New Appointments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science

 Link Hall

July 24, 2017

It is our pleasure to announce the following appointments in Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Young Moon PortraitMoon Named Chair of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Young B. Moon has been serving as the interim chair of the department since February of 2016. In addition to being named chair, he has been appointed as the William J. Smith Endowed Professor in Manufacturing Enterprises. Moon’s endowed professorship is funded by the late William J. Smith ’50. Smith was an emeritus trustee and visiting professor for the University.

A Fulbright Scholar, Moon has been a professor at Syracuse University for more than 28 years. His research involves using modeling and simulation methods to develop effective and innovative solutions to complex systems problems such as cybermanufacturing systems, new product development processes, enterprise systems, and sustainable manufacturing.

Jae Oh PortraitOh Named Chair of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Jae C. Oh is an expert researcher, focusing on multi-agent systems, swarm robotics, big-data visualizations, game theory, and social network analysis. He has served the Department of Engineering and Computer Science for the past 17 years. He has also been promoted to a full professor.

Julie Hasenwinkel PortraitHasenwinkel Named Senior Associate Dean
Julie M. Hasenwinkel has served as the associate dean of student affairs and academic affairs for nearly five years and has been a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering for more than 17. In addition to teaching and providing leadership for the student success, career services, student records, and admissions departments, she leads her research lab in studying translational polymeric biomaterials for applications in orthopedics and nerve regeneration.

In her new role, Hasenwinkel will continue her leadership of student and academic affairs and will expand her responsibilities to serve as the senior administrator to the dean and representing the college across campus.

Riyad AboutahaAboutaha Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Space Management
Riyad S. Aboutaha teaches structural concrete analysis and design, and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure. He has experience directing educational workshops for the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation on bridge rehabilitation. His research focuses on the rehabilitation of concrete bridges, durability of bridge decks, and investigation of structural failures. He has been with Syracuse University for nearly 20 years.

Aboutaha assumes responsibilities formerly held by Can Isik, overseeing space and shops, as well as accreditation (ABET and Middle States), program review, college committees for academic integrity, academic affairs and graduation and serve as the college representative to the University Curriculum committee. He also joins the college leadership team.

Isik will continue to serve as ABET lead for the college throughout the completion of the ABET visit and review.

Dacheng Ren portraitRen Named Stevenson Endowed Professor
Dacheng Ren has been with the college for 11 years and became a full professor in 2016. He is currently serving as the interim director of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute. In his Biofilm Engineering Lab, Ren and his team study the mechanisms of biofilm-associated resistance to antimicrobials, engineer smart surfaces and biomaterials to control microbial biofilm formation, and develop new strategies and inhibitors to kill biofilm and dormant bacterial cells more effectively.

The Stevenson Endowed Professorship was established thanks to the generous support of Life Trustee Ann M. Stevenson ’52 and the late Trustee Emeritus Milton F. Stevenson III ’53.

M. Cenk Gursoy portraitGursoy Promoted to Full Professor
M. Cenk Gursoy teaches communication-related courses, specifically communication systems, digital communications, and wireless communications. His current research focuses on wireless networks, optimal resource allocation, and performance optimization. In his lab, his team is working on 5G wireless designs, millimeter wave communications, energy harvesting and wireless-powered networks, low-latency communications, and multimedia over wireless networks. He has been with the college since 2011.

Jian Tang portraitTang Promoted to Full Professor
Jian Tang teaches courses in data networks and cloud computing, and his research focuses on big data, cloud computing, deep learning, wireless networking and mobile computing. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2010.

Jesse Bond portraitBond Named Gustav A. Mezger Professor in Engineering, Promoted
Jesse Q. Bond teaches courses in kinetics and reaction engineering, and biofuels and energy/industrial sustainability. In his research, he investigates the science of catalytic chemistry with an applied focus on upgrading nonconventional resources to produce a suite of fuels and chemicals. Bond has also been promoted to associate professor and received tenure. He has been with the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering since 2011.

His professorship is part of a broader endowment established by Gustav A. Mezger, a donor who was firmly committed to engineering education and students.

Shalabh Maroo portraitMaroo Promoted to Associate Professor, Granted Tenure
In his research, Shalabh C. Maroo performs molecular and continuum simulations, and conducts nano/microscale fabrication and experiments in heat transfer, transport phenomena, desalination, optics, and bioengineering. He teaches courses on the fundamentals of heat transfer and nanoscience, and nanoengineering. He joined the college in 2011.

DiRubbo Appointed Director of Online Learning
Rick DiRubbo joins the college from the Graduate Programs Office of the Whitman School of Management, where he has worked on online and residential graduate programs since 2001. DiRubbo was instrumental in the successful relaunch and development of Whitman’s online business programs: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]

Murphy Appointed Director of Budget, Administration & Business Analytics
Mary K. Murphy G’ 05 joins the college from SUNY Cortland, where she served as the associate vice president for finance. She has extensive experience working in higher education and more than 24 years of managerial and leadership experience.

As a member of the College’s senior management team, Murphy will work closely with the leadership to set financial and budgetary priorities. She will assist in the development of the policies and procedures to maximize the expenditure management and revenue objectives. Additionally, Murphy will oversee employment, compensation, appointment letters, and employee relations for the college.