Thursday, May 26, 2022

The College of Engineering is excited to welcome six new faculty members to the College beginning in August 2022. Each new faculty member will use their unique background and perspectives to contribute to the College of Engineering, both inside and outside of the classroom, in a meaningful way. Please join us in welcoming the following new faculty members:

 

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Sarah Gerard

Assistant Professor 
Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Gerard completed her PhD in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa. She did postdoctoral fellowships at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the University of Iowa. Her research lies at the intersection of medical imaging and artificial intelligence; developing deep learning algorithms to automatically understand complex patterns in large datasets of pulmonary images; and improving understanding of lung disease susceptibility and progression. Lab: https://gerard.lab.uiowa.edu/

 

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Jacob Herrmann

Assistant Professor 
Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Herrmann graduated with an MS from Boston University and a PhD from the University of Iowa. He co-founded a medical device startup and constructed a ventilator prototype, then transitioned to a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University.  He later returned to Iowa to continue postdoctoral work in the T32 Lung Imaging Training Program.  Herrmann's research interests surround the multiscale dynamics of the lungs that drive lung injury and disease progression. Lab: https://herrmann.lab.uiowa.edu/

 

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Kishlay Jha

Assistant Professor 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jha recently received his PhD in computer science from the University of Virginia. His research interests are broadly in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence with a focus on data mining and machine learning.

 

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Matthew McGill

Professor 
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

McGill received his PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. His research focuses include lidar remote sensing, Doppler lidar, radiative transfer, atmospheric physics, atmospheric dynamics, interferometry, and instrument development.

 

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Xuan Mu

Assistant Professor 
Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Mu received BS and PhD degrees in applied chemistry from the East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai). Before joining the University of Iowa (UI), he worked at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (Beijing), Peking Union Medical College (Beijing), Tufts University, and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. At UI, Mu leads a team to exploit bioinspired principles, proteinaceous biopolymers, and bioengineering approaches to help tackle respiratory diseases for the benefit of patients. Lab: mu.lab.uiowa.edu 

 

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Philip Thompson

Associate Professor of Practice 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thompson received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. During his career, Thompson has worked at Hewlett Packard, Rockwell, Conexant, and Skyworks Solutions supporting the manufacturing of RF Test and Measurement Equipment, leading the design of RF Integrated Circuits and Modules, and serving as a technical director. He began teaching at the University of Iowa in 2016 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an adjunct professor. During this time, he also worked with local Skyworks Solutions (Cedar Rapids) and Qorvo (Hiawatha) Design Centers to facilitate the donation of the test equipment that has enabled the RF Electronics Lab in SC 2251.