests are in the fields of computer vision and biomedical image processing. In particular, he has been working on segmenting, detecting, tracking and recognizing objects in natural and biomedical imagery, with applications in video scene understanding and biomedical discovery.
Dr. Tansel Yucelen, MAE-Dr. Yucelen is an Assistant Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2012. Prior to joining the Missouri University of Science and Technology, he was a Research Faculty in the School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.   

Since August 2013, he is also the Director of Advanced Systems Research Laboratory, where his group is focused on the creation of new information, control and decision algorithms that reveal systems such as highly capable autonomous vehicles and networked multivehicle systems. These systems are envisioned to elevate our society as well as to perform safety-critical operations with more autonomous robots and less humans. His group place a strong emphasis both on theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. The aim of Advanced Systems Research Laboratory is to be recognized as one of the top research laboratories on dynamical systems and controls in the nation by significantly advancing the knowledge and training science-based engineers and professionals to shape the future of our society. 

Maciej J. Zawodniok graduated from the Silesian University of Technology with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 1999 and received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2006. Since 2008, he is at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where currently he is an Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering and Assistant Director of NSF I/UCRC on Intelligent Maintenance Systems. Dr. Zawodniok's research focuses on adaptive and energy-efficient protocols for wireless networks, network-centric systems, network security, cyber-physical and embedded systems with applications to manufacturing and maintenance.
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