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Hengchun Ye
Grant PI and Dean in The College of Natural and Social Sciences
Her research is focused on variability and change in atmospheric water vapor, precipitation characteristics, snow accumulation, river discharges and their connections to major atmospheric circulation patterns and sea surface temperature anomalies.
Publications are available from Research Gate site at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hengchun_Ye/publications
Dr. Jingjing Li
Jingjing Li
Acting Director


Dr. Paula Arvedson
Paula Arvedson
Professor in Curricula and Instruction

Dr. Arvedson is in-charge of K-12 outreach and education training. 

Dr. Eshraghi
Mohsen Eshraghi
Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Eshraghi is one of the research faculty advisors in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Eshraghi’s research interests are in the areas of Materials Science, Manufacturing, and Computational Modeling. His current research works include Computational Materials Engineering and Additive Manufacturing. 

Dr. Jiang Guo
Jiang Guo
Professor in Computer Science

Dr. Guo is one of the research faculty advisors in Computer Science. His research specialty is in Cloud Computing, Big Data, Data Mining, Web-based System, Distributed Object Computing, and Software Architecture.

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Jingjing Li
Assistant Professor in Geosciences and Environment

Dr. Li is one of the research faculty advisors in Remote Sensing and Hydrology.  Her research is specialized in remote sensing, precipitation error analysis, image processing, hydrologic modeling, GISbased modeling of watershed-scale processes.

Dr. Daphne
Daphne Liu
Professor in Mathmatics
Dr. Liu is one of the research faculty advisors and one of the pre-trainee mentors. Her research specialty is in Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Topology.
Dr. Sonya Lopez
Sonya Lopez
Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

Dr. Lopez is one of the research faculty advisors in Civic Engineering.  Her research interest is in developing methods to ascertain the impacts climate variability has on long-term surface and subsurface water, water storage, ecosystems and water quality using novel modeling techniques and the integration of advanced observation data. Performing modeling studies with the inclusion of local sustainable technologies using both physically-based and conceptually-based hydrologic models.

Dr. Nerenberg
Paul Nerenberg
Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences

Dr. Nerenberg is one of the research advisors in Physics & Astronomy and Biological Sciences and one of the pre-trainee mentors.  His research group uses molecular dynamics simulations to investigate questions related to the structure and thermodynamics of proteins, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules.

Dr. Pourhomayoun
Mohammad Pourhomayoun
Assistant Professor in Computer Science

Dr. Pourhomayoun is one of the research faculty advisors in Computer Science. His research interests include data science, predictive analytics/big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning in image and video processing, artificial neural networks and deep learning, and risk prediction for healthcare and medical applications.

Dr. Shen
He Shen
Assistant Professor

Dr. Shen is one of the research faculty advisors in Mechanical Engineering.  His research interests are in the areas of robotics and instrumentation, dynamics and control, modeling and simulation, as well as image processing and computer vision. The applications are in soaring flight control of small unmanned aircraft, perception-control-manipulation on various robotic platforms (humanoid, multi-legged robots, and submarine robot), and high-efficiency wind energy systems. 

Dr. Susan Terebey
Susan Terebey
Professor in Astronomy

Dr. Terebey is one of the research faculty advisors in Applied Astronomy. Her research is in both observation and theory of star and planet formation, protostellar disks and winds, the interstellar medium, and Galactic structure. Extensive experience with computational physics, radio interferometers, infrared satellite data, near-infrared imaging and image reconstruction techniques.

Dr. Zhong
Jie Zhong
Assistant Professor in Mathematics

Dr. Zhong is one of the research faculty advisors in Mathematics. His research interests are in the areas of probability theory and stochastic processes, stochastic PDEs; control theory, machine learning, and mathematical finance.

Supportive Staff

Jacob Vigil
Jacob Vigil
DIRECT-STEM Program Coordinator