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Newly Appointed Faculty: September 2013


Catherine A. Royer
Endowed Constellation Professor in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics, Professor of Biology

Dr. Royer’s research is in the area of biophysics of regulation, protein-DNA interactions, transcriptional control, ligand binding, protein submit interactions, protein dynamics, protein folding, high pressure, fluorescence spectroscopy, microscopy, single molecular fluorescence. She received her Ph.D. (Biochemistry) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is joining us from the Centre de Biochimie Structurale, Montpellier France.

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Richard A. Gross
Professor and Constellation Chair in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Dr. Gross’s research defined the area of lipase enzymes in polymer synthesis, and shifted the paradigm for the efficient synthesis of biocompatible, functional “green” polymers. This breakthrough earned him the 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Award. He received his Ph.D. from Polytechnic Institute and is joining us from Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

See more at: http://news.rpi.edu/content/2013/06/24/biocatalyis-and-metabolic-engineering-expert-richard-gross-joins-rensselaer

His research was discussed in a recent issue of Chemical and Engineering News.


Computer Science

Heng Ji
Edward G. Hamilton Development Chair; Associate Professor of Computer Science

Heng Ji as the Edward G. Hamilton Development Chair and Tenured Associate Professor in Computer Science.  Dr. Ji’s research focuses on natural language processing, with emphasis on the design of efficient algorithms to extract knowledge and information from text, such as the unstructured text in social media as well as the more structured text in news and Wikipedia articles. Her algorithms take advantage of correlation of text across documents of all types to extract information on a massive scale from a variety of sources in the web.  Heng earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and is joining us from CUNY.

Stacey Patterson
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Stacy Patterson is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Computer Science. Dr. Patterson’s research focuses on the theoretical foundations of dynamic distributed computation and networks, cooperative control and signal processing. She then applies her techniques across a range of applications, from leveraging the distributed dynamic sensors embedded in motor vehicles to imperfect distributed environmental monitoring networks. Stacy earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Lirong Xia
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Xia’s research isin the areas of artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, decision-making under uncertainty, algorithm design, social choice theory, game theory, mechanism design, and prediction markets. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University and is joining us from the Harvard University, Center for Research on Computation and Society.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Karyn L. Rogers
Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Rogers’ research is in the area of geochemical modeling to evaluate waer-rock-mecrobial interactions; potential for life on Mars; microbial metabolic diversity in modern and ancient hydrothermal systems; exploration of the extremes of microbial activity at elevated temperatures and pressures.  She received her Ph.D. from Washington University and is joining us from the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Mathematical Sciences

William D. Henshaw
Margaret A. Darrin Distinguished Professor in Applied Mathematics with Tenure

His research is in the area of applied and computational mathematics: numerical analysis, software design and development, and numerical solution of PDEs that arise in applications. High order, adaptive and parallel numerical methods for PDEs on overlapping grids; Object-oriented software for PDEs in complex, moving, and deforming geometry; Incompressible, compressible, multi-material, reactive flow; Wave propagation, solid mechanics and electromagnetics; Fluid structure interactions. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and is joining us from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Humberto Terrones
Rayleigh Endowed Chair in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics; Professor of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy

Humberto Terrones is the Rayleigh Chair and Tenured Full Professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy.  Dr. Terrones’ research focuses on the physics and chemistry of nanostructures, in particular, carbon-based nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.  Recently, he has been focusing on other nanomaterials such as zinc oxide and chalcogenides.  He performs theoretical modeling of structural and electronic properties of these materials as well as experimental synthesis and characterization to validate the models.  Humberto earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of London and is joining us from Penn State University. 


Curt M. Breneman

Dean of Science (Acting)
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David L. Spooner
Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs
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Wilfredo Colón
Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education
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