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Candidates EECEC 2009

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Marlene Bouvier   Luis Lopez
Kenneth Brezinsky Christopher Mitchell
Richard Cameron Serdar Ogut 
Shahrbanoo Fadavi - Executive Michael Perman
Shahrbanoo Fadavi - Awards TES Raghavan
Steve Forman James Sack
Rebecca Hendrick W. Andreas Schroeder
Maria Krysan Carrol Smith
Ajay Kshemkalyani Ramin Takloo-Bighash
Carmen Lilley Tony Tasset
Elizabeth Loentz Z. Jim Wang

Behavioral and Social Sciences

">Christopher Mitchell, Associate Professor, Social Work

I currently serve as the DGS in Social Work where I am the Interim Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Academic Programs.  I have been the PhD program director since 2005 and a member of the Graduate College Faculty since 1999.

Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences  

">Kenneth Brezinsky, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

I came to UIC in 1996 as a tenured full professor after spending seventeen years at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  At UIC, I continued my research work on fuels combustion, energy and environmental science and currently have five PhD graduate students.  Prior to these five students, I have had seventeen students receive their MS degrees and three complete their doctorates.  All of my students received financial support entirely from competitive federal grants.

In addition to my research and teaching responsibilities at UIC, I have served on numerous committees, the most recent being the Campus Research Board, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Committee, Research Resource Center Advisory Committee, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy Steering Committee, Review Committee of Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Review Committee of Head of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering Executive Committee, and the College of Engineering Administrative Council.

">Steve Forman, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

I have been at UIC since 1996, recruited to establish the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, which was successfully launched in 2001 with the addition of an outside director. In turn, I also co-developed a new PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, which obtained IBHE approval in 2004. I have also served the Campus Research Board from1999 to 2004 and as the Chair for the Natural Science and Engineering Subcommittee. I have served as Graduate and Undergraduate director of EAES and understand the challenges and promises of recruiting quality students to UIC. I am a co-PI and active participant in the NSF LEAP-IGERT, which is a multidisciplinary graduate research and training program amongst Biological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil and Materials Engineering and Planning and Public Administration. I pursue an externally funded research program that continually mentors graduate and undergraduate students.

">TES Raghavan, Professor, Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science

This is my 40th year of service in the university and I supervised 10 graduate students for their PhD and 4 among them are quite distinguished internationally as researchers in the fields of Game theory and Matrix theory. They are themselves editors and associate editors of journals and one is also a university scholar.

">W. Andreas Schroeder, Professor, Physics

I am an applied physicist performing research using ultrashort (i.e., sub-picosecond; 1ps is one trillionth (10^-12 ) of a second) laser pulses to investigate the fundamental dynamic properties of matter, from the nano- and molecular-scale to bulk semiconductors. My work at UIC in this highly interdisciplinary field has to date received over $3M in Federal research funding, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award. I also received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, primarily due to my course development and pedagogical organizational ability. Over the past decade, I have served on a number of University committees, such as the Graduate College Awards Committee, the Honors College Council, the UIC Laser Safety Committee, and the Campus Research Board. I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Graduate College Executive Committee

Fine Arts and Humanities

">Richard Cameron, Associate Professor, English; Spanish, French, Italian & Portuguese

I am an Associate Professor in Linguistics currently with a joint appointment in both the Departments of English and of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. I came to UIC in 1994 and have served on numerous committees in both departments. With the advent of the new School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics, I will become full time in that School. My interests fall on the side of interdisciplinary research, both social and psychological, into language.

Life Sciences

">Shahrbanoo Fadavi, DDS, MS, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

I am a professor in Pediatric Dentistry.  For over 20 years, I have been involved in clinical and classroom teaching for dental students and dental residents, and I have also mentored students pursuing their Master of Science degree.  I have conducted collaborative research on different areas of clinical and bench studies related to Early Childhood caries, growth and development of children, and specifically on prematurely-born children.

I have published extensively in dentistry and have presented my research in national and international meetings.  I am a board-certified pediatric dentist. 

">Z. Jim Wang Associate Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences

I am an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences.I've been a member of GC faculty since 2001 and have mentored over 12 graduate students (including current students). Several of these students have received these awards including Dean's Scholarship, UIF, Provost's Dissertation Award, etc. I value the service of this important committee and would therefore be happy to offer my service and time should I be so chosen.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

">Rebecca Hendrick, Associate Professor, Public Administration 

Rebecca Hendrick is an associate professor in Public Administration. She came to UIC in 1998. Since coming to UIC her research has focusedon public finance and financial management of local governments within the Chicago metropolitan region. She has published widely on this and other subjects, and is currently working on a book project about these governments. She served on the UIC Senate from 2006 - 2008.


">Maria Krysan, Associate Professor, Sociology

Maria Krysan is an associate professor of sociology and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. She has been at UIC since 2000, and has a long-standing interest in graduate education, having served on the department's Graduate Committee for most of her tenure at UIC, and most recently as acting Director of Graduate Studies (Spring 2009). She is also one of the founding directors of UIC's Chicago Area Study, an inter-disciplinary initiative that integrates graduate research training, basic social science research, and engaged policy-relevant research related to issues of race/ethnicity in the urban context.


Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

">Ajay Kshemkalyani, Associate Professor, Computer Science 

Ajay Kshemkalyani is an Associate Professor of Computer Science since 2000. He has been at UIC since 1998, and has served on several departmental committees. He has chaired the Computer Science departmental Graduate Admissions Committee and the Computer Committee. He has served on the College of Engineering Student Grievances Committee.His research interests include distributed computing, computer networks, and algorithms, and he has published extensively in these areas. He has graduated 3 PhD students, and 29 MS students at UIC.

">Carmen Lilley, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

I am an Assistant Professor and have been at UIC since 2003 in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. I have served on the Graduate Advisory committee from 2004-2006 and the Department Advisory Committee from 2008-Present. In addition, I am also the faculty advisor for the UIC Alpha Sigma Student Chapter of the Pi Tau Sigma Honors Society. During my time at UIC, I have had one MS and two PhD students graduate under my supervision as their thesis advisor. I have published several journal papers in the area of nanomaterials and have a book chapter on Electrical Properties of Metallic Nanowires that will be published in Nanoelectronics: Fabrication and Interfaces to the Bio World.

">Serdar Ogut, Associate Professor, Physics 

I am an associate professor in the Department of Physics. I joined UIC in Fall 2001. Since then, in addition to teaching and supervising MS and PhD students, I have contributed to graduate education at UIC through various activities at the university level, such as serving on the Graduate College Executive Committee (2007-2009), University Fellows Mentoring Committee (2007- ), GC Mentoring Award Selection Committee (2006), and as a member of the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) committee (2005-2008). At the department level, I have also served on various committees related to graduate education such as Admissions Committee, University Fellow/Dean's Scholar Nomination Committee, as a member and chair of the Qualifying Exam Committee, and since 2008, as a co-DGS. I believe that the experience and insight into graduate education that I have gained by serving in these committees will allow me to continue to contribute to the educational experience and needs of UIC graduate students, as a member of the GC Awards Committee.

">Ramin Takloo-Bighash, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

My name is Ramin Takloo-Bighash, and I am an assistant professor in the department of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. I graduated from Johns Hopkins with a doctorate in mathematics in 2001. From 2001 to 2007 I worked at Princeton University first as an instructor(2001-2004) and then as an assistant professor (2004-2007). I joined UIC in 2007. I was a member of the Admissions, Fellowships, and Assistantship Committee of the math department in the academic year 2007-2008. I was elected as member of the departmental Advisory Committee in 2008. Pending approval by the Chancellor I will be an associate professor in the fall.I currently have two PhD students.

Fine Arts and Humanities

">Luis Lopez, Professor, Spanish, French, Italian & Portuguese  

Luis Lopez arrived at UIC as an assistant professor in Spanish, obtained tenure in 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. At the college level, he has served as a member of the LA&S fellowship committee (2008) and the study abroad advisory committee (1999-2003). At the departmental level he has been a member of both the UGSC and the GSC and has directed UGSC (2003-4) and the GSC (2006-8). He has also participated in two search committees and was one of the organizers of LSRL, a major linguistics conference (2001).

">Michael Perman, Professor, History

I have been at UIC for almost all my career and have served on the Graduate College's Executive Committee for two terms in the 1980s, when this committee was responsible for campus-wide P&T, and the Awards Committee, 2000-03. I have chaired the History department 1997-2000. Also, I have published four book-length monographs and held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Distinguished Professorship.

">Tony Tasset, Professor, Art and Design

I received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from The Art Academy of Cincinnati.  I am currently a University Scholar at The University of Illinois at Chicago; was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; and received The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.

I have held a full time appointment at UIC since 1989.

Life Sciences

">Marlene Bouvier, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology

1. Came to UIC December 2007 (tenured)
2. Current supervision: 2 graduate students; one undergraduate student; three postdoctoral fellows
3. Service at UIC: Seminar Committee (dept.); MD/PhD Admission Committee (intermittent)
4. Teaching: Teach graduate students in Dept. of  Microbiology and Immunology; graduate students of GEMS program; Medical students.

">Shahrbanoo Fadavi, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

I am a professor in Pediatric Dentistry.  For over 20 years, I have been involved in clinical and classroom teaching for dental students and dental residents,and I have also mentored students pursuing their Master of Science degree. I have conducted collaborative research on different areas of clinical and bench studies related to Early Childhood caries, growth and development of children, and specifically on prematurely-born children.

I have published extensively in dentistry and have presented my research in national and international meetings.  I am a board-certified pediatric dentist. 

">Carrol A. M. Smith, Visiting ClinicalAssistant Professor, College of Nursing

Carrol Smith, PhD, RN. I have been a member of the UIC community since May of 1995, although I have only been on the faculty since January of 2008. I came to UIC to coordinate a research project preparing women at high-risk for HIV infection to participate in a trial of an HIV preventive vaccine. This took place in the Infectious Disease Section of the Dept. of Medicine with Dr. Richard Novak. In 1999 I came to the College of Nursing, once again to direct an RO1 research study; Dr. Lucy Marion was studying the effects of care by nurse practitioners for women on the West side of Chicago who had sexually transmitted infections. Soon thereafter I was accepted into the PhD program in nursing and completed that degree in 2006. After a one-year stint at the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral research fellow, I was invited to return to UIC as a faculty member in the Health Systems Science Department of the College of Nursing. I teach Public Health and Women's Health at the graduate level and plan to go for two weeks to Xion, China, in May, 2009, to teach Public Health Nursing to graduate level nurses. I was also just awarded a CETL grant to co-teach a course in Performance Ethnography in the spring of 2010.