The Department of Computer Science extends a warm welcome to its new 2021-22 colleagues! With the addition of the 11 new faculty members for the 2021-22 academic year, the department now sits at 70 faculty members at campuses in Blacksburg and the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. 

Their research represents emerging strengths in a broad set of strategic areas, including computational biology and bioinformatics, data analytics, information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing, digital education, human computer interaction, security, systems, and software engineering.

Ali R. Butt, associate department head for faculty development, said the department is dedicated to helping its new colleagues transition to the role of faculty. “Especially this year, we are focusing our mentoring program to help mitigate the many disruptions from the pandemic and give our new faculty a running start,” said Butt.

The Department hosted two welcoming picnics over the summer for faculty members and their families. This gave an opportunity for everyone to meet in a relaxed and casual setting, with current teaching and administrative faculty also on hand to share more about their roles and give a glimpse into the culture of the department.

Department of Computer Science new faculty welcome picnic.
Assistant professor Chris Brown and his wife Bethany enjoy time at the new faculty welcome picnic hosted by the Department in July.
Thang Hoang, assistant professor had a chance to meet his colleagues in person, having joined the department in spring 2021 during the height of the pandemic.
Thang Hoang, assistant professor had a chance to meet his colleagues in person, having joined the department in spring 2021.
Debswapna Bhattacharya
Joining CS@VT in Spring 2022

Debswapna (Deb) Bhattacharya
Associate Professor

 

Chris Brown

Chris Brown
Assistant Professor

Onyeka Emebo

Onyeka Emebo
Collegiate Assistant Professor

 

Mohammed Farghally

Mohammed Farghally
Collegiate Assistant Professor

 

Peng Gao

Peng Gao
Assistant Professor

Shaddi Hasan

Shaddi Hasan
Assistant Professor

 

Liting Hu

Liting Hu
Assistant Professor

Eugenia Rho

Eugenia Rho
 Assistant Professor

Dan Williams

Dan Williams
Assistant Professor

 

Yalong Yang

Yalong Yang
Assistant Professor

Dawei Zhou
Joining CS@VT in Spring 2022

Dawei Zhou
Assistant Professor