New faculty join WashU Electrical & Systems Engineering

Eleven new faculty will join the School of Engineering & Applied Science in the next year, bringing the total number to 94. The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering will welcome Ulugbek Kamilov, Chuan Wang and Shen Zeng.

Ulugbek Kamilov, assistant professor

  • PhD, electrical engineering
  • BSc, MSc, communication systems, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Kamilov joins the ESE and CSE departments as a 50/50 appointment from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Mass., where he has been a research scientist in computational sensing since 2015. He joins the faculty Sept. 1.

Kamilov’s research areas are developing new techniques for computational imaging in biomedical and industrial applications. His broader research interests include signal and image processing, convex and nonconvex optimization, statistical inference, and machine learning.

Chuan Wang, assistant professor

  • PhD, electrical engineering, University of Southern California
  • BS, MS, microelectronics, Peking University, China

Wang joins ESE from Michigan State University, where he has been an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering since 2013. Previously, he was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He joins the faculty July 2018.

Wang’s research interests include flexible and stretchable electronics for display, sensing and energy harvesting applications, as well as low-cost and scalable inkjet printing processes for microfabrication of flexible electronics. In addition, a second main research direction in his group is high-performance nanoelectronics and optoelectronics using two-dimensional semiconductors.

Shen Zeng, assistant professor

  • PhD, engineering
  • MSc, engineering cybernetics
  • BSc, mathematics & BSc, mechatronics, University of Stuttgart
Zeng joins ESE from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control. During his time there, he has been heavily involved in both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the broad area of systems and control theory. He joins Aug. 1.

Zeng's research focuses on systems theoretic methods for the study of complex and large-scale dynamical systems. While in the past, systems theoretic insights have proved to be key in better understanding the crucial dynamical nature in related problems on a smaller scale, the recent flood of data in both science and engineering offers novel ways to also get control over the class of complex and large-scale dynamical systems. Zeng in particular seeks to develop computational methods that will efficiently utilize the abundance of available data for both systems analysis and controller synthesis.