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New Engineering Faculty in Nanoscience and Bioengineering

Bourns College of Engineering’s latest faculty hires boost its Nanoscience and bioengineering programs.

(October 27, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — New faculty at the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR for the 2006-2007 academic year are expected to bolster the rapidly growing Nanoscience and bioengineering fields of study.

"These outstanding faculty members, who were selected from more than 1,700 applicants, nicely compliment our existing faculty in providing excellent engineering education and research," said Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR.

Newly hired faculty who began work in September included the following in alphabetical order:

Afshin Abdollahi, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering.
Abdollahi received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Southern California, where he was a teaching assistant in advanced computer-aided design. During the summer of 2005, he worked at the Cadence Berkeley Laboratories as a member of the research staff. Abdollahi’s research specialization is in computer engineering.

Bahman Anvari, professor, Department of Bioengineering.
Anvari received his Ph.D. in 1993, from Texas A&M University and was an associate professor of bioengineering at Rice University, Houston, Tex. when he was hired by UCR. His research specializations are in biophotonics, bioinstrumentation, cellular electromechanics.

Christopher Dames, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Dames received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 where he was a recitation instructor when he was hired by UCR. His research specializations are in heat transfer and thermal properties of nanostructures.

Heejung Jung, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Jung received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Minnesota. He was a postgraduate researcher at UC Davis when he was hired by UCR. Jung’s research specializations are in nanoparticle science, combustion, emissions and after-treatment systems. He will also be a member of the faculty research team at College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Technology and Research (CE-CERT).

Sakhrat Khizroev, associate professor, Department of Electrical Engineering.
Khizroev received his Ph.D. in 1999 from Carnegie Mellon University and was an associate professor of electrical & computer engineering at Florida International University when UCR hired him. His research specializations are in nano-materials, devices and circuits.
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Heejung Jung

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Sakhrat Khizroev

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