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New Faculty & Faculty Administrators 2013:Batten College of Engineering & Technology

Dr. Kareem A. Ahmed

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, in 2009 and 2006 respectively, from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2004 from the State University of New York at Alfred. Previously he was a Senior Engineer at United Technologies Corporation.

Dr. Orlando Ayala

Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, received a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, in 2005 and 2001 respectively, from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 from the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Mr. Jonathan D. Backens

Lecturer of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science in 2004 from Christopher Newport University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University. Previously he was an Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Yunbyeong Chae

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 2011 from Lehigh University and an M.S. and B.S. in Engineering, in 2001 and 1999 respectively, from Seoul National University, South Korea. Previously he was a Research Scientist in the ATLSS Engineering Research Center at Lehigh University.

Dr. Teddy S. Cotter

Lecturer of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, received a Ph.D. in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering in 2005 from Old Dominion University, an M.S. in Engineering Management in 1994 from the University of Massachusetts, an M.B.A. and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, in 1989 and 1986 respectively, from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Electronics Technology in 1983 from Southwest Missouri State University. Previously he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Kristyn N. Danson

Communications Coordinator, received a Master of Public Administration in 2010 from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 2004 from the College of William and Mary. Previously she was Public Relations and Marketing Specialist in the College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University.

Mr. Randy C. Haddock

Lecturer in the Engineering Fundamentals Division, received an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership in 2006 from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, in 2000 and 1985 respectively, from Old Dominion University. Previously he was a Math Teacher at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach.

Dr. Chunqi Jiang

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2002 from Old Dominion University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China and a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Changchun Institute of Optics & Fine Mechanics in 1995. Previously she was a Research Associate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering - Electrophysics at the University of Southern California.

Ms. Amy M. Kitts

Lecturer of Engineering Technology, received an M.E. and B.S. in Civil Engineering, in 2002 and 2001 respectively, from Virginia Tech. Previously she was a Visiting Lecturer of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli

Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 from Old Dominion University, an M.S. in Ocean Systems Management in 1999 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and B.S. in Marine Engineering in 1998 from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Previously she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Otilia Popescu

Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 from Rutgers University and a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. with specialization in Control Engineering and Computers in 1991 from Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania. Previously she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Mamadou Diouf Seck

Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, received a Ph.D. in Systems and Information Sciences in 2007 from Université Paul Cézanne, France, an M.S. in Systems and Information Sciences in 2004 from Université de Provence, France, an M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering and Informatics in 2004 from Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Marseille, France and a DUT in Industrial Engineering in 2001 from IUT de Bourges, Université d'Orléans, France. Previously he was an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Dr. Chunsheng Xin

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2002 from State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.E. in Computer Engineering in 1997 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a B.S. in Computer Science in 1994 from Wuhan University. Previously he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University.

Dr. Xiaoyu Zhang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, in 2005 and 2002 respectively, from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Idaho National Laboratory.