The Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University has welcomed more than two dozen new faculty and staff for the 2021-2022 academic year who come from diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of research interests.
This is the second of two articles presenting the profiles of new professors and new staff at École Polytechnique; read the first part, here.
Tianyi Li, assistant professor of computer science and information technology, designs and develops computer-assisted cooperative work systems. His most recent research focuses on sensemaking crowdsourcing, to scaffold the collective intelligence of novice crowds for tasks such as intelligence analysis. She also conducts research and designs visual analysis tools with a user-centric design to combine and coordinate human and artificial intelligence in larger and real decision-making processes such as data security and hyperparameter tuning. . Throughout her work, Li studies and assesses the UX (user experience) impact of different models of human-AI interaction.
Li received a doctorate in computer science from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong. She also studied at the University of California at San Diego and Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an exchange student.
Jason Marchand, Lecturer at the School of Construction Management Technology, has over 12 years of experience in the construction industry. He completed a five year union apprenticeship in pipefitter / plumbing. He obtained a contractor’s plumbing license from Indiana, National Industrial Rigging Certification, and Certified Welding Inspector certification. Merchant researches the application of lean practices in construction planning and execution.
George Mitchell, Clinical Assistant Professor of Aviation Engineering Technology, conducts courses in Aircraft Systems and Science, teaching the cross-course which allows non-aviation members to familiarize themselves with aviation-related topics. He served in the US Air Force from 1978 to 2009 as a jet engine mechanic on J79-17A engines and taught at the USAF School of Technology for Jet Engine Mechanics.
Mitchell served as the Senior Missile Combat Crew Instructor on the ICBM Minuteman III Weapons System and Fleet Manager for the Chilean Air Force A-37 Fleet in Santiago, Chile. He was also responsible for maintenance for the back room and flight line on the C-5A / B, maintenance squadron commander and group commander deployed for a KC-135 squadron, maintenance squadron commander for a C-130 wing and maintenance policy and maintenance training chief for Air Mobility Command. Mitchell has been deployed as a mentor to the Commander of the Afghan National Army Overhaul Depot in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since leaving active service, Mitchell worked in military script writing, manufacturing, and government compliance before returning to education and aviation at Purdue.
Deepak Nadig, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology, graduated with Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Technology in Electronic and Communication Engineering and Digital Communication Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India. He received his doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to studying for his PhD, Nadig was Director of Technology and Research at SOLUTT Corporation, India, from 2009 to 2015. At SOLUTT, he was instrumental in leading networking and wireless operations. wire and responsible for the design, development, consulting and training services in 4G / LTE and multi-gigabit wireless technologies.
Nadig’s research interests include computer networks, software-defined networks, virtualization of network functions, cloud native infrastructure, AI / ML applications for networking and network security.
Romila Pradhan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology, studies data management and data science issues. His research is motivated by the need to build reliable and responsible decision-making systems. She has recently developed systems that facilitate the explainability, fairness and accountability of data-driven decision-making systems.
Pradhan was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to that, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and PhD candidate in the Computer Science Department at Purdue. She obtained a BA and MA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, India.
Laurent Rouaud, Assistant Professor of Aviation Management, comes to Purdue after working at GE Aviation, Airbus, McDonnell Douglas and the University of Cincinnati. He studies the acceleration of hybrid electric technology in commercial aviation.
“Purdue fits perfectly with my teaching philosophy and [offers] transformational education, ”said Rouaud. “[And it’s] the best place to do my research.
Winston Sealy, assistant professor of engineering technology, came from Minnesota State University. Sealy’s research focuses on computer integrated design and manufacturing, and his teaching interests include design, automation, and metrology.
“Purdue presented a great opportunity to collaborate with like-minded faculty to influence and impact the tech experience,” Sealy said.
Paul Strickland, Clinical Assistant Professor of Professional Flight has accumulated over three decades of turbojet flight experience while simultaneously serving with active / reserve military service and a major commercial airline. As an airline pilot, he holds an airline pilot certificate with turbojet type ratings on B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777 and B-787 with flying experience in the continental area from the United States, Canada and Mexico and to international destinations such as Asia, Australia, South America, India, Europe and Africa.
As a military officer, Strickland’s 30-year military career spanned the fields of flight, space operations, and intelligence disciplines. He has held several command, leadership and staff positions in various countries with a peak military mission as Deputy Chief of Staff for operations, plans and training for an organization numbering approximately 6 000 people and a budget of several million dollars. Strickland is a graduate of the National Security Space Institute of the US Air Force and Air University.
Melaku Tadesse, clinical assistant professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, has spent over 28 years working for airlines and various air travel organizations including Northwest Airlines / Delta Airlines (Minneapolis), AirTran Airways (now Southwest Airlines, Atlanta ), Independence Air (Virginia), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Elite Jets (Dubai), Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Abeba), UN WFP / UNHAS (Addis Ababa), Embraer (Nashville), Bombardier (West Virginia) and Afrodynamic (Addis Ababa). During his career, Melaku has held various positions ranging from Aircraft Technician, Maintenance Program Analyst, Airline Officer, Safety Officer, Co-Pilot and Consultant / General Manager.
In addition to his industry experience, Tadesse has also held academic positions teaching undergraduate and graduate aviation courses at the University of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi), University of the South of Illinois, Delta State University (Mississippi) and Sinclair Community College (Ohio).
Tadesse’s research focuses on aviation safety management systems, data science and skills-based education assessment in aviation, and innovative education in aviation.
Chengcheng Tao, Assistant Professor in Construction Management Technology, obtained her PhD. degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. His master’s degrees are in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. Prior to joining Purdue’s School of Construction Management Technology, Tao worked as an ORISE postdoctoral researcher at the US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
Tao’s research interests include sustainable building materials and manufacturing, multi-objective optimization and machine learning algorithms, energy efficiency solutions and carbon footprint reduction strategies, mitigation infrastructure risks, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and multiscale modeling for polycrystalline alloys.
Sudip Vhaduri, assistant professor of computer science and information technology obtained a doctorate in computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Vhaduri works in collaborative interdisciplinary teams made up of researchers from various disciplines from academic and industrial research institutions in the United States and Europe, including IBM Research. His research focuses on artificial intelligence (applied machine learning, deep learning, data mining and data analytics) and mobile and wearable computing with the goal of innovating impactful and sustainable secure technology solutions that empower people and help improve their quality of life.
Lewis Wallace, is a lecturer at the School of Construction Management Technology.
Dimitrios Ziakkas, Assistant Professor of Professional Flight, is a pilot-in-command, instructor and Airbus examiner with type ratings A-320, A-330/350 and A-340. Intercultural communicator, global citizen and innovator, Ziakkas has over 30 years of experience in military and civil aviation operations around the world, integrating workforce planning / selection and recruitment practices into multidisciplinary research programs.
Ziakkas research is focused on the adoption of technology in the field of aviation operations, flight safety and training, line flight training, single-pilot operations, and the cost-effective approach to software localization and flight training. equipment in the training of aeronautical and military projects.
Read the first part, here.