Honors, promotions, and new faculty in CSE

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The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is pleased to announce honors, promotions, and a new faculty member for the academic year beginning in August 2020.


Tijana Milenkovic has been named Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor. A member of the CSE faculty since 2010, Milenkovic is the director of the University’s Complex Networks Lab. Her research focuses on network science and computational biology.

Tim Weninger has been named Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor. Weninger, who joined the faculty in 2013, studies web and social media, disinformation and fake news, data mining, and machine learning. He directs the Data Science Group.


Michael Niemier has been promoted to professor. A member of the CSE faculty since 2007, Niemier’s research addresses problems ranging from non-CMOS technologies for computing circuitry to the integration of architectural and software design.

Walter Scheirer has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Scheirer directs a multidisciplinary research team that investigates problems in computer vision, sensory processing, and language understanding, from both computational and neurobiological perspectives. He joined the CSE faculty in 2015.

Dong Wang has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Wang joined the CSE faculty in 2014. He oversees a research group exploring human-cyberphysical systems, social sensing, and big data analytics.

Ramzi Bualuan, a faculty member since 1993, has been promoted to teaching professor. Bualuan has served as the department’s director of undergraduate studies since 1995, overseeing the academic progress of more than 1,500 of CSE graduates. He has taught many courses across the CSE curricula and has directed the College of Engineering’s Introduction to Engineering Program for more than 20 years.

New faculty

Xiangliang Zhang will join the department as an associate professor in January 2021. Currently a faculty member of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, she will add to the growing number of CSE faculty focused on machine learning and data science.

“Our faculty never cease to inspire me,” said Patrick J. Flynn, the Fritz Duda Family Professor of Engineering and department chair. “This year I have watched them turn the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic into unique research and educational opportunities.

 “Their dedication to their core research, their commitment to providing students a quality interactive learning environment online, and their work with collaborators on and off-campus have been a privilege to watch.

 “These promotions, honors, and the addition of a new faculty member signal a bright future for the department.”

Nina Welding, College of Engineering