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The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Arthur Ballato - Adjunct Professor
Arthur Ballato received his education as follows: SB (EE), MIT 1958; MS (EE), Rutgers University 1962; PhD (Electrophysics), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1972. He is a retired Chief Scientist, US Army Communications-Electronics R&D Center, Fort Monmouth, NJ, and author of over 350 papers, 60 patents, and editor of several books in areas of precision resonators, properties of piezoelectric, and other crystalline materials for MEMS/NEMS, and equivalent circuits. He is a member of the American Physical Society, International Institute of Acoustics & Vibration, and Sigma Xi. He is a fellow of the: Institution of Electrical Engineers (London); Acoustical Society of America; American Ceramic Society; Electromagnetics Academy, and IEEE Life Fellow. He was the President of IEEE UFFC Society, 2006-2007. He also received the following awards: UFFC-S Distinguished Lecturer, 1984-85; Achievement Award, 1992; Distinguished Service Award, 2001; Rayleigh Award, 2007, and New Jersey High Tech Hall of Fame, 2006.

Dr. Stan Birchfield - Adjunct Professor
Dr. Birchfield graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993, and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. From 1999 to 2003 he was a research engineer with Quindi Corporation, a startup company in Palo Alto, California, where he developed algorithms for intelligent audio and video and was the lead engineer and principal architect of the Meeting Companion product. His experience in software engineering has led him to develop and maintain open-source computer vision software, such as the Kanade-Lucas-Tomasi (KLT) feature tracker. Over the years he has worked with or consulted for various companies, including Sun Microsystems, SRI International, Canon Research Center, and Autodesk.  His research interests are in computer vision, stereo correspondence, visual tracking, microphone array calibration, acoustic localization, and mobile robot navigation.

Dr. Yuri Freeman - Adjunct Associate Professor
Yuri P. Freeman is director of advanced research in the Tantalum (Ta) business unit and a member of the Advance Technology Group (ATG) at KEMET Electronics.  The ATG is responsible for KEMET’s technical strategy, which includes cooperation with Universities on fundamental issues in passive electronic components. Yuri P. Freeman received his Ph.D. in physics of the solid state from Kharkov Technical University (KhTU) in Ukraine. Prior to KEMET, he worked as principal scientist at Elitan, the largest producer in the Soviet Union of Ta and Niobium (Nb) capacitors, and at Vishay Sprague in the USA. Simultaneously with working in industry in Ukraine, he taught “Physics of Electronic Components” in the KhTU. Yuri P. Freeman has published more than 30 papers and received 26 patents in the field of physics and technology of Ta and Nb capacitors.

Dr. Christopher Griffin - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Griffin is currently a Wigner fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Master’s degree in 2004 in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in 2007 in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the ORNL, Chris worked at the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory. Chris’ current research interests include statistical learning, particularly when applied to problems of learning adversarial strategy. He is currently funded by the Office of Naval Research for work in this area. Chris is also working on a program of analysis of flows in random structures and control problems that result in these systems.

Rajesh Narayanan - Adjunct Professor
Rajesh Narayanan is a Distinguished Engineer/ Technology Strategist in the Office of the CTO, at Dell Networking. Rajesh holds dual Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a seasoned technology professional more than 15 years in the telecom and enterprise networking space. Before joining Dell in 2010, he was a Senior Network Architect at Orange Labs in San Francisco for close to 6 years. Prior to which he worked as a senior software engineer architecting, designing and developing systems networking and telecommunication systems. At Dell his primary role has been to help drive the SDN/OpenFlow technology innovation and product strategy.

Dr. Christopher Rahn - Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Rahn graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985, and received a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. After three years designing control systems and analyzing the dynamics of spacecraft at Space Systems/LORAL in Palo Alto, CA, Dr. Rahn returned to Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. As a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University from 1992 to 2000, Dr. Rahn developed and experimentally validated control systems for distributed vibration and noise and nonlinear models of high-speed textile manufacturing processes.  He is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He has published over sixty papers and one book, obtained several patents, and garnered the prestigious Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, and the McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award.

Dr. Robert Ross - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Robert Ross received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University in 2000. Following this he joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Rob’s research interests are in system software for high performance computing systems, in particular parallel file systems and I/O and message passing libraries. Rob has been involved in Linux cluster computing since 1995, when he first tested PVFS on early Beowulf systems at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the primary author of the PVFS parallel file system and lead architect of the PVFS2 parallel file system. He is an active maintainer of the ROMIO MPI-IO library and oversees the Parallel netCDF highlevel I/O library development. Rob is a member of the MPICH2 development team awarded the R&D 100 award in 2005, and was a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Enver Tatlicioglu- Adjunct Assistant Professor
Enver Tatlicioglu received the B.Sc. degree from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and the Ph.D. degree from Clemson University in 1999 and 2007, respectively. Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University then he joined the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey. His research interests include dynamic modelling of extensible continuum robot manipulators, non-linear control techniques for kinematically redundant robot manipulators, partial state feedback and output feedback control, haptic systems and teleoperation; learning, robust and adaptive control of non-linear systems.

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