Meet the ICDS Team

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee advises ICDS leadership on prioritization of activities such as co-hiring, seed funding, internal development of centers, and training and education. This group includes faculty and IT professionals from across the university.

Kofi Adu

Adu

Kofi Adu

  • Associate Professor of Physics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Physics

Office: 103C Sheetz Family Health Center, Penn State Altoona

Email: cxa269@psu.edu

Phone: 814-940-3335

Research Focuses: Computation and simulation at nanoscale of interfacial effects on properties of composites; using nanoscale interfacial engineering to enhance properties of ultraconductors

Website: Visit Kofi's Website

 

Guido Cervone

Cervone

Guido Cervone

  • Professor of Geography and Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
  • Associate Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Geography

Office: 205 Walker Building, University Park

Email: cervone@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0179

Research Focuses: Remote sensing, environmental hazards, geoinformatics, social media

Website: Visit Guido's Website

 

Chen

Pinlei Chen

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 215C Sackett Building

Email: pzc216@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4026

Research Focuses: Structural Engineering and Mechanics Computational mechanics Stabilized method Multiphysics problems

Website: Visit Pinlei's Website

 

Doug Cowen

Cowen

Doug Cowen

  • Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Office: 104 Davey Laboratory, University Park

Email: cowen@phys.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-5943

Research Focuses: Particle astrophysics, neutrinos, neutrino detection

Website: Visit Doug's Website

 

Davenport

Emily Davenport

  • Assistant Professor
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Biology

Office: 305 Wartik Laboratory

Email: exd44@psu.edu

Research Focuses: The Davenport lab seeks to understand the complex relationship humans have with our microbiomes. What determines gut microbiome composition? Does the microbiome affect our health? What's the evolutionary relationship humans have with our microbiomes? We answer these questions using a genomic perspective, with high-throughput microbiome and metagenomic sequencing technologies and novel computational and statistical techniques.

Website: Visit Emily's Website

 

Davis

Felecia Davis

  • Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Carey Memorial Early Career Professor in the Arts
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Architecture

Office: 418 Stuckeman

Email: fadav@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2452

Research Focuses: Computational textiles or textiles that respond to commands through computer programming, electronics, and sensors for use in architecture. Responsive textiles used in lightweight shelters will transform how we communicate, socialize, and use space.

Website: Visit Felecia's Website

 

Erickson

Seth Erickson

  • Software Curation Librarian
  • ICDS Associate

Department: University Libraries

Office: Research Informatics and Publishing

Email: sre53@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-1580

Research Focuses: Open Science, Scientific Computing, Science and Technology Studies

Website: Visit Seth's Website

 

Jenni Evans

Evans

Jenni Evans

  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Office: 509 Walker Building, University Park

Email: Jenni.Evans@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3240

Research Focuses: Climate, numerical weather prediction, tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, statistical meteorology, convection studies

Website: Visit Jenni's Website

 

Fast

Stephen Fast

  • Cyber Innovation Strategy Lead
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Applied Research Laboratory

Office: 5300A ARL Building, University ParkElectromagnetic Propagation, Radio Meteorology, RF Modeling and Simulation, EM Computational Techniques, Numerical Modeling, Software Engineering

Email: saf8@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2425

Research Focuses: Electromagnetic propagation, radio meteorology, RF modeling and simulation, EM computational techniques, numerical modeling, software engineering

 

Wayne Figurelle

Figurelle

Wayne Figurelle

  • Assistant Director

Office: 224D Computer Building

Email: wfigure@psu.edu

Phone: 814-777-2965

 

Karen Fisher Vanden

Fisher-Vanden

Karen Fisher-Vanden

  • Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Agricultural Economics

Office: 113 Armsby Building, University Park

Email: kaf26@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2752

Research Focuses: Economic and integrated assessment modeling for climate change policy analysis; economic instruments for pollution control; technology development in developing countries and implications for energy use and carbon emissions

Website: Visit Karen's Website

 

Fodor

Zoltan Fodor

  • Professor of Physics
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Email: zxf5098@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Research interests include elementary particle and nuclear physics, fundamental quark and hadron properties, quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and QCD at non-vanishing temperatures and densities.

