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New faculty: 2006

Praseeda Gopinath, assistant professor,
Department of English

Praseeda Gopinath, an assistant professor in the Department of English, received her doctorate in English literature this year from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi.

Her interests include 20th-century British literature, contemporary literature and fi lm, modernism, black British literature, postcolonial theory, literature of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora and fiction.

At Binghamton, she’ll be teaching Introduction to Theory and Criticism and Modern British Literature.

Gopinath, who grew up in New Delhi, India, loves to travel and she tries to practice yoga diligently. However, she said, she mostly likes to sit around in parks and look at trees.

 

Oana Malis, assistant professor,
Physics Department

Oana Malis, an assistant professor in the Physics Department, specializes in semiconductor physics, the science and technology of optoelectronic materials and mid-infrared laser sources and detectors.

Malis, who grew up in Bucharest, Romania, holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Bucharest and a doctorate in physics from Boston University.

Malis previously was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell University and a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in New Jersey. At Binghamton, she will teach Principles of Physics.

Malis, 37, is married.

 

Hiroki Sayama, assistant professor,
Department of Bioengineering

Hiroki Sayama, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, came to Binghamton in January.

Sayama, who grew up in Aichi, Japan, holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in information science, all from the University of Tokyo. He previously taught at the University of Electro-Communications in Japan.

Sayama’s research interests include developing models of complex biological/social systems and applying them to the creation of novel biomimetic systems. He teaches Self-Organizing Systems, Complexity in Biological Systems and Advanced Topics in Complex Biomedical Systems.

Sayama, 35, likes traveling and walking. He and his wife have two sons, ages 3 and 8, as well as a beagle.

 

Colin Selleck, lecturer,
Mechanical Engineering

Colin Selleck, a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department, counts robotics and computer vision among his research interests.

A native of Baton Rouge, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University. Selleck previously taught at the University of New Mexico. At Binghamton, he’ll teach Senior Design and Experimental Methods for Engineers.

Selleck, 50, enjoys black-and-white photography. He and his wife live in East Meredith.

 

Shengyong Wang,
research assistant professor, Department of
Systems Science and Industrial Engineering

Shengyong Wang, a research assistant professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, received his doctorate in industrial engineering this year from Purdue University. He also holds a master’s degree from the Singapore MIT Alliance and a bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Wang’s research interests include discrete event systems, modeling and simulation, production system analysis, robust supervisory control and health-care engineering.

Wang, 28, who grew up in Tianjin, China, enjoys playing soccer. He is married to Xiaowei Teng.

 

Haifeng “Charlie” Zhang,
visiting assistant professor of geography

Haifeng “Charlie” Zhang, visiting assistant professor of geography, is a graduate of Shandong Normal University in China and the University of South Carolina. His research interests include geographic information systems (GIS) and urban and regional studies.

Zhang, 40, received a dissertation research grant from the Association of American Geographers and the Lovingood Award for research in geography from the University of South Carolina. At Binghamton, he’ll teach Urban Planning and East Asian Geography.

Zhang, who enjoys traveling and hiking, grew up in Jinan, China. He has two children.

 

Yoonkyung Lee, assistant professor,
Departments of Sociology and Political
Science, Asian and Asian American Studies

Yoonkyung Lee, an assistant professor in the Departments of Sociology and Political Science and the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, specializes in democracy, political economy, labor relations, political parties and social movements in East Asia.

Lee, who grew up in Seoul, Korea, holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Korea University, a master’s in political science from Yonsei University and master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Duke University.

At Binghamton, she’s teaching States and Market in East Asia this semester.

Lee, who enjoys walking, cooking and watching movies,is married with a daughter.

 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08