EECS Adds Three New Research Faculty

By: Diana Riggs
Date: June 29, 2018

The department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcomes three new faculty members to its ranks this summer: Zachariah Fuchs, Tao Li, and Badri Vellambi.

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Zach Fuchs, PhD

Zachariah Fuchs, PhD, will join the department as an assistant professor. His research interests include autonomous and intelligent systems, game-theoretic control, adversarial systems, deception modeling, robust sensing, and machine learning.

Fuchs comes to the University of Cincinnati (UC) from Wright State University, where he was an assistant professor in the electrical engineering department since 2015. He served as a research engineer with the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base from 2012 to 2015. Before moving to Ohio, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Department of Defense SMART Scholar at the University of Florida where he received an MS and PhD in electrical and computer engineering in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Fuchs received a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Evansville in 2007.

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Tao Li, PhD

Tao Li, PhD, joins UC as an associate professor. His research interests include micromachined sensors and actuators, nontraditional microfabrication technologies, microsystem packaging and integration, and sensor electronic interfaces and embedded systems. He has an interdisciplinary background that includes electrical, biomedical and mechanical engineering, with over 15 years of experience working on micromachined transducers and microsystems as well as their packaging and integration, particularly for biomedical and environmental monitoring applications.

He is currently an associate research scientist and adjunct assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan and a research faculty member in the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2).

He received his BS and MS degrees in engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has more than 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and five patents issued or pending.

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Badri Vellambi, PhD

Badri Vellambi, PhD, will join EECS as an assistant professor. His research focus is in the area of communication systems, information theory, source coding, data compression, reinforcement learning, and artificial intelligence.

He has a PhD in electrical engineering, MS degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

Vellambi served most recently as a research fellow at the Institute for Telecom Research, affiliated with the University of South Australia in Adelaide. He previously worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Australian National University. He has over 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications, and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The award-winning faculty in EECS offer students a rigorous and innovative curriculum and culture of real-world, experience-based learning. Learn more on the EECS website.