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CEC welcomes new faculty for 2022-2023 academic year

Five new faculty will join the College of Engineering and Computing for the 2022-2023 academic year. In addition, former research assistant professors Golareh Jalilvand and Wout De Backer have been elevated to assistant professors. The new professors bring several years of research and teaching experience in computer science, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. 

Computer Science and Engineering

Robert Bailey – Instructor

I’m excited to increase the knowledge and future incomes of UofSC students. 

-Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey has worked at Dominion Energy since 2006 with his current title as senior program analyst. Some of his responsibilities include lead developer and web server administrator. Bailey previously developed training programs for Blue Cross, Blue Shield of South Carolina and Computer Education Services Corporation. 

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of South Carolina. 

Natasha Delahunt - Instructor

UofSC feels like home, and I can't wait to be back.

Natasha Delahunt

Natasha Delahunt was most recently an instructor in the Department of Math and Computer Science at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina from 2018 to 2022. Some of the courses she taught included, Introduction to Concepts, Fundamentals of Programming, and Introduction to Information Assurance. At Claflin, Delahunt was also involved in Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning as an approach to teaching computer science. Its intention was to increase student learning and retention, particularly for students from underrepresented populations. 

Delahunt received a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of South Carolina in 1997. After working in the film industry in Los Angeles for five years, she returned to UofSC and earned her master’s degree in software engineering and a graduate certificate in cyber security in 2017. 

Brian Hipp – Instructor

I am eagerly anticipating the opportunities that lie ahead as a new instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I am most looking forward to being on campus and interacting with students in the classroom.

Brian Hipp

Brian Hipp has previously taught several classes at Winthrop University as an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences and as a math instructor. From 2016 to 2021, he was the director of business intelligence and data management at Winthrop, where he maintained four homegrown web applications. He also led projects to rewrite the applications for documenting faculty credentials, course syllabi and academic program assessments across the university. 

Hipp most recently served as a business intelligence analyst at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Working with the WebFOCUS servers, he installed upgrades, managed client and application servers, and revised, fixed and developed new WebFOCUS reports and visualizations. 

Hipp received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University and his master’s degree in mathematics from UofSC.  

Chemical Engineering

Golareh Jalilvand – Assistant Professor

Golareh Jalilvand was promoted to assistant professor in August 2022. She most recently served as a research assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research interests include hierarchical structures of materials for the next generation of high-performance batteries, and flexible and wearable energy storage technology. Prior to arriving in Columbia, she was a graduate research assistant at the University of Central Florida’s Microelectronics Fabrication and Reliability lab. Jalilvand has worked on projects that include structural cathodes for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries, materials processing for the new generation of separators and electrodes in lithium-based batteries, and nano-/microfabrication of three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D ICs). 

Jalilvand received her master’s degree in material sciences and engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and earned her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2020.   

Mechanical Engineering

Stanley Ling – Associate Professor

The research of the college is growing rapidly. I am most impressed with the interdisciplinary research collaboration across departments, which has effectively strengthened the key focus areas of the college.

Stanley Ling

Stanley Ling most recently served as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University from 2017 to 2022. He was named a Baylor University 2018-19 Rising Star and taught undergraduate and graduate courses including, Advanced Thermodynamics, and Advanced numerical methods for multiphase flows. Prior to Baylor, Ling was a postdoctoral researcher at Sorbonne Université in Paris.  

Ling’s research interests include multiphase flows, atomization and sprays, and microfluids. In 2020, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research, “Impact of Inlet Conditions on Interfacial Instability and Spray Formation: High-Fidelity Simulation, Characterization, and Sub-Grid Modeling.” Ling’s other current research projects include airblast atomization with a turbulent gas inlet, and the aerobreakup of evaporating droplets.

Ling earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

Wout De Backer – Assistant Professor

Wout De Backer was promoted to assistant professor in January 2022. He most recently served as research assistant professor and post-doctoral researcher. De Backer’s responsibilities continue to include serving as an instructor for aerospace systems and aircraft design and previously taught the aerospace senior design course.

He was also program manager for the Robotic Additive Manufacturing team at the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. His work involved developing, programming, and integration of industrial robots and automation systems as well as research and development on thermoplastic composite manufacturing. In 2016, he was awarded as one of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Aviation Week’s 20 Twenties, as one of tomorrow’s aerospace leaders for his contributions to the aerospace field, scientific research and the broader community. 

De Backer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a focus on robotic additive manufacturing, from UofSC in 2017. 

Junsoo Lee – Assistant Professor

I enjoy learning about exciting research not only in my area but also in many different fields within the college. I believe the cooperative, supportive and creative research environment of the CEC is making this great productivity possible. I look forward to working with amazing colleagues and students.

Junsoo Lee

Junsoo Lee comes to UofSC after serving as a graduate research and teaching assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering. He was also a graduate research assistant at the Seoul National University in Korea in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

While at Seoul National University, Lee was part of a research project on Korea augmentation satellite system and helped to develop a new guidance system for the satellite system for the Korean government. He also examined complexity and thermodynamics in large scale network aerospace dynamical systems at Georgia Tech. 

Lee received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Seoul National University. He earned his Ph.D. in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Georgia Tech in August 2022.

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