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Computer Science and Engineering
Ying Lu
received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (2005). She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Jiaotong University, China, and the University of Virginia (1996, 2001). Her research interests include autonomic computing, web architecture, distributed systems, real-time and embedded computing. She has also done significant work on feedback control of computing systems. At present, she has 10 publications in premier journals and conferences on real-time computing, quality of service, control, and distributed computing.
Ying Lu
Ying Lu
Architectural Engineering
Haorong Li, received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Purdue University. He received his master’s from Tsinghua University, China (2000), and his bachelor’s from Nanchang University (1997). His primary research interests are in the modeling, analysis, control, and diagnostics of thermal systems that involve the design of physical and empirical models, automatic control algorithms, and automated fault detection and diagnosis systems for HVAC&R systems and thermal power plants.
Haorong Li
Haorong Li
Engineering Mechanics
Li Tan received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2002), and his master’s and bachelor’s from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1997, 1994). His research focus is in novel micro- and nanofabrication platforms and utilization in areas of nanoelectronics and biological and medical applications. He holds two patents: polymer inking as a micro- and nano-patterning technique, and imprinting polymer film on patterned substrate; and filed a provisional patent for successive shrinking of elastomers in May.

Biological Systems Engineering
Erkan Istanbulluoglu research interests are in geomorphology, specifically modeling landscape evolution; coupling of erosion and vegetation dynamics; effects of vegetation and watershed disturbances on geomorphic processes; sediment transport; and natural hazard assessment.   He received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University, and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Uludag University in Turkey. His appointment is split between Geosciences, 70 percent, and Biological Systems Engineering, 30 percent.

Erkan Istanbulluoglu

Mechanical Engineering
Carl Nelson received his Ph.D. and master’s from Purdue University (2005, 2002) and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma (2000). His research interests are robotics and mechanical systems design and analysis, including specific thrusts in optimal design, design of modular mechanical systems, and incorporation of graph-theoretic techniques in mechanical systems design. He is specifically interested in adapting these concepts for surgical applications. He holds a joint appointment with UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Carl Nelson

Civil Engineering
Yong-Rak Kim’s research interests are in geomechanics, characterization of highway materials, pavement engineering and constitutive modeling of civil materials and Structure. He holds a Ph.D. and M.D. from Texas A&M University (2003, 1999), and a bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea (1997). He has had numerous publications and recently received two grants from the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Yong-Rak KimYong-Rak Kim
Electrical Engineering
Mathias M. Schubert joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in November of 2005. An expert in ellipsometry, terahertz spectroscopy and optics, he received his Ph.D. from the University
of Leipzig in 1997, where he worked in the Institute for Experimental Physics.