 

Greatrex

Helen Greatrex

  • Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing and Geostatistics
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Geography; Statistics

Email: hlg5155@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1596

Research Focuses: Interactions between humans and rainfall, impact of rainfall on livelihoods, the nature of rainfall and its measurements, and sparse data environments.

Website: Visit Helen's Website

 

Steven Greybush

Greybush

Steven Greybush

  • Associate Professor of Meteorology
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Office: 618 Walker Building, University Park

Email: sjg213@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-4926

Research Focuses: Data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, weather and climate of Mars, atmospheric modeling, ensemble forecasting predictability, statistical and artificial intelligence applications

Website: Visit Steven's Website

 

Guler

Ilgin Guler

  • Assistant Professor
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 221B Sackett Building

Email: sig123@psu.edu

Research Focuses: statistical analysis of transportation data, multi-modal urban traffic operations and control, intelligent transportation systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, and infrastructure management

Website: Visit Ilgin's Website

 

Hall

Molly Hall

  • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Office: 512A Wartik Lab

Email: mah546@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-0794

Research Focuses: Genomics, Human Genetics, Exposome, Genetic Interactions (Epistasis), Gene-Environment Interactions, Complex Disease, Precision Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, Metabolomics

Website: Visit Molly's Website

 

Hao

Wenrui  Hao

  • Assistant Professor
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Math

Office: 208 McAllister Building

Email: wxh64@psu.edu

Phone: (814)865-3881

Research Focuses: The focus of my research is on modeling and scientific computing for math problems in biology. In particular, I study problems in atherosclerosis, fibrosis, tumor growth, cell cycle control using both stochastic and deterministic approaches. The mathematical tools that I use include ODEs, PDEs, numerical algebraic geometry, uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis, bifurcation analysis, and computational methods

Website: Visit Wenrui 's Website

 

Michael Hillman

Hillman

Michael Hillman

  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 224A Sackett Buliding, University Park

Email: mzh226@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0623

Research Focuses: Computational mechanics; extreme events modeling

Website: Visit Michael's Website

 

Vasant Honavar

Honavar

Vasant Honavar

  • Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Associate Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 301A Westgate Building, University Park

Email: vuh14@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3141

Research Focuses: Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, big data analytics, bioinformatics and computational molecular and systems biology, discovery informatics, knowledge representation and semantic web, applied information integration and informatics

Website: Visit Vasant's Website

 

Hu

Margaret Hu

  • Associate Dean for Non-JD Programs
  • Professor of Law
  • Professor of International Affairs
  • Faculty of the Institute for Network and Security Research, College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Penn State Law

Email: mkh6004@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights.

Website: Visit Margaret's Website

 

Hu

Yuqing Hu

  • Assistant Professor in Architectural Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Architectural Engineering

Email: yfh5204@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Dr. Hu's research is focused on building construction.

Website: Visit Yuqing's Website

 

Huang

Sharon Huang

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Office: E317 Westgate Building

Email: suh972@ist.psu.edu

Phone: (814) 863-7235

Research Focuses: Her research interests are in the areas of biomedical image analysis, computer vision, and machine learning, focusing on methods for object recognition, image segmentation, image synthesis, registration/matching, tracking, skeletonization, computer-assisted diagnosis and intervention. Her broader interests include computer graphics, artificial intelligence, data mining, biomedical informatics, HCI, and visualization.

Website: Visit Sharon's Website

 

Huang

Jingzhi Huang

  • Professor of Finance and Mathematics
  • Faculty Chair in Finance
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Finance

Office: 350 Business Building

Email: Email Address jxh56@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-0032

Research Focuses: Credit risk, Fixed-income markets, Derivatives markets, Mutual funds and Hedge funds, and machine learning

Website: Visit Jingzhi's Website

 

David Hughes

Hughes

David Hughes

  • Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security
  • Huck Chair in Global Food Security
  • Professor of Entomology and Biology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Entomology

Office: W249 Millennium Science Complex

Email: dhughes@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6073

Research Focuses: Global food security

Website: Visit David's Website

 

