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Lou promoted to full professor

Materials Science and NanoEngineering's Jun Lou has been promoted from associate professor to professor with tenure

He is one of five faculty in four departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University have been promoted with tenure. One appointment was effective January 1, 2015; Lou's and the other three are effective July 1.

He is the associate chair of the department and his research interests include nanomaterial synthesis, nanomechanical characterization and nanodevice fabrication for energy, environment and biomedical applications. Lou received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2004 and joined the Rice faculty in 2005.

The remaining faculty promotions are as follows:

In bioengineering, Jeffrey Jacot and Junghae Suh have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor.

Jacot heads the Pediatric Cardiovascular Bioengineering laboratory. His research specializes in the study of congenital heart disease and heart defects, and in the translation of novel regenerative cardiac therapies for young patients of various stages in their growth and development. He’s the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Jacot received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Boston University, and came to Rice in 2008.

Suh is head of the Synthetic Virology Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and joined Rice in 2008. She  is a specialist in designing and investigating bio-inspired platforms for various applications in biomedicine. Suh  has received multiple awards and grants, including the NSF  CAREER Award..

In the Department of Computer Science, Swarat Chaudhuri has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and joined the Rice faculty in 2011. The recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, his research focuses on the development of new foundations for automated analysis of systems, and practical techniques for computer-aided programming based on these foundations.

In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Marcia O'Malley was promoted from associate professor to professor with tenure. Her appointment was effective January 1. O'Malley's research focuses on research focuses on design, modeling, and control of electromechanical devices and systems, human-machine interfaces and modeling human-robot interactions.

She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2001 and joined the Rice faculty the same year.

— Holly Beretto, Engineering Communications