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Meet Our New Faculty for 2018-2019

Duke Engineering is an ambitious community where the best and brightest minds are invited to devise creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. With 9 outstanding new faculty joining us in 2018-2019, we continue to add depth and breadth to our research focus areas, while enhancing teaching and mentorship for our students. Learn more about the exciting work of our newest faculty members in the profiles below.

data iconData Science, Advanced Computing & Intelligent Systems

Nathaniel Chaney

Nathaniel Chaney: Harnessing Petabytes to Better Understand the Global Water Cycle

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (August 2018)

With research focused on analyzing massive amounts of data to better understand the Earth’s hydrological cycle, Chaney looks to increase the precision of weather forecasts and improve the prediction of droughts and floods.

Jessilyn Dunn

Jessilyn Dunn: Gaining Insights from Biomedical Big Data

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics (January 2019)

With research centered on using large-scale biomedical data sets to determine positive health outcomes, Dunn will contribute to the growing focus on biomedical and health data sciences at Duke.

Maria Gorlatova

Maria Gorlatova: Creating an Intelligent Internet of Things

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (July 2018)

With both industry and academic experience making connected devices smarter, more secure and more responsive, Gorlatova adds a new and exciting dimension to Duke Engineering’s growing expertise in developing tomorrow's technologies.

Natasha Litchinitser

Natasha Litchinitser: Structuring Materials to Control Light

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (August 2018)

With a strong portfolio of past and current projects that seek to manipulate light through engineered materials, Litchinitser joins a formidable group of researchers studying metamaterials at Duke.

Rabih Younes

Rabih Younes: Integrating Machine Learning with Motion-Capturing Wearable Devices

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Electrical & Computer Engineering (July 2018)

Younes specializes in using machine learning techniques to tease out detailed information about people's activities from advanced wearable motion-capturing technologies.

systems iconResilient Systems & the Environment

Nathaniel Chaney

Nathaniel Chaney: Harnessing Petabytes to Better Understand the Global Water Cycle

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (August 2018)

With research focused on analyzing massive amounts of data to better understand the Earth's hydrological cycle, Chaney looks to increase the precision of weather forecasts and improve the prediction of droughts and floods.

materials iconMaterials Development & Discovery

Po-Chun Hsu

Po-Chun Hsu: Modeling Soft Matter with Hard Calculations

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (July 2017)

Part of a string of recent hires focusing on wearable technology, Hsu develops nanofabricated materials with tailored heat transmission properties for applications ranging from walking down the street to walking on Mars.

Natasha Litchinitser

Natasha Litchinitser: Structuring Materials to Control Light

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (August 2018)

With a strong portfolio of past and current projects that seek to manipulate light through engineered materials, Litchinitser joins a formidable group of researchers studying metamaterials at Duke.

health iconPersonal, Environmental & Population Health Design

Jessilyn Dunn

Jessilyn Dunn: Gaining Insights from Biomedical Big Data

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics (January 2019)

With research centered on using large-scale biomedical data sets to determine positive health outcomes, Dunn will contribute to the growing focus on biomedical and health data sciences at Duke.

Roarke Horstmeyer

Roarke Horstmeyer: Innovating the Future of Microscopy

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (July 2018)

Roarke Horstmeyer is interested in exploring new ways to capture and process biomedical images. He develops microscopes, cameras and computer algorithms for a wide range of applications, from forming 3D reconstructions of organisms to detecting neurons deep within tissue. His work lies at the intersection of optics, biology, signal processing and optimization.

Samira Musah

Samira Musah: Engineering Stem Cell Fate for Applications in Kidney Disease

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Dermatology and Neurology (January 2019)

With research at the intersection of stem cell biology and organ engineering, Musah will use her new role at Duke to explore how molecular signals and biophysical forces can guide organ development and treat human disease.

Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson: Creating New Opportunities through Engineering Design

Associate Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering (July 2018)

Richardson is leveraging his background in design, industry and global health to craft innovative design programs for biomedical engineering seniors, graduate students and other trainees across Duke.

New Faculty by Department

Biomedical Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

New Faculty Members from 2017-2018

New Faculty Members from 2016-2017

New Faculty Members from 2015-2016

New Faculty Members from 2014-2015