David Hunter

Hunter

David Hunter

  • Professor of Statistics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Statistics

Office: 310 Thomas Building

Email: drh20@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1348

Research Focuses: Statistical models for networks, "statnet" suite of packages for network analysis in R, EM-like algorithms

Website: Visit David's Website

 

Maurie Kelly

Kelly

Maurie Kelly

  • Senior Research Associate, Penn State Institutes of the Environment
  • Director of Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access and Informatics
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Institute for Energy and the Environment

Office: 0117 Land and Water Research, University Park

Email: mck4@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0104

Research Focuses: Managing and providing public access to data, supporting public access to government information, the intersection of big data and citizen science

 

Yongsoo Kim

Kim

Yongsoo Kim

  • Associate Professor
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Office: H109 Neural & Behavioral Science

Email: yuk17@psu.edu

Phone: 717-531-8264

Research Focuses: Structural and functional organization of the mammalian brain The neural circuit basis of social behavior and its dysfunction in brain disorder

Website: Visit Yongsoo's Website

 

Abdullah Konak

Konak

Abdullah Konak

  • Distinguished Professor of Information Science and Technology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 212 Gaige Building, Penn State Berks

Email: konak@psu.edu

Phone: 610-396-6310

Research Focuses: Modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex systems using computational intelligence combined with techniques from statistics, operations research, and machine learning

Website: Visit Abdullah's Website

 

Kulikowich

Jonna Kulikowich

  • Professor of Education
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Office: 306 CEDAR Building

Email: jmk35@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2401

Research Focuses: Academic development in mathematics and statistics, applied statistics, and measurement of variables in reading research.

Website: Visit Jonna's Website

 

Soundar Kumara

Kumara

Soundar Kumara

Department: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Office: 222 Leonard Building, University Park

Email: skumara@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2359

Research Focuses: Intelligent systems, sensor data representation and fusion, process data monitoring and diagnostics; smart manufacturing; graph analytics; big data analytics

Website: Visit Soundar's Website

 

Xiao Liu

Liu

Xiao Liu

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Office: 315 Hallowell Building, University Park

Email: xxl213@engr.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4419

Research Focuses: Multi-modal neuroimaging techniques, computational neuroscience, brain activity and consciousness, network dynamics of the brain, neural basis of resting-state fMRI connectivity

 

Luo

Liying Luo

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • ICDS Associate

Office: 714 Oswald Tower

Email: liyingluo@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0147

Research Focuses: The interaction of aging, social change, and population processes with social institutions, such as schools and family, to produce inequality and disparities Identifying trajectories and explaining trends in health, cognitive, and mortality outcomes.

Website: Visit Liying's Website

 

Ma

Hong Ma

  • Professor of Biology
  • Huck Distinguished Research Professor of Plant Molecular Biology
  • Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Office: 517 Thomas Building

Email: hxm16@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-5343

Research Focuses: Molecular Genetics of Plant Reproductive Development; Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics of Angiosperms and Other Eukaryote

Website: Visit Hong's Website

 

Kamesh Madduri

Madduri

Kamesh Madduri

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: W312 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: madduri@cse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-0883

Research Focuses: Combinatorial scientific computing; scalable scientific data analysis and management, parallel graph algorithms, applications to computational biology, social network analysis

Website: Visit Kamesh's Website

 

Mallory

Stewart Mallory

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Chemistry

Email: sam7808@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Computational theoretical materials

Website: Visit Stewart's Website

 

Burt Monroe

Monroe

Burt Monroe

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Director of the Quantitative Social Science Initiative
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Political Science

Office: 230 Pond Lab, University Park

Email: blm24@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-9215

Research Focuses: Comparative politics, examining the impact of electoral and legislative institutions on political behavior and outcomes, and social science methodology, examining the development and application of Bayesian methods, statistical learning, and statistical graphics to social science problems

Website: Visit Burt's Website

 

Karen Murphy

Murphy

Karen Murphy

  • Professor of Education (Educational Psychology)
  • Harry and Marion Eberly Faculty Fellow
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Educational Psychology

