One faculty member has been promoted from associate to full professor, and four from assistant to associate professor, in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, effective July 1.
Qilin Li in civil and environmental engineering will be promoted to full professor. Genevera Allen in statistics (STAT), Aydin Babakhani in electrical and computer engineering (ECE), Jeffrey Tabor in bioengineering and Ashok Veeraraghavan in ECE, have been promoted to associate professor.
Li earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined the Rice faculty in 2006. She serves as associate director for research for the NSF’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment. She is chair of the International Water Association’s Nano&Water Specialty Group management committee, and is a member of the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee.
Allen, who holds the Dobelman Family Junior Chair of Statistics and has a joint appointment in ECE, received her bachelor’s degree in STAT from Rice in 2006, and her Ph.D. in the same field from Stanford in 2010, the year she joined the Rice faculty. She has a joint appointment in pediatric neurology at Baylor College of Medicine’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. She won an NSF CAREER Award in 2016 and recently received one of the two 2017 Teaching and Research Excellence Awards presented by the George R. Brown School of Engineering.
Babakhani earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Caltech in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech in 2009 and a research scientist at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in 2010. That year he joined the Rice faculty. Babakhani won an NSF CAREER Award in 2016, an innovation award from Northrop Grumman in 2014 and a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2012.
Tabor received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Texas in 2006, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-San Francisco and joined the Rice faculty in 2010. Last year he won an NSF CAREER Award for developing next-generation sensors using a family of genes called bacterial two-component systems. His research has been supported by the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Ford Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Simons Foundation.
Veeraraghavan earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in ECE from the University of Maryland in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Since joining the Rice faculty in 2010, his lab has developed mobileVision, a simple device to monitor eye health, and FlatCam, a project with engineering colleague Richard Baraniuk that is developing a lens-less camera platform. Earlier this month, Veeraraghavan won an NSF CAREER Award.