The Stars Teach Here

PNW’s College of Engineering and Sciences brings together researchers, scientists, and practitioners from around the world who are recognized in their fields.

Not only are the faculty outstanding educators, but our programs also provide unique opportunities for students to apply their skills and training. From aerospace to water management, our alumni are working in many of the foremost engineering and scientific organizations.

The college provides the regional, state and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. We are the Pride of Northwest Indiana – and beyond.

Exploring the Depths of Mathematics

Nicoleta Tarfulea, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Professor of Mathematics

Nicoleta Tarfulea is a professor of mathematics in the PNW Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. Professor Tarfulea’s research focuses on Mathematical Biology, Partial Differential Equations, and Computational Mathematics. Read More…

Coupling Forensic Casework with Continuing Education

Dr. Christian G. Westring, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Crime, Forensics, and Security Analysis

Professor Westring is a forensic geneticist with more than fifteen years of experience in forensic science.  Through his passion for molecular biology and complex problem solving, he applies new innovations in the field of forensic genetics to benefit law enforcement investigations and public safety. Read More…

The Pursuit of Particles

James Dolen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

James Dolen, assistant professor in the PNW Department of Chemistry and Physics, dedicates his research to discovering new particles and working to better understand the forces and fundamental building blocks of our universe. Read More…

Securing Students’ Futures

Quamar Niyaz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor Quamar Niyaz uses hands-on assignments to build real-world knowledge for students in fields ranging from cybersecurity to machine learning. Read More…

Problem Solver

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Shengyong Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of mechanical Engineering

Professor Zhang helps students develop mathematical models of practical engineering systems through research projects… Read More

Mentoring Future Engineers

Khair Al Shamaileh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of electrical Engineering

Professor Al Shamaileh is passionate about applying engineering concepts to create solutions to the most challenging projects that have a direct impact on humanity… Read More

Concrete and Steel

Chien-Chung Chen, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Chien-Chung Chen, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Professor Chen became a structural engineer because he wanted to design buildings and bridges that harvest energy efficiently and use natural resources effectively… Read More

Analyzing the Story of Earth

Grethe Hystad, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Statistics

Grethe Hystad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Statistics

Professor Hystad’s research focuses on solving statistical problems in the new and emerging fields of mineral evolution and mineral ecology. This research effort is an ongoing….Read More

Generating Fuel from the Sun

Nesrin Ozalp, Ph.D., ASME Fellow

Nesrin Ozalp, Ph.D., ASME Fellow

Professor and chair, mechanical and Civil Engineering

Dr. Nesrin Ozalp specializes in the area of designing novel solar reactors for emission-free generation of fuels… Read More

Secure Wireless Communication

Shuhui Grace Yang, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Computer Science

Shuhui Grace Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Professor Yang’s research interests include wireless communication, mobile computing, parallel and distributed systems, wireless security and privacy, cloud and green computing, and social network applications….Read More

On The Path To A Cure

Meden Isaac-Lam, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry

Meden Isaac-Lam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Professor Isaac-Lam’s research interest is medicinal chemistry that covers synthesis of therapeutics, brain imaging and mouse models for neurodegenerative diseases…. Read More

Interdisciplinary All The Way

Vijay Devabhaktuni, Ph.D., P.E. College of Engineering and Sciences

Vijay Devabhaktuni, Ph.D., P.E.

College of Engineering and Sciences

Professor Vijay (VJ) Devabhaktuni’s academic preparation is an interdisciplinary combination of Computer programming, Electronics engineering, Machine…. Read More

Origin of the Universe

Neeti Parashar, Ph.D. Professor of Physics

Neeti Parashar, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

Professor Parashar leads the high energy physics program at PNW, via full membership to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab ), in Batavia Illinois and the European…. Read More

Untangling the Mammal Family Tree

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Professor Spaulding’s specialty is mammalian paleontology – this makes her an expert in several major fields of biology; evolution, systematics (how we classify biodiversity), and vertebrate anatomy…. Read More

Working Towards a Common Goal

Xiaoli Yang, Ph.D.

Xiaoli (Lucy) Yang, Ph.D.

Professor of electrical and computer engineering

As a teacher and key faculty member in computer engineering, Professor Yang enjoys holding a group of diverse learners to work together toward a common goal: learning how to learn …. Read More

Equation for Success

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Alain Togbe, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Professor Togbe received a BS from National University of Benin, an MS (in Differential Geometry) from University of Abidjan, an MS and Ph.D. (in Algebraic Number Theory) from University…. Read More

Virtual Solutions

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Chenn Q. Zhou, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of PNW’s CIVS

Professor Zhou is on the cutting edge in the integration of computer simulation and virtual reality visualization technology for industrial and educational applications…Read More

Observing the Universe

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Adam Rengstorf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Director of PNW’s NIRo Observatory

As an associate professor of physics and astronomy at PNW and the director of PNW’s NIRo Observatory, Adam Rengstorf, Ph.D., has spent the last several years developing campaigns that give undergraduate students…Read More

Microbes: Dynamic Diversity

Scott Bates, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Scott Bates, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Although microbes (including fungi, protists, bacteria, and archaea) are by definition minute, they play critical roles within the natural world, such as serving as agents…Read More