All advanced engineering certificates courses are taught by UConn faculty members and leading experts, renowned for their cutting-edge work in the most current areas of engineering.
GEORGIOS BOLLAS, PhD
Dr. Bollas is an Associate Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department and also serves as the Director of the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering. Dr. Bollas is performing research related to the design, modeling, and optimization of processes that address the growing energy crisis, such as those of conventional/coal/biomass refineries and hydrogen production plants.
He is new to the program and will be teaching his second offering of SE 5101 Foundations of Physical Systems Modeling in Spring 2018.
MATTHEW STUBER, PhD
Dr. Stuber is an Associate Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. Dr. Stuber’s research focuses on theory and methods for optimization-based approaches to solving challenging problems in energy, healthcare, and food and water security.
He is new to the program and will be teaching his first offering of SE 5102 Uncertainty Analysis, Robust Design, and Optimization in Spring 2018.
JULIA VALLA, PhD
Dr. Valla is an Associate Professor at the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Prior to joining UConn, she held a leadership position at Rive Technology, Inc., for the development and commercialization of mesoporous zeolites for refinery applications. She received her BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
ALEXANDER G. AGRIOS, PhD
Dr. Agrios is an associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
He also is the Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering Research and Education. Dr. Agrios’ research focus is on Energy and environmental applications of nanotechnology, Photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion, Combined PV/thermal solar collectors and Photocatalytic pollutant remediation. Dr. Agrios will be teaching courses associate with the Certificate in Site Remediation beginning in Fall 2018.
M. AMINE DAHMANI, PhD
Dr. Dahmani is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. With over 30 years of practical experience in environmental remediation, he has worked in over 100 site investigation and remediation projects, and published a variety of conference and journal papers related to in situ chemical oxidation, air sparging and other field technologies.
MARIA CHRYSOCHOOU, PhD
Maria Chrysochoou is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Director of the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative at the University of Connecticut. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, with a focus on environmental and atmospheric physics. She continued her studies at Technische Universität Dresden in Germany and obtained a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering with focus on Waste Management and Contaminated Site Remediation. She then moved to the United States to work on her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, researching the properties and treatment of chromite ore processing residue (COPR), a hazardous waste found in numerous sites across the Northeast U.S. Dr. Chrysochoou also completed her post-doctoral studies at Stevens Institute of Technology, working on multiple projects involving COPR, lead (Pb) in U.S. Army firing ranges and soil stabilization using industrial-by products. She was hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut in 2007, promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and served as Program Director for Environmental Engineering since 2015. Dr. Chrysochoou’s general research area is environmental geochemistry, with a focus on utilizing spectroscopic techniques to investigate specification of metals on soils, mineral surfaces, industrial waste and construction materials.
FEI MIAO, PhD
Dr. Miao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and she is also affiliated with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering.
Dr. Miao’s active research projects are on Data-Driven Optimization and Control and Application to Transportation Resource Allocation, Cyber-Physical Systems Security, Safety of Autonomous Transportation Systems, Coordination of autonomous vehicles.
She is new to the program and will be teaching her first offering of SE 5301 Embedded/Networked Systems Modeling Abstractions in Spring 2018.
ALI BAZZI, PhD
Dr. Ali Bazzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Bazzi currently directs research in the areas of power electronics applications in motor drive systems, renewable energy systems (especially solar photovoltaics), and micro-grids.
Professor Bazzi’s interaction with the program began in Spring 2016 teaching courses associated with the Power Engineering Certificate program. In addition to ECE 5520 Advanced Power Electronics, he also teaches ECE 5530 Modeling and Control of Electric Drives and ECE 5540 Electrical System Protection and Switchgear.
ABHISHECK DUTTA, PhD
Dr. Dutta is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering departments.
Dr. Dutta’s research interests lie in the area of control systems and optimization with application to mechatronic systems amongst others.
Professor Dutta began teaching for the PE program in Fall 2016. He currently teaches SE 5202 Foundations of Control and SE 5103 Design Flows for Robust Design.
XINGHAO FANG, PhD
Dr. Fang has 10+ years professional experience in the electric power industry, encompassing the fields of system planning and operations. Particularly, his experience and research interests focus on power system modeling, large-scale power system simulation, power system stability and control, FACTS and HVDC modeling and applications, renewable energy interconnection.
Dr. Fang will be teaching course ECE 5510 Power System Analysis.
PENG ZHANG, PhD
Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
His research interest is in Power systems, microgrids, power distribution and power electronics.
Professor Zhang began working with the program in Spring 2016; he teaches ECE 5510 Power System Analysis and ECE 5512 Power Distribution.
JOHN LARRY FOSTER
Larry Foster is the Technical Fellow for Composite Structures at Pratt & Whitney, a position he has held since 2010. Larry is responsible for overseeing design execution and technology development for composite components across all engine products, as well as the establishment of processes for composites design, analysis, and validation. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the AIAA Structures Technical Committee, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. Mr. Foster will be teaching courses as part of the Certificate in Composites.
Steven Hayse is the Principal Technologist at GKN Aerospace, a long time aerospace industry professional with a focus on composites. He has experience in configuration, design, research, process development, manufacturing, quality, management, and leadership. Throughout his career, he has worked with multiple manufacturing processes, and multiple fiber types and resin types. From a basis of formal composites education and training, and while embracing research and innovation to establish a vision for what is possible, this industry experience allows him to have a pragmatic perspective toward the application of composites. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Buffalo, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. Steven Hayse will be teaching courses as part of the Certificate in Composites.
GREG OJARD, PhD
One of Dr. Ojard’s interests is experimental characterization of mechanical properties of advanced materials such as ceramic matrix composites and materials for extreme environments. His work focuses on developing new methods to determine key properties that cannot be determined from standard test methods. He develops approaches to utilize non-destructive methods for on-site evaluation of mechanical properties as well as the presence of defects. These are key techniques that need to be developed as materials are considered for aggressive applications such as in gas turbine engines and the next generation of space vehicles.
His association with the program goes back to 2013. Professor Ojard routinely teaches MSE 5320 Investigation of Special Topics, MSE 5364 Advanced Composites and MSE 5366 Alloy Casting Processes. He will be teaching courses in support of the Certificate in Composites.
RAJIV NAIK, PhD
Dr. Naik’s research interests include the mechanics of materials, micro-mechanics and multi-scale modeling of damage, dynamic impact and fatigue life prediction of metallic and single crystal alloys, advanced polymeric matrix (PMC), metal matrix (MMC), and ceramic matrix composites (CMC) composites, and laminated and textile (2D and 3D woven and braided) composite architectures. Dr. Naik will be teaching courses as part of the Certificate in Composites.
DIANYUN Zhang, PhD
Dr. Dianyun Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Her broad area of research interest is in experimental characterization and computational modeling of lightweight materials, including laminated composites, 3D textile composites, and oxide/oxide woven ceramic composites.
Professor Zhang began working for the PE program in Fall 2016. She teaches ME 5430 Mechanics of Composites and Laminates and ME 5895 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering.
Amy Thompson is the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering and is an Associate Professor-In-Residence of Systems Engineering at the University of Connecticut. In her systems engineering research, Dr. Thompson researches the development and application of model-based systems engineering approaches for designing complex engineered systems, manufacturing systems, and smart commercial and industrial facilities.