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Sept. 4, 2002

SIX NEW FACULTY MEMBERS JOIN SMU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

DALLAS (SMU) -- Six new faculty members have joined the SMU School of Engineering.

Marc Christensen has joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. Christensen received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University in 2001. His research focuses on removing the bottlenecks that often occur at connection points within high-speed digital systems.

Fatih Kocan has joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering. Kocan received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Case Western Reserve University in 2000. His research focuses on applications of configurable hardware, design automation and computer architecture.

Paul Krueger has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Krueger received his Ph.D. in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 2001. His research focuses on enhancing the key features of unsteady flows and understanding how to apply them to engineering problems.

Saad Mneimneh has joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering. Mneimneh received his Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2002. His research focuses on algorithms for high-speed switching and routing in networks.

Dinesh Rajan has joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. Rajan received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University in 2002. His research focuses on developing algorithms to run the next generation of wireless communication systems.

Mitch Thornton has joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as an associate professor of computer science and engineering. Thornton received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from SMU in 1995 and joins the SMU faculty from Mississippi State, where he served as an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research focuses on computer-aided design of electronic systems, with particular emphasis on synthesis and verification of digital systems.

"I am delighted that we have been so successful in recruiting such an outstanding group of new faculty members," said Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering. "They have all demonstrated their ability to perform research of the highest caliber while being top-notch teachers. They bring their talents to research areas where we have made commitments to excellence, and they will attract outstanding students. They also bring an enthusiasm to our 'Engineering and Beyond' direction that will directly benefit all of our students."

The SMU School of Engineering, which was founded in 1925, offers undergraduate degrees in computer engineering, computer science, management science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and environmental engineering. For more information on the school, visit its Web site at www.engr.smu.edu.


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