University of Vermont

Distinguished Scholars Join Faculty

After international searches, we are very proud to announce that the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences has recently hired the following distinguished scholars.


Jeffrey S. MarshallJeffrey S. Marshall, Director
School of Engineering
Professor Marshall has BS and MS degrees from UCLA and a PhD from UC-Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering. Marshall has been a visiting professor at the Institut de Méchanique des Fluides de Toulouse in France and was most currently professor and chair of the mechanical engineering department at the University of Iowa.

Professor Marshall's research interests are in the general field of fluid dynamics with particular focus in the area of vortices. He has over 50 refereed journal articles, has supervised nearly 20 graduate theses and has authored a textbook, Inviscid Incompressible Flow, published by John Wiley and Sons. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering. Professor Marshall begins his duties in the Fall of 2006.

Lisa Aultman-Hall Lisa Aultman-Hall, Director / Professor
National University Transportation Center / School of Engineering

Professor Aultman-Hall was most recently director of the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut where she was also an associate professor. She is nationally recognized for her work in transportation safety, vehicle behavior, freight transportation planning and tailpipe emission modeling. Prior to joining the faculty at UCONN, Professor Aultman-Hall was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. She holds a BE from McMaster University (Canada), an MS from Queen's University (Canada), and a PhD from McMaster University, all in civil engineering.

Bernard (Chip) F. Cole, Professor / Director of Statistics Program
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

Professor Cole has BA, MA and PhD degrees in mathematics all from Boston University. He is currently associate professor of community and family medicine (biostatistics) at Dartmouth Medical School, adjunct professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College, and director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource, Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Professor Cole's primary research interests concern the development and application of statistical methods for incorporating quality-of-life considerations in the evaluation of cancer treatments. He has made broad contributions to the development of statistical methods and, through collaboration with medical investigators, to their application to real world problems. His collaborative work has appeared in such journals as New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and Journal of the National Cancer Institute. His statistical research has been published in Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrics and Statistics in Medicine, among others. Professor Cole will begin his duties in the Fall of 2007.

Josh Bongard Josh Bongard, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer Science

Professor Bongard joins us from the Computational Synthesis Laboratory in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell where he was a postdoctoral associate working on robotic self-learning and self-construction methods.

Professor Bongard received his BSc with Honours from the Department of Computer Science and Systems at McMaster University in Canada, including a semester abroad at Oxford where he studied British literature. He returned to the UK to earn his MSc with Distinction in evolutionary and adaptive systems at the University of Sussex, with a thesis entitled "Evolving Heterogeneity: Implications for Agent-Based Systems and Collective Problem Solving," after which he attended the Santa Fe Institute's 1999 Summer School on Complex Systems. He then moved to the University of Zurich where he received a combined doctoral appointment in 2003 from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Software Engineering Group, with a thesis entitled "Incremental Approaches to the Combined Evolution of a Robot's Body and Brain."

Professor Bongard has an impressive research record, having 26 published articles, several of them already highly cited, in prestigious journals and conferences, such as the Journal of Machine Learning Research, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life. His paper presented at the International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior was awarded the prize of Best Paper. His research on evolvable robots has been funded by NASA, and was featured in New Scientist magazine. He is also the coauthor on two books scheduled to appear in 2006: Co-evolutionary Methods: For System Design and Analysis in Engineering (Cambridge University Press) and How the Body Shapes the Way We Think (MIT Press) . Professor Bongard is on the program committee for the Complexity through Development and Self-Organizing Representations Workshop to be held at GECCO 2006, and is helping to organize the 50th Anniversary Summit of Artificial Intelligence to be held in Switzerland in the summer of 2006.

Christopher Danforth Christopher Danforth, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

Professor Danforth is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park (the #1-ranked chaos group according to US-News & World Report), where he worked with James Yorke and Eugenia Kalney. While there, he won the "Spotlight on Graduate Research" award. His early research was on bifurcations in fluid flow. He is currently studying theoretical, experimental and numerical modeling of physical systems relating to earth science with a focus on modeling weather. He is especially interested in estimating and correcting model deficiencies based on their past performances, as witnessed by his work on the failure to predict the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Peter Sheridan Dodds Peter Sheridan Dodds, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

Professor Dodds has a BSc in electrical engineering and a BSc in mathematics and physics as well as an MSc in mathematics and physics, all from the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in mathematics from MIT, where he worked in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences on the geometry of river networks. Since receiving his PhD, he has been an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. Most recently, he has been the Assistant Director of the Collective Dynamics Group in the Institute for Social and Economic Research & Policy at Columbia.

