School of Management assistant professors Emre Demirezen, left, and Cihan Uzmanoglu meet Nasrin Fatima, assistant provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, center, President Harvey Stenger and Subimal Chatterjee, associate dean and professor in SOM, at the new faculty and staff reception held in Old Union Hall.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
New faculty members for 2013-14: Part 3Tweet
Patricia Alikakos, lecturer, English as a Second Language Program
Patricia Alikakos, a lecturer in the English as a Second Language Program, will teach two ESL courses at Binghamton University: Advanced Academic Writing and Advanced Academic Listening and Speaking.
Alikakos received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Binghamton University and her master’s in second language education from SUNY Cortland.
She specializes in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Her research interests include issues in second-language writing.
Alikakos, whose hobbies are writing, yoga, traveling and photography, enjoys learning foreign languages. Her second language is Greek, and she also has studied French, Arabic, Egyptian and Spanish. She is learning Chinese this semester.
John Cheng, assistant professor, Asian and Asian American studies
John Cheng, assistant professor of Asian and Asian American studies, is the author of Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and is currently working on Barred Zones: The Strange Geography of Asian America.
Cheng, from Portland, Ore., received his undergraduate degree in history and science from Harvard, and his master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of California-Berkeley.
He has taught at George Mason University and Northwestern University, and most recently served as a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.
Cheng’s research interests include popular culture, media and technology; gender, race and ethnic relations; and law, citizenship and society.
At Binghamton, Cheng will teach Introduction to Asian American Studies; Asian Americans, Race and Law; and Introduction to Asian American History.
He enjoys music, sports and film/media.
Sean Dunwoody, visiting assistant professor, medieval and early modern studies
Sean Dunwoody, visiting assistant professor of medieval and early modern studies, has research interests ranging from religious conflict and coexistence in early modern Europe, to cultures and practices of economic exchange, to the impact of religious and social upheaval on emotional and intellectual regimes and on systems of trust.
At Binghamton, Dunwoody will teach Introduction to Medieval and Early Modern Studies, World History before 1500, and Race and Religion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era.
He received his master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago, a magister degree in history and philosophy at the University of Bonn (Germany), and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton.
Before coming to Binghamton, Dunwoody taught at Wake Forest University, Guilford College (Greensboro, N.C.), and the University of Chicago.
Huiyang Li, assistant professor, systems science and industrial engineering
Huiyang Li, assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering, will teach Fundamentals of Health System and Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare at Binghamton University.
Li, from Harbin, China, received her bachelor’s degree in electronic and information science and technology from Peking University. She earned master’s degrees from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Michigan. She also received her doctorate in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
She previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Li’s research interests are in human factors and cognitive ergonomics, cognitive systems engineering, and human computer interaction. In particularly, she focuses on human-automation interaction, attention and interruption management, team communication, and multi-modal interface design. She has interest and experience in applying her research in application domains such as medicine, health informatics, space operations, robotics, energy, aviation, ground transportation, and emergency evacuation.
Her hobbies include travel, piano, photography, skiing, skating, volleyball, tennis, badminton, and cooking.
Joel MacClellan, visiting assistant professor, philosophy
Joel MacClellan, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, previously served as a clinical assistant professor at Washington State University’s School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Policy.
MacClellan, from Akron, Ohio, did his undergraduate work at the University of Akron and received his graduate degree in philosophy from the University of Tennessee.
MacClellan’s research interests include ethics, applied ethics and the philosophy of biology. His research has been published in the Journal of Animal Ethics and Ethics & the Environment.
At Binghamton, he will teach Animal Ethics; Evolutionary Ethics; Environmental Ethics; and Markets, Ethics and Law.
MacClellan enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and photography.
Shahrzad Towfighian, assistant professor, mechanical engineering
Shahrzad (Sherry) Towfighian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, specializes in micro-electro mechanical systems and biosensors.
Towfighian, from Iran, received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. She received her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ryerson University in Canada and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Towfighian, who served as a MITACS postdoctoral fellow at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, has been published in 11 journals and conference papers.
At Binghamton University, she will teach Linear and Nonlinear Statics and Dynamics.
Towfighian enjoys mountain climbing and swimming.
Ryan Willing, assistant professor, mechanical engineering
Ryan Willing, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will teach Computer-Aided Engineering and Biomechanical Engineering at Binghamton University.
Willing, from Kingston, Ontario, received his undergraduate degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, in Kingston. He has held research positions at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre Bioengineering Research Lab of Western University.
Willing specializes in orthopaedic biomechanics, implant design, and design optimization.
He enjoys boating, skiing, photography, motorcycling and travel.