Endowed Faculty

 

Endowed Distinguished Chairs

  The Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, Frederick R. Chang, Professor

The Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security will give me the opportunity to begin transitioning a fundamentally strong cyber-security program into one that has the goal of attaining national prominence. For our first research project working with faculty and students, we will be developing techniques and technologies that improve cyber defense and cyber-mission planning on mission-critical networks.
  Founding Director of The Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and Caruth Professor of Engineering Education, Delores Etter

My roles as the Founding Director of the Caruth Institute and Professor of Engineering Education have allowed me to build a visionary team to create programs at local and national levels to help encourage more young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Over the next year, my research team will look primarily at iris recognition, at applications that could be used to reduce identity theft, and at ways to allow iris recognition from mobile devices.

 

Endowed Chairs

   The George R. Brown Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Volkan Otugen, Senior Associate Dean and Professor

The George R. Brown Chair in Mechanical Engineering has allowed me to pursue basic research to develop the world’s smallest and most sensitive electric-field sensor, which has potential applications in areas ranging from national defense to neuroscience. During the coming year, my research team will focus on developing micro-photonic sensors to detect neuronal activity. Our long-term goal is to replace current state-of-the-art, in-brain, activity-monitoring technology that relies on metallic or semiconductor electrodes with fiber-optic sensors, which are biologically and mechanically compatible with brain tissue and can be implanted for long-term use.
  The Herman Brown Chair in Engineering, Radovan Kovacevic, Professor

The Herman Brown Chair in Mechanical Engineering has provided me with the opportunity to develop and grow my research. Without this endowment, I would not be in the position to operate a state-of-the-art research facility in Advanced Manufacturing processes, which is critical to American competiveness in the field of manufacturing. Over the next year, I will continue many collaborative efforts with industry partners, as well as government entities. Our research will remain focused on areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedical Technologies, and Robotics, while we continue to educate and prepare engineering students for careers in the manufacturing industry.
  Cecil and Ida Green Chair of Engineering, W. Milton Gosney, Professor

The Cecil and Ida Green Chair of Engineering has allowed me the opportunity to work closely with many students on a variety of energy projects, spanning from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. My graduate students and I are presently working on projects in power electronics, which will minimize power loss and maximize the efficiency of conversion, thereby creating the next generation of power-efficient consumer electronics.
  Cecil H. Green Chair of Engineering, Stephen Szygenda, Professor

The Cecil H. Green Chair in Engineering has enabled me to continue and build a strong research team in areas that otherwise would be unattainable. In the past few years, a new research area has evolved, namely Big Data, and the problems associated with the explosion of data being added and transferred over the Internet. This is particularly acute and important in the areas of safety, finance, and medical, as well as many other fields. In particular, we are studying how massive quantities of data are stored, searched, transmitted, and used.
 

Endowed Professors

The Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Professor of Engineering Innovation, Marc P. Christensen, Dean and Professor

The Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Professorship of Engineering Innovation has allowed me to focus on developing a culture of innovation for our students, both undergraduate and graduate. It has helped me examine the tolerance of failure in an educational setting and be an active voice in defining the future of higher education. Over the next year, my focus will be on working with the talented faculty and staff of our Innovation Gymnasium to develop and refine a process for multi-organizational, collaborative innovation. This process will soon be applied in a variety of sectors, accelerating technical accomplishments and rising above setbacks in fields plagued by stagnation.

Brown Foundation, Inc. Professor of Engineering, Tindaro Ioppolo, Assistant Professor

The Brown Foundation, Inc. Professor of Engineering has allowed me to establish the Microsystems Research Laboratory and carry out cutting-edge research to develop a portable device for the detection of hazardous contaminants in water. Over the next year, my team will focus on developing novel-sensor systems for the detection of hazardous materials in water and air, such as biological, nuclear, and chemical. The long-term goal of this research is to advance the current state of sensing technology. Additionally, the research team will continue working on the development of exotic meta-materials, with the goal of developing acoustic and elastic cloaking. One example is the development of an anti-earthquake cloak.

The Robert C. Womack Endowed Chair in Engineering, Edmond Richer, Associate Professor

The Robert C. Womack Endowed Chair in Engineering has allowed me the ability to establish a Biomedical Instrumentation and Robotics Laboratory and equip it with state-of-the-art research instruments. Over the next year, I will continue my research in developing a pneumatic orthotic device for pathological tremor suppression, as well as other research surrounding personalized intelligent systems for traumatic brain injury detection.
  J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Professorship, Joseph Camp, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

The J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professorship position has allowed me to purchase 14 WARP Boards, an FPGA-based platform which was developed while I was part of a graduate student team at Rice University. This year, I will focus on a new collaboration with Princeton University via a recently funded NSF grant, as well as three NSF grants which deal with large-scale wireless channel emulation, context-aware wireless protocols, and the leveraging of worldwide Android measurements for improved link and network performance.
  J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Professorship, Andrew Quicksall, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professorship has enabled me to launch an integrated field- and laboratory-based research group to focus on water quality. The group’s work has spanned optimizing processes for removal of pharmaceuticals in Dallas drinking water to identifying contaminants in refugee-camp drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa. This year, my group will return to multiple refugee camps in Uganda, Bangladesh, and Djibouti. We will be able to install pilot remediation solutions to iron and fluoride, lead, and vanadium contamination problems, respectively. Once remediation solutions are put in place in these areas, we will be able to track efficacy over the year.