Office: 102 Cedar Building, University Park

Email: pkm15@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2278

Research Focuses: Processes underlying students' abilities to read and understand text and content, to critically examine and evaluate the information presented, and to make reasoned judgments as a result of reading

Website: Visit Karen's Website

 

William Noid

Noid

William Noid

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Chemistry

Office: 528 Chemistry Building, University Park

Email: wnoid@chem.psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2387

Research Focuses: Theoretical/computational chemistry, theoretical/computational biophysics/biochemistry, theoretical molecular biology, unfolded and intrinsically disordered proteins, bioinformatics, knowledge-based coarse-grained modeling, many-body structural correlations, inverse problems in statistical mechanics, quantum/classical correspondence in vibrational spectroscopy, ultrafast spectroscopy, classical nonlinear response theory

Website: Visit William's Website

 

Bing Pan

Pan

Bing Pan

  • Associate Professor of Commercial and Recreational Tourism
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Office: 704M Ford Building, University Park

Email: bingpan@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-2900

Research Focuses: The use of big data, in the forms of GPS locations, social media content, search engine queries, to understand, monitor, and forecast behavior of tourists to destinations or visitors to parks

Website: Visit Bing's Website

 

Chuck Pavloski

Pavloski

Chuck Pavloski

Office: 222C Computer Building

Email: cfp102@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3094

 

Peco Regales

Christian Peco Regales

  • Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • ICDS Associate

Email: cxp598@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-0253

Research Focuses: Interdisciplinary research that explores problems in biomechanics and materials science with the long-term objective placed on the active control of soft materials, such as lipid bilayers, to create bioinspired soft nanomachinery.

Website: Visit Christian's Website

 

Reinhart

Wes Reinhart

  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Office: 303 Steidle Building

Email: reinhart@psu.edu

Research Focuses: Research interest includes engineered materials, statistical mechanics, and light-matter interactions, software prototyping and algorithm design for many computing architectures.

Website: Visit Wes's Website

 

Susan Sinnott

Sinnott

Susan Sinnott

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Office: 221A Steidle Building, University Park

Email: sinnott@matse.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3117

Research Focuses: Computational materials design; chemical modification of polymer and composite surfaces; the influence of grain boundaries, point defects, and heterogeneous interfaces on materials properties

Website: Visit Susan's Website

 

Sparrow

Jennifer Sparrow

  • Deputy CIO
  • Associate Vice President Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • ICDS Associate

Email: jls997@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0421

Research Focuses: Technology-enhanced teaching and learning

Website: Visit Jennifer's Website

 

Szpiech

Zachary Szpiech

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Biology

Research Focuses: Understanding how populations evolve, adapt, and survive by examining how evolutionary processes relate to population health and the genetic basis of complex traits.

Website: Visit Zachary's Website

 

Gang Tan

Tan

Gang Tan

  • Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: W358 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: gxt29@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-7364

Research Focuses: Software security; programming languages; computer security; software engineering; formal methods; program verification

Website: Visit Gang's Website

 

Taylor

Jim Taylor

  • Interim Associate CIO Research
  • ICDS Associate

Email: jlt41@psu.edu

 

Villar

Ashley Villar

  • Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Research Focuses: Research interests include the deaths of stars through collisions and explosions and how these events inform our understanding of the late-stages of stellar evolution.

Website: Visit Ashley's Website

 

Christelle Wauthier

Wauthier

Christelle Wauthier

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • ICDS Co-Hire

Department: Geosciences

Office: 311 Deike Building, University Park

Email: cuw25@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6649

Research Focuses: Magma and volcanic processes; natural hazards; magma-tectonic interactions; remote-sensing and InSAR

Website: Visit Christelle's Website

 

John Yen

Yen

John Yen

  • University Professor of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Director, Strategic Research Initiatives, College of Information Sciences & Technology
  • Director, Laboratory for Intelligent Agents
  • ICDS Associate

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: E359 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: jyen@ist.psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-6179

Research Focuses: Intelligent agents; artificial intelligence; soft computing; bioinformatics

Website: Visit John's Website