ENG’s Newest Associate Professors

Four ENG faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, BU Provost Jean Morrison announced.

Alexander Green, College of Engineering associate professor of biomedical engineering, uses computational design to engineer RNA molecules that provide useful functions inside and outside living cells—research with translational implications for sensing systems, low-cost diagnostics, and biomolecular circuits. Supported by major federal and private industry grants, he is a past Scialog Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award. His research has resulted in 27 granted patents, and he has published six book chapters and 78 articles in top science and engineering journals, including Nature and Cell.

John T. Ngo, ENG associate professor of biomedical engineering, bridges cell biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology to develop new tools for managing biomolecules in living cells and organisms—work with translational implications for better understanding cellular function and disease. Supported by a major NIH grant, he has secured four patents and is credited with advances in the development of cell therapies and tissue engineered systems. He is a past Reidy Family Career Development Professor at BU and has published 16 articles in leading science and engineering journals, including Nature Biotechnology and Cell Chemical Biology.

Gianluca Stringhini, ENG associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, researches computer security and computer science, focusing on the analysis and mitigation of online malicious activity, including cyberattacks, malicious software, online fraud, misinformation, and cyberbullying. His work is sponsored by multiple NSF grants (including a CAREER Award), as well as a Red Hat Collaboratory Research Incubation Award, and he has been recognized with ENG’s Early Career Excellence in Research Award and a best paper award from the Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment. He has published two book chapters and 18 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at dozens of national and international conferences.

Roberto Tron, ENG associate professor of mechanical engineering, combines automatic control, robotics, computer vision, and algorithmic and mathematical tools in the development of cooperative robotic teams—work that helps ensure robots do not collide with obstacles or one another and includes real-world applications, such as helping remove mobility obstacles for seniors living at home. His research is supported by major federal grants from the NSF, NIH, and the US Department of Defense, and he recently received ENG’s Early Career Excellence in Research Award. He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and has published 17 journal articles and 56 conference papers with more than 3,500 citations.

These are among the more than two dozen BU faculty promoted to associate professor. The full story is on BU Today.