Four faculty members join staff
The Smull College of Engineering welcomed four new professors who bring a wealth of knowledge and energy to campus.
Dr. Alexandra Coman, assistant professor of computer science
Dr. Alexandra Coman encourages class interaction and makes her courses challenging and cross-disciplinary. Her research involves endowing artificially intelligent agents with autonomy and behavioral variations to make them more useful and interesting to interact with. She received her M.S. and her Ph.D. in computer science from Lehigh University and her B.S. in IT systems management from Romanian-American University. “The welcoming colleagues and dedicated students have made teaching at ONU a real pleasure,” she said. “I am very happy with my decision to become a faculty member here.”
Dr. Nesreen Alsbou, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
Dr. Nesreen Alsbou believes teaching is one of the most prestigious occupations because teachers “shape the way of thinking of a new generation of professionals and impact the future of the country.” Her research involves wireless networking and communication. Specifically, she explores ways to improve communications, speed data processing and reduce energy. She earned her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Oklahoma and her M.S. and B.S. from Kansas State University. She has worked as a teaching assistant at several universities, where she’s taught a wide-variety of courses and interacted with students from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Fan Ye, assistant professor of civil engineering
Dr. Fan Ye believes a good teacher is a “highly motivated learner and a good story teller.” Her research interests include highway safety, traffic operations and traffic-control devices. In the last 12 years, she’s participated in more than 20 transportation engineering projects in both the U.S. and China. She received her Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and her M.S. and B.S. in civil engineering from Southeast University in China. Most recently, she worked as an assistant transportation researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Being a college professor has been her goal for more than 10 years. “To me, conveying and sharing what I have learned with students gives me joy and self-satisfaction,” she said. “Coming from big, public universities, I appreciate the collaborative and close relationships among colleagues and students at ONU. It’s the place I can best fit in.”
Dr. Ziad Youssfi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
Dr. Ziad Youssfi’s teaching philosophy is to encourage students to “challenge their conception of knowledge in order to construct a new and lasting understanding of reality.” He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Michigan State University. Most recently, he taught at Western University in London, Ontario. He also worked as a software developer for Michigan State and as a development engineer for Intel. Youssfi’s research interests include optimizing performance and power consumption in computer architecture. “In the last five years or so, computing performance has been slowing down due to chips reaching maximum levels of heat and power consumption,” he said. “Researchers are trying to find ways to keep the improvement trends going using different strategies and alternatives. Because computing is so prevalent, I like the challenge of finding simple ideas that can positively affect our daily lives,” he said.