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Dr. Usef Faghihi, Assistant Professor, Math & Computer Science

Dr. Usef Faghihi

Assistant Professor
Engineering

  • Experience in cognitive computer science, tutoring systems, educational gaming, artificial intelligence, and more
  • PhD, Cognitive Computer Science

Areas of Expertise
artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent tutoring systems, language processing

Background
I am currently working on many projects. One of them includes a gaming math tutoring system project to help students with math problems. As you know, thousands of math tutoring systems exist on the Internet, but none of them integrate the theories of fun and gamification to teach mathematics at the college level.

Research Interests
artificial intelligence, educational games, cognitive modeling, machine learning, intelligent tutoring systems, language processing

Education
Postdoctoral work, Cognitive Computer Science, University of Memphis
PhD, Computer Science, University of Quebec, Montreal

Fun Fact
I do meditation and swimming.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
Very friendly place to work. I am honored to collaborate with such great colleagues.

Contact Information
faghihiu@uindy.edu
Martin Hall 159

Dr. Octavian Nicolio

Associate Professor
Engineering

  • Published in several industry journals
  • PhD, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Expertise
computer graphics and scientific computing

Background
Teaching interests cover a wide range of topics in computer science and mathematics, such as computer graphics, computer networks, programming languages, etc. Research projects include visualization of computer algorithms. Has been published in several industry journals.

Research Interests
computer graphics, scientific computing

Education
PhD, Applied Mathematics, Wichita State University
MS, Computer Science, Indiana University
MA, Mathematics, Indiana University

Fun Fact
I enjoy traveling, hiking and listening to classical music.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
Motivated and enthusiastic students.

Contact Information
onicolio@uindy.edu
317-788-4922
Martin Hall 151

 

Dr. David Olawale

Assistant Professor
Engineering

Contact Information
olawaled@uindy.edu
317-788-3264
Martin Hall 157

Dr. José R. Sánchez

Director of Engineering Programs
Associate Professor of Physics & Earth-Space Science

  • Expertise in digital signal processing, embedded systems and ultrasonic imaging
  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Expertise
digital signal processing, embedded systems, ultrasonic imaging

Background
José received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he focused his research efforts on improving the quality of ultrasonic images using coded excitation techniques. He has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric, Ferroelectrics and Control, Advances in Acoustics and Vibration, Arthritis, and Ultrasonic Imaging. In 2011, José was the recipient of the Caterpillar, Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and became a senior member of IEEE.

Research Interests
biomedical imaging and devices; discrete-time signal processing; embedded systems (MCUs, DSPs, FPGAs); engineering education; image, multidimensional, multirate, and adaptive signal processing; real-time implementation of DSP; robotics

Education
PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Electrical Engineering, Bradley University
BS, Electrical Engineering, Bradley University

Fun Fact
I love to cook, specifically, international foods. Bonus fact: I love to read about US presidential history and colonial times.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The fact that UIndy is the right-sized institution, large enough to have resources,  yet small enough to feel like a family.

Contact Information
sanchezjr@uindy.edu
317-788-3657
Martin Hall 257

 

MD Rashedul Sarker

Assistant Professor
Engineering

Contact Information
sarkerm@uindy.edu
317-788-3264
Martin Hall 153

Dr. Stephen Spicklemire

Department Chair, Physics & Earth-Space Science
Associate Professor of Physics

Areas of Expertise
scientific computing, lasers and optics, instrumentation development

Background
Has been teaching physics at UIndy for more than 25 years. From the implementation of "flipped" physics class to the modernization of scientific computing and laboratory instrumentation courses, Steve has brought the strengths of his background in physics, engineering and computer science into the classroom. Steve also does IT and engineering consulting.

Steve is an active participant in several national research initiatives relating to improving physics education. These range from improving materials to help students prepare for class, to tracking student participation using handheld devices in the classroom. Steve is directing an effort to expand the Laser and Optics research in the department and developing a collaborative research program with the Laser and Optics Research Center at the US Air Force Academy, where he was a visiting professor during the academic years of 2011 and 2012. Steve has created a set of software libraries designed to help students make use of parallel computational resources without having to spend many hours learning lots of technical details of networking and task coordination. Finally, along with Dr. Duman, Steve has helped create a thriving Near Space physics research program at UIndy using high altitude balloons to deploy hundreds of experiments over the last five years. We continue to use Near Space Physics and high altitude ballooning as a way of introducing students to collaborative research, instrumentation development and a great deal of fun to boot!

Research Interests
physics education, lasers and optics, scientific computing, near-space physics and instrumentation

Education
PhD, Physics, California Institute of Technology
MS, Physics, California Institute of Technology
BS, Physics, minors in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Fun facts
I love music and theater, both as a performer and a member of the audience. Someday (possibly retirement) I hope to give these both more attention.

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy is a wonderful and supportive community of administrators, faculty and students. I love to go to work (almost) every day!

Contact Information
spicklemire@uindy.edu
317-788-3313
Martin Hall 263

Dr. Paul Talaga, Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science

Dr. Paul Talaga

Assistant Professor
Engineering

  • Expertise in cloud computing, big data, web security and robotics
  • PhD, Computer and Information Systems

Areas of Expertise
cloud computing, big data, web security, robotics

Background
Has a diverse technology background including artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing, and web security. His primary research interest lies in optimizing data locality in large computer and web systems. An award-winning teacher in the classroom, he has developed software to facilitate CS delivery and grading in computer science courses.

Research Interests
CS pedagogy, distributed coaching, distributed databases

Education
PhD, Computer and Information Systems, Syracuse University
MS, Computer Science, Syracuse University
BS, Math & Computer Science, St. Lawrence University

Fun Fact
I love all things outdors: hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The friendly people and great students!

Contact Information
talagap@uindy.edu
317-788-5023
Martin Hall 163


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