Eight join SEAS faculty
Maria Klawe, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied
Science (SEAS), welcomed eight new faculty members in September,
bringing the total number of SEAS faculty to 126, including
15 women. Of the eight newcomers, three are women.
The new faculty members are introduced here in alphabetical
Craig Arnold was appointed assistant professor of
mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Since 2001 he has been a postdoctoral associate at the Naval
Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where his research
focused on laser direct-write deposition of mesoscale energy-storage
systems and sensors, pulsed laser micromachining and deposition
for polymer substrates and combinatorial fatigue studies on
metals, and conformal antennae for unmanned vehicles and portable
He holds a 1994 bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics
from Haverford College and a 2000 Ph.D. in experimental condensed-matter
physics from Harvard University.
Patrick Cheridito was named assistant professor of
operations research and financial engineering.
A visiting research fellow at Princeton since last year,
he specializes in financial engineering.
He holds bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology in Zurich and is a recipient of the
Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award for his doctoral dissertation
titled "Regularizing fractional Brownian motion with
a view towards stock price modeling."
His areas of research interest are hedging under constraints,
risk measures, and fractional Brownian motion.
Mung Chiang has been appointed assistant professor
of electrical engineering. Previously he worked part-time
as a member of the technical staff at SBC Communications Inc.
while completing his 2003 Ph.D. in electrical engineering
at Stanford University.
He also holds a a 1999 bachelor's degree and a 2000 master's
degree from Stanford, where he was a Hertz graduate fellow,
a Stanford graduate fellow, and a National Science Foundation
fellow. Professor Chiang also received a New Technology Introduction
Contribution Award from SBC Communications.
His research interests are resource allocation in wireless
and high-speed networks; bandwidth allocation, congestion
control, and power control; information theory and stochastic
analysis of communication systems; convex optimization, distributed
algorithms and duality methods; and statistical physics interpretation
of interconnected information systems.
Jianqing Fan was named professor of operations research
and financial engineering.
A specialist in statistics, he has served as a faculty member
at the University of North Carolina and the Chinese University
of Hong Kong over the last 14 years.
He also has been chair of the statistics department of Chinese
University, where he received teaching awards in 2001 and
In addition, Professor Fan received the 2000 President's
Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.
He is a member of the International Statistical Institute
and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and
the American Statistical Association.
He served on the board of the International Chinese Statistical
Association from 2000 to 2002.
The author of three books, Professor Fan serves as associate
editor of The Annals of Statistics, the Journal of the American
Statistical Association, and Statistica Sinica.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Fudan University in
China, his master's degree from Academia Sinica in China,
and his doctoral degree from the University of California
His research interests are quantitative finance and risk
management, high-dimensional data analyses, likelihood theory,
nonparametric tests, wavelets, generalized linear models,
analysis of longitudinal data, nonlinear time series, model
selections, data-analytic modeling, survival analysis, and
Claire Gmachl was named associate professor of electrical
She comes to Princeton from Bell Laboratories at Lucent Technologies,
where she was a member of the technical staff in the Semiconductor
Physics Research Department.
Her research interests are quantum cascade lasers for analytic
spectroscopy, wireless and optical communications applications,
microcavity lasers with chaotic resonators, group-III nitride
devices, nonlinear optics in semiconductor heterostructures,
and technology transfer to industry.
Prior to Bell Labs, Professor Gmachl was an assistant professor
at the Institute for Solid State Electronics, Center of Microstructures
at the Technical University of Vienna in Austria.
Professor Gmachl has received numerous awards and honors,
including being named to the TR 100 list in the May 2002 issue
of Technology Review magazine from Massachussets Institute
of Technology, serving as a distinguished lecturer for IEEE/LEOS,
receiving the commendation for excellence in technical communications
from Laser Focus World Magazine, receiving the outstanding
performer award from the U.S. Department of Defense, and corecipient
of the NASA Group Achievement Award.
She received her B.Sc. in physics and mathematics and her
M.Sc. in physics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Her 1995 Ph.D. in electrical engineering is from the Technical
University of Munich and the Technical University of Vienna.
Vicky Henderson was named an assistant professor of
operations research and financial engineering.
A specialist in asset pricing, she has been a Noumra Research
Fellow at the University of Oxford since 2001.
She also has served as a senior research fellow at Warwick
Business School in England and a postdoctoral researcher at
the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
A graduate of the University of Technology in Australia,
she earned her doctorate in 1999 from the University of Bath
Her research interests are in the application of probability
theory and stochastic calculus to financial markets. The main
themes in her research are incomplete markets and exotic options,
including passports, jump-diffusion models, and stochastic
She also is interested in applications to financial economics,
including real options and executive compensation.
Nicholas Pippenger was named professor of computer
Professor Pippenger comes to Princeton from the University
of British Columbia, where he has been a professor since 1988.
In 2001 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Computer
From 1973 to 1989 he held positions as a research staff member
and a fellow at International Business Machines. Prior to
that he was a staff member at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory.
He is the author of Theories of Computability, published
by Cambridge University Press in 1997, and he has written
numerous papers on computational complexity theory, communications
network switching, and probability theory, among other topics.
Professor Pippenger received his B.S. from Shimer College
in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1974.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy
of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Professor Pippenger received the Incredible Instructor Award
from the UBC Computer Science Department in 1998 and was twice
named honorable mention for that award.
Olga Troyanskaya comes to Princeton as a joint appointment
in the Department of Computer Science and the Lewis-Sigler
Institute for Integrative Genomics. She joins as assistant
Professor Troyanskaya recently completed her Ph.D. in biomedical
informatics at Stanford University.
Her thesis title was "Improving the specificity of biological
signal detection from microarray data."
At Stanford, Professor Troyanskaya was a Howard Hughes Medical
Institute Predoctoral Fellow and a Stanford Graduate Fellow.
Her 1999 bachelor's degree in computer science and biology
is from the University of Richmond, where she received the
Maze Award for the most outstanding graduate.
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