Professor Dodds is trained in mathematical geophysics and is now working in complex systems and networks. His best known work is in the mathematical and empirical foundations of the "small world" network, which has led to two publications in Science and two papers in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also studied the spread of biological contagions, and has studied the spread of social ideas as contagions. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Reuters, The Associated Press, and CNN.

Douglas Fletcher, Professor
School of Engineering

Professor Fletcher graduated from the University of Vermont in 1979 with a BS in engineering. He received an MS in mechanical engineering (1984) and a PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering (1989) from the University of Virginia. Following completion of his doctoral work, Professor Fletcher joined the NASA Ames Research Center where he worked in the Experimental Fluid Dynamics Branch and the Reacting Flow Environments Branch. In addition to winning numerous awards within NASA, he was named an Associate Fellow of AIAA for his outstanding work.

In 2000, Fletcher became a Professor of the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department at the world famous von Karman Institute (VKI) in Belgium, and became head of that department in 2004. VKI, which is one of the most prestigious aerospace research facilities in the world, is an international research and training organization that offers a 9-month diploma program in the post-graduate study of fluid dynamics in a number of disciplines, and provides facilities for doctoral research. At VKI Professor Fletcher developed an optical diagnostics laboratory to research laser spectroscopic techniques for characterizing various types of hypersonic flow. He has led research teams that have directly supported the joint US-Europe Mars Sample Return mission (Mars Premiere), the US-Europe mission to Saturn and its moon Titan (Cassini-Huygens), and the development of hypersonic flight vehicles.

Jane HillJane Hill, Assistant Professor
School of Engineering

Professor Hill, an Australian native, holds a BS in chemical engineering and an MS in environmental management and policy, both from RPI. She is a recent graduate from the department of chemical engineering at Yale University with a PhD in environmental engineering. She will be completing a yearlong post-doc at Yale then will be joining CEMS in Fall 2007.

Professor Hill has many honors to her credit, among which are an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Research Award from the American Chemical Society, and the Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Award. Professor Hill's research interests cover a wide variety of topics including organic phosphorous cycling, bacterial movement and adhesion, microfluidics, and environmental proteomics and MEMS.

Paul HinesPaul Hines, Assistant Professor
School of Engineering

Professor Hines joins us from the Engineering and Public Policy Program at Carnegie Mellon University where he was a doctoral student working on the application of complex systems methods to power systems and their public policy impact.

Professor Hines received his BS from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Seattle Pacific University and an MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. Following his MS, he worked for Millennium Relief and Development Services in southern Beirut, where he designed and managed a computer laboratory for a community center and taught an Internet course, with materials in Arabic and English.

Professor Hines started the PhD program in Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and recently completed his PhD in Spring 2007. While at Carnegie Mellon, Paul worked on a method to control the spread of cascading failures in electrical power networks using an agent-based model he developed. He also worked with the Reliability Group of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on problems related to nuclear power plant operations in the United States, and found evidence that some plants are being operated at excessive risk. Professor Hines will begin his duties on December 1, 2007.

Britt Holmén Britt Holmén, Associate Professor
School of Engineering

Professor Holmén is a nationally recognized scholar with research foci in the areas of environmental particle interfacial chemistry, on-road vehicle particle emissions and nonpoint source airborne particle generation and transport. She holds a BA in environmental science and geology from Colby College, an MS in geological oceanography from the University of Washington, and a PhD in environmental engineering from MIT. Most recently, Professor Holmén was an associate professor at the University of Connecticut and an associate adjunct professor at UC-Davis. She has many honors to her credit, including the prestigious NSF CAREER award.

John Voight, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

Professor Voight graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, with a BS in mathematics and received his PhD from UC-Berkeley in 2005, where he worked with distinguished mathematician and Spinoza award-winner Hendrik W. Lenstra, Jr. While at UC-Berkeley, he was supported by a NSF VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education) award and an NSF Graduate Research fellowship.

Professor Voight's research is in computational algebraic geometry and computational number theory. After studying the computational groundwork for Shimura Curves defined by quaternion algebras with the MAGMA Computational Algebra Group at the University of Sydney, where he is a Visiting Scholar, he will hold a post-doc position at the Center for Scientific Computation at the University of Minnesota. He will join CEMS in Fall 2007.