McKelvey School of Engineering

New faculty join McKelvey School of Engineering

New faculty join McKelvey School of Engineering, including Biomedical Engineering faculty, Song Hu (left) and Chao Zhou (right).

Ten new faculty are set to join the McKelvey School of Engineering, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to more than 140, including 98 tenured and tenure-track faculty.

“With opening of Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall for Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and with the ongoing construction of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall for computing, the McKelvey School of Engineering is primed for significant growth in research and educational offerings,” said Aaron F. Bobick, dean and the James M. McKelvey Professor. “The tenured/tenure-track faculty joining us this year – including faculty in computer science and in biomedical and environmental engineering – expands our talent in current areas of excellence and enables our growth in new directions. And the addition to the full-time teaching faculty ensures our ability to provide focused and powerful educational experiences for our students.”

Biomedical Engineering

Song Hu, associate professor

  • PhD, biomedical engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
  • BS and MS, electronic engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Hu joins the McKelvey Engineering School from the University of Virginia (UVA), where he has been an assistant professor of biomedical engineering since 2013. Previously, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at WashU with Lihong Wang, former professor of biomedical engineering.

Hu’s research focuses on the development of cutting-edge photoacoustic technologies for multi-parametric neurovascular imaging in application to stroke, brain cancer and neuromotor and neurodegenerative diseases. While at UVA, he advanced novel methods and algorithms for label-free imaging of blood perfusion, oxygenation and flow at the microscopic level enabling high-resolution oxygen-metabolic imaging. Hu has further advanced photoacoustic microscopy to improve resolution and acquisition speed with demonstrated value in mechanistic research of many human diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. Hu won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2018 and the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2014. He begins Jan. 1, 2020.

Chao Zhou, associate professor

  • PhD, physics, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, physics, Peking University, China

Zhou joins the McKelvey Engineering School from Lehigh University, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a founding member of the Department of Bioengineering. He joined Lehigh in 2012 as an assistant professor and served as the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor from 2015-2017. He completed postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Zhou joins the faculty July 1.

His research interests are in optical coherence tomography, a growing technology used to perform high-resolution cross-sectional imaging using light. He has multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other federal and private sources. He holds multiple patents, both in the U.S. and in China for his inventions, and has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters. He is associate editor for IEEE Photonics Journal, Journal of Biomedical Optics and Medical Physics.

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