Paul Plassmann joined ECE as a professor. he comes from Penn State, where he directed the Scalable Scientific Computing Laboratory, was an undergraduate honors advisor, and helped develop a computational science and engineering minor. He also spent seven years as a computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He is an expert in scientific and numerical computing, and active in research projects totaling $9 million. He is an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communications (JACIC). He earned his M.S. in 1988 and Ph.D. in 1990 in applied mathematics from Cornell University, an M.S. in mathematical physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, and a B.S. in physics from Reed College in 1979.
Fei (Fred) Wang, CPES technical director, has been appointed an associate professor, after three years on the research faculty. His interests include the design, modeling, and control of power converters; motor drives; alternative energy; and aircraft and ship electric power systems. He has nine years' industrial experience with GE, in positions including R&D manager of the electrical systems and technologies, senior development engineer for drive systems, and power systems application engineer. He earned his Ph.D. in EE from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1990, then spent two years as a research scientist and instructor at USC's Electric Power Lab. He earned his MSEE in 1985 from USC and his BSEE in 1982 from Xi'an Jiaotong University, in China.
Yong Xu joined ECE in January as an assistant professor. He comes from Caltech, where he was a postdoctoral scholar. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 2001 and an undergraduate degree in applied physics with a mathematics minor from the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1985. Xu's research interests include photonic crystals, computational electrodynamics, and nanophotonics. his accomplishments include proposing the concept of Bragg onion resonators and establishing the theoretical analysis framework for a new type of optical waveguides: coupled resonator optical waveguides (CROWs). Immediately after earning his Ph.D., Xu was a research scientist at Orbits Lightwave, Inc., and a visiting scholar at Caltech.