Get to Know Our Engineers

I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities throughout my education to be recognized for my work at UD.

Name

Alexandra Bayles

Hometown

Severna Park, MD

UD major

B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2013

Career aspirations

Ultimately, I hope to teach at a university and conduct renewable energy research. But first I plan to pursue my doctorate in chemical engineering concentrating on transport phenomena, potentially with a focus in fluid mechanics or rheology. Earning the Goldwater Scholarship is a great first step toward graduate school.

How has UD prepared you?

Researching the stability of partially crystalline particles within different emulsion systems under the guidance of Prof. Eric Furst has prepared me for future collaborative research with others, whether in the industry or academia.

It is an honor to be the first recipient of the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Faculty Development Chair, named for such innovative supporters of science and engineering.

Name

Thomas H. Epps, III

Education

PhD University of Minnesota, 2004
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Career

Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Current research

My research focuses on designing, building, and characterizing new polymers. I work in material design and fabrication to create conducting membranes for current and next-generation energy generation and storage devices, such as batteries, fuel cells and solar cells.

UD has allowed me to become an AFROTC cadet and study my passion with an aerospace concentration.

Name

Robert Morgan

Hometown

Milford, DE

UD major & year

Mechanical Engineering, junior

Career aspirations

Since I am so interested in planes, I hope to be an Officer in the Air Force and follow in the footsteps of my father and brother who have worked in the Air Force as enlisted personnel.

How has UD prepared you?

UD has allowed me to become a cadet in the University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and to join an organization affiliated to the AFROTC called Arnold Air Society, permitting me to study my passion with an aerospace concentration.

I am interested in researching how policy choices affect disaster mitigation and restoration in situations like earthquakes.

Name

Susan Brink

Hometown

Wilmington, North Carolina (world traveler by boat)

Education

PhD Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2013
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2009
B.S. Mathematics, University of Florida, 2005

Career aspirations

I was inspired to focus on the unique issues in developing countries after years of serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and teaching English in South Korea. My research involves creating a methodology for comprehensive regional disaster risk analysis. After graduating, I hope to continue working on research to reduce the impact of natural hazards on cities around the world.

I plan to make everyday life more sustainable by focusing on alternative energy sources and life cycle analysis of material objects.

Name

Anna D'Alessio

Hometown

Darnestown, Maryland

UD major

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2013

Career aspirations

As an engineer, I plan to find a way to everyday life more sustainable by focusing on alternative energy sources and life cycle analysis of material objects. Ultimately, I hope to work for an automotive company and study sustainability and efficiency in the life cycle of cars.

How has UD prepared you?

I wanted to study abroad in college, but as an engineer it is much harder to go abroad for a semester and still graduate in 4 years. UD's winter session and special programs allowed me to do both!

“UD has a wonderful tradition of undergraduate research boasting a level of involvement I have never seen anywhere else.

Name

Ryan Zurakowski

Education

PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

Career

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

What makes UD unique?

UD has a wonderful tradition of undergraduate research boasting a level of involvement I have never seen anywhere else. Being able to bring undergraduates into the lab very early in their careers is one way that UD sets itself apart from other engineering programs. Plus, I love the outdoors, and a short walk through White Clay Creek really helped “seal the deal” during my interview visit!

I joined UD for the unique opportunity to start a new Biomedical Engineering Department.

Name

Dawn Elliot

Education

PhD Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 1999
M.S. Engineering Mechanics, University of Cincinnati, 1995
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988

Career

Director of Biomedical Engineering

Current research

I study the biomedical function of orthopaedic soft tissues in health, aging, degeneration, injury and healing. My primary focus is in the intervertebral disc, which supports and distributes loads and permits motions of the spine.

Why did you choose UD?

I joined UD for the unique opportunity to start a new biomedical engineering department. But more importantly, I was attracted to UD by the faculty—they are not only outstanding engineers and collaborators but also fun people with whom I enjoy working. I’m sure I made the right choice.

It's interesting to watch the transformation when students begin to realize that they're providing a service to someone.

Name

Lori Pollock

Education

PhD & M.S. Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1986 & 1983
B.S. Computer Science and Economics, Allegheny College, 1981

Career

Professor, Department of Computer & Information Sciences

Current research

My work involves program analysis for building better software maintenance tools, optimizing compilers for modern computer architectures and software testing.

How is your department innovating the classroom?

We hope to uncover insights into how a strategic partnership model [between regional secondary schools and UD] can help develop and support teachers to improve student computational skills and interest, while providing a service learning opportunity for undergraduate students studying computer science, math education and education.

I chose to be an engineer because engineers solve problems. I want to help people live longer lives and make medicine more affordable to everyone.

Name

Kevin Chang

Hometown

Severn, Maryland

UD major & year

Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, senior

Career aspirations

I chose to be an engineer because engineers solve problems. I want to help people live longer lives and make medicine more affordable to everyone.

Why did you choose UD?

I chose UD because the Biomedical Engineering program is new here, and I thought I could make my own impact on the program.

I could be a part of a renaissance for the College of Engineering and could contribute to a marketplace of ideas right away.

Name

Joshua Zide

Hometown

Hollywood, Florida

Education

PhD Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
B.S. (with distinction) Material Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2002

Career

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Current research

Researchers have used LPE [liquid phase epitaxy] many times to make semiconductors. What we’re doing is making the same kinds of nanocomposites using a hybrid approach that also employs inert gas condensation. We think this could lead to a faster, better, cheaper way of making a class of nanocomposite materials with pretty exciting applications.

What made you choose UD?

I was attracted to UD's College of Engineering because it is fast growing and in a crucial stage of improvement. I felt like I could be a part of a renaissance for the College of Engineering and could contribute to a marketplace of ideas right away.

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