The College of Engineering welcomes 2 new faculty joining us in the Fall of 2016

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Dr. Kyung-Ho Roh joins the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department as Assistant Professor. Dr. Roh received his Ph.D. degree in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Fiber and Polymer Science and Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., he studied for 5 years in the School of Medicine at Stanford University for his postdoctoral study on T cell immunology. Immediately before joining UAH, Dr. Roh worked as a Research Scientist in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, and he also served as a Program Manager for the National Cell Manufacturing Consortium. With his interdisciplinary research experiences, his research interests are at the intersection of biomaterials and immunology. In particular, he is mainly interested in developing strategies for i) artificial microenvironments for effective regeneration and induction of adaptive immunity using therapeutically relevant sources such as naïve/stem/progenitor cells, ii) controlled immuno-activation or modulation in selective immune cell populations, and iii) engineering receptor-ligand interactions within the immunological synapse in healthy and diseased states. The common end goal of his research topics is the development of biomaterials-based translational cellular and molecular immunotherapies for cancers, infections, and autoimmune diseases.

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Dr. Kavan Hazeli joins the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department as Assistant Professor. Kavan received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics from Drexel University in 2014. His PhD dissertations received Outstanding Promise Doctoral Award, from Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics at Drexel University. Prior joining to UAH, Kavan was a postdoctoral fellow, from 2014-2016, at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.

Kavan's research interests lie at the intersection of applied mechanics and materials science through the use of multiscale experimental techniques and computational modeling. His work looks to develop fundamental understanding of the mechanisms by which materials deform and fails across multiple length and timescales. The focus is on 2D and 3D characterization of microstructural evolution and instability during deformation and failure processes that take place in materials under extreme environments such as temperature, strain rate and fatigue. His research provides information that can be directly used in the materials by design framework to guide efforts towards the development of next generation high-strength light-weight alloys and composites for critical structural materials such as automotive and aerospace applications.

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