College of Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

September 11, 2019

The College of Engineering welcomed several new faculty members during the last few months. Keep reading to find out more about each faculty member and their research. They join the engineering community of more than 500 faculty, 300 staff and 15,000 students this fall.

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Koki Ho

Assistant Professor — Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Koki Ho does ground-breaking research at the intersection of systems engineering, systems optimization, and space. He joined the aerospace engineering faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, where he was an assistant professor and director of the Space System Optimization Laboratory. Ho’s research interests center around the development and application of mathematical theories for space mission analysis, design and optimization. His research has substantial impact on current and future space missions through the implementation of multiple missions, multiple vehicles and reusable in-space infrastructure. In a world that is increasingly looking towards Mars as a potential home, Ho’s research will become more and more vital.

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Ahmet Coskun

Assistant Professor — Walter H. Coulter School of Biomedical Engineering

Ahmet Coskun is a new assistant professor that describes himself as a systems biotechnologies and bioengineering expert. Coskun was previously an instructor at Stanford, and his research focuses on multiplex imaging and quantitative cell biology. Coskun leads the Single Cell Biotechnology Lab, which uses photons, ions and electrons to image one cell at a time in order to understand how cells are spatially organized in nature. The lab develops machine learning and deep learning algorithms to make sense of the huge amount of data they generate. This research can be applied to address challenges in cancer, immunology and pediatric diseases. 

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Ryan Sherman

Assistant Professor — School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ryan Sherman, a new assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, does research concerned with large-scale structural experimentation, structural health monitoring, sensor development, material characterization and analytical simulation. Sherman’s research has him doing large-scale laboratory testing as well as performing in-field testing and monitoring projects of steel bridge and highway structures across the United States. He comes to Georgia Tech from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Joseph Scott

Associate Professor — School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Joseph Scott, an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, focuses his research efforts on process modeling, simulation and control; dynamical systems; and optimization theory. Such research could have applications in a variety of fields, such as adsorption and membrane processes, biologics, biofuels, renewable energy systems, power grid operations and robotics. Scott previously worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Shaolan Li

Assistant Professor — School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shaolan Li holds his first professorship position as assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech. Li’s research focuses on analog, mixed-signal and RF-integrated circuits. His is an expert in the application of high-performance data converters, ultra-low-power low-cost sensor interfaces and novel analog mixed-signal architectures for design automation.

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Debankur Mukherjee

Assistant Professor — H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Debankur Mukherjee is a new assistant professor that joins the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Brown University. Mukherjee’s research focuses on applied probability and stochastic networks. His primary intention is to address theoretical challenges that arise in large-scale systems – like data centers and cloud networks – and to understand the trade-offs required in designing such systems efficiently. 

Mathieu Dahan

Assistant Professor — H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mathiew Dahan recently began his first assistant professorship with the Georgia Tech School of Industrial and Systems engineering. His research is centered around combinatorial optimization, game theory and predictive analytics. Dahan aims to develop strategies to improve the resilience of large-scale transportation and natural gas networks in the face of threats such as security attacks or natural disasters.

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Ellen Yi Chen Mazumdar

Assistant Professor — George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Ellen Yi Chen Mazumdar is a new assistant professor of mechanical engineering and now leads the Sensing Technologies Laboratory. This research group develops new sensor systems and diagnostic techniques for robotic, biomedical, combustion, fluid and hypersonic applications. The group is largely interdisciplinary and uses a variety of approaches to develop such systems. These contributions to sensing technologies can fundamentally change the fields of autonomy, control and robotics.

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Sourabh Saha

Assistant Professor — George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Sourabh Saha recently began an assistant professorship with the School of Mechanical Engineering. His research will focus on micro and nanoscale structures, and Saha hopes to apply this fundamental research to breaking down traditional engineering tradeoffs through process and system innovations. He joins Georgia Tech faculty from Lawrence Livermore National Labs.

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Ye Zhao

Assistant Professor — George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Ye Zhao joins Georgia Tech as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering after a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Zhao’s research interests center around planning, control, and decision-making algorithms of highly agile, contact-rich and human-cooperative robots. His eventual goal is to build autonomous robots that can operate alongside and support humans in complex tasks. Zhao leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Decision-Making and Autonomous Robots.

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Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena

Assistant Professor — School of Materials Science and Engineering

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena joined the faculty of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the spring of 2019. He leads the Energy Materials Lab, which researches electronic dynamics at the nanoscale in order to develop low-cost semiconductors. In particular, Correa-Baena’s research group is interested in applying their discoveries to solar cell and light-emitting diode applications.