Faculty

Master of Engineering (MENG) courses are taught by UConn faculty members and leading experts, renowned for their cutting-edge work in the most current areas of engineering.

Advanced Systems Engineering


George Bollas

GEORGE BOLLAS, PhD
Dr. Bollas is the Director of the United Technologies Corporation Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC-IASE) at the University of Connecticut. He has been working at the university since 2010 and is a Professor with the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a process design expert and winner of the prestigious NSF CAREER Award and the ACS PRF DNI Award.

Email: george.bollas@uconn.edu
Faculty webpage: https://utc-iase.uconn.edu/person/george-bollas/

amy_thompson

AMY THOMPSON, PhD
Dr. Thompson joined UConn in August 2017 as an Associate Professor-In-Residence of Systems Engineering and as the Associate Director of Academic Programs with the United Technologies Corporation Institute of Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC-IASE) at the University of Connecticut. She currently teaches model-based systems engineering and coordinates the online graduate programs in Advanced Systems Engineering for the UTC-IASE.

Email: amy.2.thompson@uconn.edu
Faculty webpage: https://utc-iase.uconn.edu/person/amy-thompson/

Civil Engineering


UConn School of Engineering, marina_astitha

MARINA ASTITHA, PHD
Dr. Astitha is Assistant Professor and Associate Head of Graduate Education and Research and has been working in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut since 2013. She has 12 years of experience in atmospheric and air quality modeling systems from regional to global scales and serves at the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association.

Email: marina.astitha@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage:https://cee.engr.uconn.edu/staff

Maria_Chrysochoou

MARIA CHRYSOCHOOU, PhD
Dr. 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 where she has been working since 2007. Her expertise is in environmental geochemistry, with a focus on utilizing spectroscopic techniques to investigate specification of metals on soils, mineral surfaces, industrial waste and construction materials.

Email: maria.chrysochoou@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage:https://cee.engr.uconn.edu/staff

 

Clinical Engineering


Ki_Chon

KI CHON, PhD
Dr. Chon is Krenicki Department Chair, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Department Chair in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He has been working at UConn since 2014. Dr. Chon is renowned in medical instrumentation, biomedical signal processing, and identification and modeling of physiological systems.

Email: ki.chon@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage:https://www.bme.uconn.edu/faculty-staff/core-faculty/

monti_escabi

MONTI ESCABI, PhD
Dr. Escabi is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He has been working at University of Connecticut since 2017 and his work has been focused on understanding the computational principles performed during natural hearing, to develop superior sound recognition technologies and treatment strategies that reverse the detrimental effects of hearing loss.

Email: escabi@engr.uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.bme.uconn.edu/faculty-staff/core-faculty/

Computer Science and Engineering


SANGUTHEVAR RAJASEKARAN

SANGUTHEVAR RAJASEKARAN, PhD
Dr. Rajasekaran is Department Head, Professor and BECAT Director in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Connecticut. A Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and UTC Chair Professor, he has been with the university for 18 years specializing in algorithms, big data analytics, bioinformatics, materials genomics and high performance computing.

Email: sanguthevar.rajasekaran@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.cse.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

Joe_Johnson

JOE JOHNSON, PhD
Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor In Residence, Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in Computing in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Connecticut. Working at the university for 3 years, he has a particular expertise in computational semantics, question-answer systems, knowledge representation and reasoning.

Email: joseph.2.johnson@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.cse.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

Data Science


SANGUTHEVAR RAJASEKARAN

SANGUTHEVAR RAJASEKARAN, PhD
Dr. Rajasekaran is Department Head, Professor and BECAT Director in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Connecticut. A Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and UTC Chair Professor, he has been with the university for 18 years specializing in algorithms, big data analytics, bioinformatics, materials genomics and high performance computing.

Email: sanguthevar.rajasekaran@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.cse.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

Joe_Johnson

JOE JOHNSON, PhD
Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor In Residence, Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in Computing in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Connecticut. Working at the university for 3 years, he has a particular expertise in computational semantics, question-answer systems, knowledge representation and reasoning.

Email: joseph.2.johnson@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.cse.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

Electrical and Computer Engineering


John_Chandy

JOHN CHANDY, PhD
Dr. Chandy is Professor and Department Head in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He has been working at the University since 2002 and is renowned in storage and network systems.

Email: john.chandy@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.ee.uconn.edu/people/faculty/faculty_alphabetical

Shengli_Zhou

SHENGLI ZHOU, PhD
Dr. Zhou is Professor and Associate Department Head in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He has been working at the University for 17 years with an expertise in communications and signal processing.

