Faculty

Data Sciences is an interdisciplinary program featuring faculty from across our campus. 

Biological Sciences

Stephen Techtmann

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics/computational biology
  • Microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • Microbes as sensors for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production
  • Microbially-mediated remediation of crude oil contamination
  • Sustainability and plastic biodegradation

Paul D. Goetsch

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Genomics / Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Developmental Biology
  • Transcriptional Biology
  • Cancer Biology

Xiaohu (Mark) Tang

  • Assistant Professor
  • Dept. of Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cancer Genetics and Metabolism
  • Mechanisms of Cancer Initiation and Progression
  • Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Interactions of Diet and Nutrition with Cancer

Chemistry

Sarah A. Green

  • Interim Department Chair, Chemistry
  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Youth engagement in climate policy
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • Integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

R. Andrew Swartz, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Shane T. Mueller

  • Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Computational Modeling
  • Recognitional Decision Making
  • Perceptual and Memory Processes
  • Representations of Cultural Knowledge

Computer Science

Laura E. Brown

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Data Science Graduate Program

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Mining and Data Science
  • Applications of AI and ML to Energy (microgrids, power systems), Health, and other domains

Timothy C. Havens

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • William and Gloria Jackson Professor

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection

Jianhui Yue

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating System
  • System Optimization of Big Data Process

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Timothy C. Havens

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • William and Gloria Jackson Professor

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Thomas Oommen

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring
  • Machine Learning

Information Technology

Mathematics

Benjamin W. Ong

  • Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Undergraduate Advisor (Business Analytics, Math + CS)

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Scientific computing
  • Numerical PDEs
  • Parallel Computing
  • Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Dimension Reduction

Yeonwoo Rho

  • Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Time Series Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Bootstrap/Resampling

Research Interests

  • Unit Root Testing
  • Mixed Frequency Data
  • Clustering using Penalized Regression

Qiuying Sha

  • Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Statistical Genetics
  • Applied Statistics
Allan Struthers
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
—Theodore Roosevelt

Allan A. Struthers

  • Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Algorithms that can be parallelized on GPUs
  • Applications of differential equations to science and engineering

Kui Zhang

  • Dave House Endowed Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Statistical Genetics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Applied Statistics

Xiao Zhang

  • Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Bayesian computation
  • Missing data analysis
  • Longitudinal and multivariate data analysis
  • Survival analysis
  • Multi-state modeling
  • Statistical genetics

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Susanta Ghosh

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty member of Center for Data Sciences at the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)
  • Faculty member of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Postdoctoral Research Experience

  • Duke University, Durham
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona

Research Expertise

  • Bayesian Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Scientific Machine Learning
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Materials Modeling
  • Biomedical Imaging and Inverse Problems

Physics

Robert J. Nemiroff

  • University Professor
  • Professor, Physics

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Smartphones as science sensors
  • Cosmology
  • Gravitation
  • Relativistic Illumination Fronts

Xin Xi

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Process-based modeling of the sources, transformation, transport, and sinks of atmospheric particulate matter and gases, and their impact on climate and air quality

  • Interactions between changes in land-cover/land-use and atmospheric compositions

  • Remote sensing science and applications in environmental mapping, modeling, and monitoring

  • Synergy between physically-based modeling and machine learning in climate and air quality research

School of Business and Economics

Mari W. Buche

  • Associate Dean, College of Business
  • Professor of Management Information Systems, College of Business
  • Affiliated Professor, Data Science

Teaching Interests

  • Information Systems/Technology Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • User-Centered Design 

Research Interests

  • Impact of IS/IT change on end users
  • Management of IS/IT workers
  • Computer Anxiety and Computer Self-Efficacy
  • Mentoring using Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Various de facto Standards (i.e. Information Technology Infrastructure Library – ITIL)

Jeffrey Wall

  • Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Business Process Analysis
  • AI and machine learning for business
  • Information Security
  • Systems analysis and design

Research Interests

  • Information security behavior
  • Power and control
  • Individual and organizational deviance
  • Business applications for AI and machine learning

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science 

Hairong Wei
"We are doing excellent job in describing how an individual gene functions, but not how life functions. Systems biology is to fill this gap."

Hairong Wei

  • Professor
  • Editor-in-Chief, Forestry Research (ForRes): http://www.maxapress.com/journal/forres
  • Affiliated Professor, Department of Computer Science & Department of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification of genes regulating complex traits via systems biology approaches
  • Gene expression data analysis
  • Gene network construction and decomposition
  • Developing software for mining large-scale biological data
  • Genomics of wood formation

College of Computing

Guy C. Hembroff

  • Associate Professor, Applied Computing
  • Director, Health Informatics Graduate Program
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Data Science

Research Interests

  • Human Health-focused ML/DL and Computer Vision
  • Large-scale Cybersecurity architectures
  • mHealth
  • Biometric development
  • Intelligent medical devices

Links of Interest

Personal Webpage

Teaching Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Medical/Health Informatics
  • Data Science
  • Network Engineering

Social Sciences 

Mark D. Rouleau

  • Associate Professor, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Social simulation (agent-based modeling)
  • Policy analysis
  • International relations
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Norm evolution and social influence
  • STEM education evaluation
  • Research design and methods