Complex Engineered Systems Lab

Complex Engineered Systems Lab,  Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering The University of Akron, Akron OH 44325-­‐3904 

Open Positions: Postdoctoral Researcher & Ph.D. Student(s)

We are looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to work in the general area of large-­‐scale, loosely coupled, networked systems. This researcher will support a new multi-­‐disciplinary project in Personalized Wellness Management funded by the National Science Foundation. Successful  applicants  are  expected  to  have  outstanding  systems  thinking  skills, programming skills (preferably Java), prior experience in data modeling and analytics, and a keen desire to explore networked embedded systems. A Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely aligned area with an emphasis on algorithms and modeling is required.  Successful  applicants  must also have excellent  written  and oral communication skills   since   the  position   involves   significant   interaction   with  industry,   academic   and community stake holders across multiple disciplines. This position is funded for up to four years. This is a full-­‐time  position that offers full university benefits, paid vacation time and scheduled holidays.  The appointment will be renewed annually contingent on performance and research outcomes. We aim to successfully mentor the postdoctoral researcher into a mature career trajectory. Interested applicants may contact Prof. S. Sastry via email: ssastry AT uakron DOT edu and provide: (1) Current CV, (2) Copies of two most recent papers, (3) Unofficial copies of transcripts, (4) Statement of Interest, and (5) Names of three references and why you have included them as a reference. The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled.

Applications are invited from outstanding graduate students seeking to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer   Engineering   with   an   emphasis   on   large-­‐scale,   loosely   coupled,   networked systems. This position involves work on a major multi-­‐disciplinary project. Successful applicants must have outstanding programming  skills, excellent analytical skills, and must have obtained a Master’s degree from a reputable institution. Good grades in undergraduate and  graduate  study,  GRE  and  TOEFL  scores,  and  names  of  five  references  are  required. Please provide the names of the five references and we will solicit reference letters directly from them when it is necessary.   Students expecting to start their studies in Spring, Summer or Fall 2013 are requested to contact Prof. S. Sastry via email: ssastry AT uakron DOT edu with  the  following:  (1)  Current  CV,  (2)  Copies  of unofficial  transcripts,  (3)  Statement  of Interest, and (4) Names of three references and why you have included them as a reference.

Electrical Engineering Department Assistantship

I am currently looking for some Ph.D. and Master students

Basic requirements include:

(1) Meet admission requirements for ECE, University of Akron;

(2) Strong backgrounds in mathematics and programming skills;

(3) Interest and motivations in doing high impact research in Communications.

Applicants with their own funding are welcome.

If you are interested, please send me your CV (in pdf) to

Dr. Nghi H. Tran
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Akron
ASEC 352, Auburn Science and Engineering Building
Phone: (330) 972 7168
Email: nghi_dot_tran_at_uakron_dot_edu

Research Lab for Surface Modification and Materials

Our research lab is always looking for motivated and enthusiastic students.  The students who have a special interest in surface modification, materials (especially biomaterials), and antifouling/biofilm and biocorrosion are especially encouraged to apply.

For the student who is applying, he/she should have a minimum combined GRE score of 300 (from tests taken after August 1, 2011) with a minimum Quantitative Reasoning score of 155 (700 of the old score) and a minimum Verbal Reasoning score of 145 (380 of the old score).  A student with a MS degree is preferred and he/she should have an Engineering degree (either BS or MS or both).  The student is highly recommended to e-mail Dr. Bi-min Zhang Newby a copy of his/her updated resume while applying.

Scott Lillard – Corrosion Engineering

Graduate Research Assistant and Post Doctoral Positions Available

The Corrosion Engineering program at the University of Akron is part of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  Faculty members in this program are also members of the larger Center for Education and Research in Corrosion and Materials Performance at the University.  In the Spring of 2012 the Corrosion Engineering program will move into a new 35,000 sq. ft. building that will house teaching and research labs equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

Description of Projects Available 
Crevice Corrosion – The goal of this project is to understand and predict the damage evolution during crevice corrosion of nickel base alloys.  To accomplish, this we employ traditional electrochemical techniques, exposure tests and numerical modeling methods.

Atmospheric Corrosion – This project focuses on the corrosion and environmental assisted cracking associated with salt deliquescence.  To investigate this phenomenon we employ a number of techniques including AFM, STM, SKPFM, exposure and fracture tests.

Hydrogen Interactions with Metals – Electrochemical and vacuum methods for investigating the adsorption, absorption and transport of hydrogen in metals are employed to understand the mechanism of environmental assisted cracking in sour gas environments.

Required Knowledge and Experience 
Graduate students   Candidates interested in earning an MSE in Chemical Engineering or a PhD in Engineering are encouraged to apply.  We are looking for energetic, motivated and highly qualified students with a strong undergraduate record and a good knowledge of English.  Students will have earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering from an accredited institution in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry or a related field.

Post-docs   Successful candidates will have earned a PhD from an accredited institution in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or a related field with a thesis topic in the area of corrosion-electrochemistry.  Candidates are expected to have:

  • 2-3 publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals, be able to mentor graduate students, have a good knowledge of English.
  • experience in the areas of electrochemical methods in corrosion science including potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.
  • experience in optical and scanning electron microscopies and metallurgical methods for sample preparation.

It is also beneficial to have experience with AFM, STM, SKPFM, permeation, TDS, slow strain rate, rising load displacement or fatigue but not mandatory.

More information on the program can be found at:

Send CV and cover letter describing your background and interests to:
Professor R.S. Lillard
Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
201A Whitby Hall
University of Akron
Akron, OH  44325-3906
email:    phone: 330-972-7463

Dr. Lingyun Liu

Positions Available

One PhD student position is immediately available in the group.

Prefer students with degrees in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Material S&E, Polymer S&E, or other relevant areas.
Bio-related or synthesis background is a plus.

Research experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: surface engineering, biomaterials/tissue engineering, SPR biosensor.

Interested applicants please contact Dr. Liu at

Zheng Biophysics Lab

Position Available
Two PhD student positions are available immediately in the group.

General requirement: 1) CV, transcript, TOEFL and GRE score, 2) Engineering B.S. degree or relevant degree. M.S. degree is more preferred, 3) positive attitude

Simulation position: 1) strong interesting in programming and simulation, 2) density function theory is a big plus, 3) experience with molecular simulation is preferred.

Experimental position: polymer synthesis training is a big plus.

Following me to pursue and secure your Ph.D degree with a great success in your career and life!

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