Meet Pratt's New Faculty for 2015-2016

October 22, 2015

Meet faculty joining the Pratt School of Engineering during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Joel Collier: Nudging Immunological Responses
Joel Collier will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the spring semester of 2016. With a long history of designing self-assembling synthetic peptides and proteins, Collier will bring his foundation in basic science to Duke with the hopes of making an impact in a clinical setting.

Olivier Delaire: Designing Thermoelectric Materials One Atom at a Time
Olivier Delaire will be Pratt's first faculty member with a joint appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While building bridges between the two institutions, Delaire will analyze how neutrons interact with a material on an atomic scale to learn about its atomic structures give rise to desirable properties.

Ken Gall: Making Materials for Biomedical Applications
Ken Gall will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science as both a professor and its chair. As an entrepreneur and former startup leader, he plans to help grow the department while offering faculty opportunities to bring technologies to market.

Miroslav Pajic: Making Smart Systems that Interact with the World
Miroslav Pajic, an expert in cyber-physical systems, will join Duke as an assistant professor in July 2015. With a history of making the electronics embedded in the world around us connect and work together to safely interact with the physical world, Pajic will continue his focus on biomedical and automotive environments.

Amanda Randles: Computing Complex Biological Systems
Amanda Randles has spent years developing computer models of how blood, particles and cells travel through our veins and arteries, and will work with Duke Medicine physicians to identify the best ways to treat patients with ailments like aneurysms, cancer and coronary artery disease on a case-by-case basis.

Xiling Shen: An Engineering Approach to Biomedical Challenges
Xiling Shen will join the biomedical engineering department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering in July 2015. An electrical circuit and computer systems expert by training, Shen applies his engineering background to understand the complex regulatory networks behind biological systems and diseases.