Email: shengli.zhou@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://www.ee.uconn.edu/people/faculty/faculty_alphabetical

Environmental Engineering


UConn School of Engineering, marina_astitha

MARINA ASTITHA, PHD
Dr. Astitha is Assistant Professor and Associate Head of Graduate Education and Research and has been working in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut since 2013. She has 12 years of experience in atmospheric and air quality modeling systems from regional to global scales and serves at the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association.

Email:: marina.astitha@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://cee.engr.uconn.edu/staff

Maria_Chrysochoou

MARIA CHRYSOCHOOU, PhD
Dr. 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 where she has been working since 2007. Her expertise is in environmental geochemistry, with a focus on utilizing spectroscopic techniques to investigate specification of metals on soils, mineral surfaces, industrial waste and construction materials.

Email: maria.chrysochoou@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://cee.engr.uconn.edu/staff

Manufacturing Engineering


Horea_Ilies

HOREA ILIES, PhD
Dr. Ilies is Professor and Department Head in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has been working at the University of Connecticut since 2004 and has several years of industry experience with Ford Motor Company in research, manufacturing, and product design with development activities.

Email: horea.ilies@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://me.engr.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

David_Pierce

DAVID PIERCE, PhD
Dr. Pierce is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has been working at the University of Connecticut since 2013 and is renowned for this recent work with several new 3-D, large strain constitutive models for articular cartilage, facilitating FE simulation of sample/patient-specific cartilage deformation, fiber network response and fluid permeation.

Email: david.pierce@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://me.engr.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

Materials Science and Engineering


Bryan_Huey

BRYAN HUEY, PhD
Dr. Huey is a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Department Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department. He has been working at the University of Connecticut since 2004 and is renowned for his work in Scanning Probe Microscopy, Photovoltaics, Data Storage Dynamics, Nano-Bio-Mechanics, and Functional Ceramics.

Email: bryan.huey@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://mse.engr.uconn.edu/faculty

UConn Master of Engineering Degree Faculty: Professor Rossetti

GEORGE ROSSETTI, PhD
Dr. Rossetti is Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. He has been working at the University of Connecticut for over 14 years and has an expertise in thermodynamics, crystallography, and structure-property relations in functional ceramics and their applications in sensing, actuation, and energy transduction, harvesting, and storage.

Email: george.rossetti_jr@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://mse.engr.uconn.edu/faculty

Mechanical Engineering


Horea_Ilies

HOREA ILIES, PhD
Dr. Ilies is Professor and Department Head in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has been working at the University of Connecticut since 2004 and has several years of industry experience with Ford Motor Company in research, manufacturing, and product design with development activities.

Email: horea.ilies@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://me.engr.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

David_Pierce

DAVID PIERCE, PhD
Dr. Pierce is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has been working at the University of Connecticut since 2013 and is renowned for this recent work with several new 3-D, large strain constitutive models for articular cartilage, facilitating FE simulation of sample/patient-specific cartilage deformation, fiber network response and fluid permeation.

Email: david.pierce@uconn.edu

Faculty webpage: https://me.engr.uconn.edu/people/faculty/

UConn School of Engineering Professional Education


UConn School of Engineering, Masters Degree, jorge_montoya

JORGE MONTOYA
Jorge Montoya teaches ENGR 5312-Engineering Project Planning and Management. With over 20 years of industry experience bridging Business and Engineering organizations in IT and creating highly effective organizations, he is an expert in Project Management, Agile, and Organizational Transformations. Mr. Montoya holds a Master of Engineering from NYU-Poly, an MBA from Rutgers, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Rochester.

Email: jorge.montoya@uconn.edu

WARREN OSTERNDORF
Warren Osterndorf has been a member of the UConn School of Engineering Professional Education faculty team since summer of 2013 teaching ENGR 5311 - Professional Communication and Information Management. Warren has four decades of experience in higher education as both an administrator and a faculty member at four universities and has done extensive work as a consultant for public and private companies to design, implement and evaluate communication and training initiatives using a variety of media.

Email: warren.osterndorf@uconn.edu

UConn Master of Engineering, David Tonn

DAVID TONN, PhD
Dr. Tonn is an Adjunct Lecturer in Department of Engineering and has been working with the UConn School of Engineering Professional Education faculty team since summer 2015 teaching ENGR 5314 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics. He is a noted expert in antenna design and antenna measurement physics in the presence of the air-sea interface.

Email: david.tonn@uconn.edu