College of Engineering welcomes new faculty, continues expansion

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Engineering proudly welcomes the new faculty members who have joined Penn State for the 2016-17 academic year.

The incoming cohort is part of the college’s vision for growth that aligns with the strategic goals and objectives outlined in the college’s most recent strategic plan.

Joining the faculty are:

  • Graduate Program in Acoustics: Julianna Simon, assistant professor. More information about Simon is available at
  • Aerospace Engineering: Alan Wagner, assistant professor. Wagner's bio is available at
  • Biomedical Engineering: Daniel Hayes, associate professor; Raj Kothapalli, assistant professor; Xiao Liu, assistant professor; and Scott Medina, assistant professor. More information about these new faculty members is available at
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Michael Hillman, assistant professor, and Li Li, associate professor. Hillman and Li's bios are available at
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, assistant professor; Swaroop Ghosh, assistant professor; Ting He, associate professor; and Jing Yang, assistant professor. Their bios are available at
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering: Saurabh Basu, assistant professor; Ethan X. Fang, assistant professor; Jingjing Li, associate professor; Charles Purdum, instructor; and Sarah Root, instructor and academic adviser. Read more about these new faculty members at
  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering: Catherine Berdanier, research associate; Nicholas Brown, assistant professor; Margaret Byron, assistant professor; Guha Prasanna Manogharan, assistant professor; Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor; Stephanie Stockar, assistant professor; Will Walters, assistant professor; and David Williams, assistant professor. Their bios are available at
Last Updated August 25, 2016