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Cummings and Goings: New and Departing Profs

Margaret Ackerman has been appointed assistant professor. Her research is in protein engineering, biotherapeutics, vaccine technology, and engineering immune responses. Her Ph.D. is from MIT.

Eric Fossum has been appointed research professor. He previously held positions at Columbia University, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and in industry. His Ph.D. is from Yale.

Michael Gerst has been promoted to research assistant professor. His research is on integrated environmental assessment and modeling of material and energy systems and measuring the sustainability of anthropogenic systems. His Ph.D. is from Yale.

Venkataramanan Krishnaswamy has been promoted to assistant professor. He does research on near-infrared imaging. His Ph.D. is from the University of Alabama.

Jifeng Liu has been appointed assistant professor. His research is on nanophotonics. His Ph.D. is from MIT.

Vicki May has been appointed associate professor. Her research includes inquiry-based learning. Her Ph.D. is from Stanford.

Assistant Professor Petia Vlahovska, on the faculty since 2006, has taken a position as an assistant professor at Brown University. She remains an adjunct professor at Thayer.

Professor Ursula Gibson ’76, a nanomaterials specialist, has left Thayer School after 20 years on the faculty to take up an appointment at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She remains an adjunct professor at Thayer.

FAREWELL: Professor Ursula Gibson ’76, right, has taken a position at the  Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which her husband,  Thayer adjunct professor Ulf Österberg, joined last year. “It’s  good to shake things up once in a while — it improves perspective,” says  Gibson. As for her 20 years at Thayer, she says, “I have enjoyed every  course I taught, but ENGS 1: ‘Everyday Technology’ has a special place  in my heart. The broad perspective brought by students from all over  campus was a special pleasure, and the opportunity to convince them that  they could understand and modify modern technological products was a  treat.” Photograph by Douglas Fraser.
FAREWELL: Professor Ursula Gibson ’76, right, has taken a position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which her husband, Thayer adjunct professor Ulf Österberg, joined last year. “It’s good to shake things up once in a while — it improves perspective,” says Gibson. As for her 20 years at Thayer, she says, “I have enjoyed every course I taught, but ENGS 1: ‘Everyday Technology’ has a special place in my heart. The broad perspective brought by students from all over campus was a special pleasure, and the opportunity to convince them that they could understand and modify modern technological products was a treat.” Photograph by Douglas Fraser.

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