New Talent: President's Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program

To assist the three universities of the University of Illinois System in attracting the most exceptional faculty, the President's Office launched a three-year program, the University of Illinois Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program. Committing $10 million per year, with matching funds from the recruiting university, funds are designated for start-up costs such as new equipment, renovation of space, graduate student support and other needs associated with supporting the research and teaching needs of prominent faculty. These scholars are engaged in cutting-edge scholarship and are experts in areas of high or emerging student demand.

The faculty that come to us through this program represent many fields of expertise and come from other prominent universities and research facilities from across the country. We are pleased to have these inaugural members of this program join the ranks of our renowned instructors and researchers in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield.


Eben Alsberg

Bioengineering
Aisberg College of Engineering and
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

Alsberg comes to UIC from Case Western Reserve University. His research expertise is in the area of stem cell regeneration, with a particular focus on the creation of biologic replacements to repair damaged and diseased tissues in the head, neck and thorax. He has published over 115 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, His research has received generous support, primarily form the National Institutes of Health. He holds the Richard and Loan Hill Professorship in Bioengineering.

Nancy Amato

Computer Science
Amato College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amato comes to Urbana-Champaign from Texas A & M University. She is recognized widely for her work in motion planning and control in robotics. Her research interests also include computational biology, computational geometry, and animation. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and has received numerous awards. Her research has been funded by many agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health.

Mark Anastasio

Bioengineering
Cao College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring '19)

Anastasio comes to Urbana-Champaign from Washington University in St. Louis. He is an international recognized expert on tomographic image reconstruction, imaging physics, and the development of computed biomedical imaging systems. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2006 for research related to image reconstruction topics. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, and more than $18 million in past and current research support by many organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Whitaker Foundation. He serves as the chair of the NIH Emerging Imaging Technologies and Applications Study Section.


Qing Cao

Materials Science and Engineering
Cao College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cao comes to Urbana-Champaign from the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center. He is an international leader in the science and engineering of nanoscale electronic devices. He is the principal investigator of several breakthrough innovations including the demonstration of the smallest footprint transistor ever created. Cao was named one of Forbes Magazine's "Top 30 under 30" and one of the "35 Innovators under 35" by MIT Technology Review for his work on replacing silicon transistors with more efficient carbon nanotubes.

Ardith Zwyghuizen Doorenbos

Biobehavioral Health Science
doorenbos College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago

Doorenbos comes to UIC from the University of Washington. She is an international expert in research on pain and symptom management. Her recent work focuses on testing integrative therapies for military service members who are at risk for opioid abuse, as well as adolescents with chronic pain. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an inductee in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. 

Ido Golding

Physics
Golding College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(Summer '19)

Golding comes to Urbana-Champaign from Baylor College of Medicine. A biophysicist and expert in single-molecule and single-cell measurements of transcription, his research focuses on the diverse and unpredictable phenotypes exhibited by genetically identical cells. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and has earned several awards, including a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His work has been funded by NSF, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Welch Foundation.


Melissa Graebner

Business Management
Golding Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Fall '19)

Graebner comes to Urbana-Champaign from the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of expertise are entrepreneurial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and qualitative research methods. Her work has been recognized by the Academy of Management and has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times Dealbook, and Forbes. She is co-editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, a major outlet for entrepreneurship research. She received her MBA and PhD from Stanford University. 

Axel Hoffmann

Materials Science and Engineering
Hoffman College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Fall '19)

Hofmann comes to Urbana-Champaign from his position as a senior group leader in magnetic films at Argonne National Laboratory. He is an award-winning researcher in magnetism-related topics, including spin transport and magnetization dynamics. He has more than 200 publications with combined more than 8,000 citations, four book chapters, and three magnetism-related U.S. patents. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Vacuum Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Rodney Hopson

Educational Psychology
Hopson College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hopson comes to Urbana-Champaign from George Mason University. He is a national expert in educational practice and policy. His research focuses on the role of race, class, and culture in the evaluation of STEM programs and other educational initiatives. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Kenneth Kriz

Public Administration
College of Public Affairs and AdministrationKriz
University of Illinois at Springfield

Kritz comes to UIS from Wichita State University, where he was one of only four Regents Professors in the state of Kansas. He is a leading scholar in the field of public finance and budgeting, and his recent research focuses on the financial impact of borrowing by state and local governments on public pension funding. He is the inaugural director of the Institute for Illinois Public Finance at UIS.

Liviu Mirica

Chemistry
College of Liberal Arts and SciencesMirica
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mirica comes to Urbana-Champaign from Washington University in St. Louis. An expert in the design of chemical agents that contain metal ions, his research interests include synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry applied to renewable energy catlysis and oxidative organic tranformations. His projects have received support from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. 

Uwe Rudolph

Comparative Biosciences
College of Veterinary MedicineRudolph
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rudolph comes to Urbana-Champaign from Harvard Medical School. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of neuroscience, pharmacology, and molecular genetics. He has published work in more than 100 peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Society for Neuroscience. He serves as the head of the Department of Comparative Biosciences.


David Sepkoski

History
College of Liberal Arts and SciencesSepkoski
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sepkoski comes to Urbana-Champaign from the Max Planck Institute for the History Science, Berlin. He is the author of three books and numerous articles and book chapters that explore the history of various STEM fields. His most recent book focuses on the historical development of scientific theories about extinction and will be published by the University of Chicago Press. He holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in History of Science.

John Stewart IV

Surgery, Cancer Center
College of MedicineStewart
University of Illinois at Chicago (Spring '19)

Stewart comes to UIC from Duke University. Stewart is a national leader in the development of pioneering approaches to immunotherapy for late-stage melanoma. He holds several patents for new drug treatments and his research has been funded by NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control. In 2013, he received the Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute.