MAE hires a record number of new faculty

Posted: August 30, 2022
Group photo of new faculty
The 11 new faculty stand for a group photo in the Scott Lab walkway. (From left to right: Sarah Wolff, Calvin Stewart, Debdipta Goswami, Praneeth Kandlakunta, Isaac Hong, Matthew McCrink, Daniel Wisniewski, Michael Handschuh, and Shang Zhai. Qadeer Ahmed not photographed.)

Eleven new faculty members start their careers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the 2022-2023 academic year.  This record number of hires in our department rivals the number of new faculty at other colleges across the US and includes 5 new tenure track faculty, 5 research faculty, and 1 faculty of practice.

The addition of these faculty works to bolster the initiative of University President Kristina Johnson to focus on the university’s future, pursuing an ambitious agenda to double sponsored research expenditures and hire a minimum of 350 new tenure track faculty.

The faculty will contribute greatly to the growth of the department and College of Engineering as a whole.

“I am thrilled to welcome this talented group of new faculty to the Department of Mechanical of Aerospace Engineering,” Rob Siston, Interim Department Chair, said. “They will enhance our research abilities and mentor graduate students in making new discoveries in the core areas of the department: mobility, manufacturing, medicine, materials, and energy. They will teach courses in areas like additive manufacturing, product design, and controls, just to name a few, to prepare students for the in-demand jobs of the 21st century.”

Read a spotlight on each of them: 

Qadeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor

Matilde D’Arpino, Assistant Research Professor

Debdipta Goswami, Assistant Professor

Michael Handschuh, Assistant Research Professor

Isaac Hong, Assistant Research Professor

Praneeth Kandlakunta, Assistant Research Professor

Matthew McCrink, Assistant Research Professor

Calvin Stewart, Associate Professor

Daniel Wisniewski, Assistant Professor of Practice

Sarah Wolff, Assistant Professor

Shang Zhai, Assistant Professor

We welcome these faculty and look forward to their contributions to the department, college and university as a whole.

“The College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering both prioritize building and nurturing a community and culture of humanity that reflects the values of the University,” Siston said. “We are a stronger and better department because these talented individuals joined our faculty, and I look forward to working with them to better the world around us for many years to come.”

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