This fall, 40 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members join the Roadrunner family. The new professors come to The University of Texas at San Antonio from prestigious institutions around the nation and world.
New faculty members say they are excited to join UTSA especially because of its top-tier programs and research opportunities.
Brendy Rincon Troconis, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will head UTSA’s Corrosion Research Laboratory and brings nearly a decade of experience researching corrosion in aerospace, automobile, reinforced concrete, and oil and gas applications. She was thrilled to learn her department’s mission perfectly aligns with her personal mission and she feels that she will be able to achieve all her goals at UTSA. In fact, she’s already gotten off to a great start by receiving a $30,000 seed grant from NACE International for a research project she will conduct at UTSA.
Aimin Liu, Professor and Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, was attracted by resources at UTSA that would allow him to do new and creative research. Recruited from a distinguished faculty position at Georgia State University, Liu brings his laboratory to UTSA, where groundbreaking research on how biomolecules utilize metals to perform the chemistry necessary for life is conducted.
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, associate professor of information systems and cybersecurity, is an expert in data exfiltration to detect cybercrime. He left an associate professorship at the University of South Australia to join UTSA because of the university’s world-class reputation and ranking in cybersecurity and digital forensics research and education.
Kellie Lynch, assistant professor of criminal justice, studies the victimization of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and the intersection of guns and domestic violence. She was happy to see the department at UTSA emphasizes interdisciplinary research and establishing relationships with community agencies in both research and student curriculum. “UTSA seems like a fantastic opportunity for a young academic and I’m excited about how fast this institution is growing,” Lynch said.
Edward Golob, professor of psychology, comes to UTSA from a position at Tulane University. His research team studies the aspects of hearing that are particularly important to humans, such as determining where a sound is coming from or recognizing speech and music. He also aims to understand the cognitive and neurobiological changes that accompany normal aging and age-related neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The new faculty cohort includes Margo DelliCarpini, new dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development and Sean Kelly, new dean of the UTSA Honors College.
This year’s new UTSA faculty members come from institutions such as Cornell University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Stockholm University in Sweden, University of California-Berkeley, and Queensland University of Technology in Australia.