About ICS

Meet the Penn State ICS Co-Hires

Building a Computing Community at Penn State

Penn State ICS collaborates with internal colleges and departments across the university to support a cadre of co-hires—talented researchers who are doing data-intensive work in a range of disciplines. From astrophysics and chemistry to psychology and political science, these scholars are making major strides in their fields.

To learn how your Penn State department might collaborate with ICS on a faculty co-hire, please contact Wayne Figurelle, ICS Assistant Director.

In addition to supporting our faculty co-hires, we also have an Affiliates & Associates Program for Penn State faculty, researchers, staff, students, and external collaborators.

 

Faculty Co-hires

Timothy Brick

Brick

Timothy Brick

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 231 HHD Building, University Park

Email: tbrick@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-4868

Research Focuses: Human-environment interaction, interpersonal interaction, statistics to analyze these kinds of interactions, data collection and analysis

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Guido Cervone

Cervone

Guido Cervone

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Geography

Office: 205 Walker Building, University Park

Email: cervone@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-0179

Research Focuses: Remote sensing, environmental hazards, geoinformatics, social media

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Michael DeGiorgio

DeGiorgio

Michael DeGiorgio

  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Biology

Office: 502B Wartik Laboratory, University Park

Email: mxd60@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-5366

Research Focuses: Statistical population genetics, phylogenetics, human evolutionary genomics

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Bruce Desmarais

Desmarais

Bruce Desmarais

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Political Science

Office: 230 Pond Lab, University Park

Email: bbd5087@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-8859

Research Focuses: Development and application of statistical methods to study of social and political systems, interdependence and structural complexity, network analysis, international conflict and cooperation among countries, campaign finance and co-sponsorship networks in the US Congress, digital communication networks in local government, diffusion of public policies across the US states, the interconnectedness of scientific research and US regulatory policymaking

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Eric Ford

Ford

Eric Ford

  • Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Office: 428A Davey Laboratory, University Park

Email: ebf11@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-5558

Research Focuses: Extrasolar planetary systems, planet formation and orbital evolution, detection & characterization of exoplanets, astrobiology, astrostatistics, cyberscience & high-performance scientific computing

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Melissa Gervais

Gervais

Melissa Gervais

  • Assistant Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Office: 505 Walker Building, University Park

Email: mmg62@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-3920

Research Focuses: Climate simulation, ocean temperatures, sea ice cover, atmospheric impacts of climate change

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Steven Greybush

Greybush

Steven Greybush

  • Assistant Professor of Meteorology
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Office: 618 Walker Building, University Park

Email: sjg213@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-4926

Research Focuses: Data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, weather and climate of Mars, atmospheric modeling, ensemble forecasting predictability, statistical and artificial intelligence applications

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Michael Hallquist

Hallquist

Michael Hallquist

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Psychology

Office: 309 Moore Building, University Park

Email: michael.hallquist@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-5756

Research Focuses: Developmental psychopathology of personality dysfunction in adolescence and young adulthood, personality traits, interpersonal relationships, neurobehavioral systems, borderline personality disorder, neuroimaging, maturation of brain systems, emotion regulation

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Chad Hanna

Hanna

Chad Hanna

  • Associate Professor of Physics
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Physics

Office: 104 Davey Lab #253, University Park

Email: crh184@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-2924

Research Focuses: Gravitational-wave astrophysics, multimessenger astrophysics, compact binary systems, black holes, neutron stars

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John Harlim

Harlim

John Harlim

  • Professor of Mathematics and Meteorology
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Mathematics, Meteorology

Office: 214 McAllister Building, University Park

Email: jharlim@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-9024

Research Focuses: Applied mathematics related to data-driven estimation and prediction problems; filtering multi-scale dynamical systems, stochastic parameterization, uncertainty quantification, diffusion maps, non-parametric modeling

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Vasant Honavar

Honavar

Vasant Honavar

  • Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 301A Westgate Building, University Park

Email: vuh14@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3141

Research Focuses: Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, big data analytics, bioinformatics and computational molecular and systems biology, discovery informatics, knowledge representation and semantic web, applied information integration and informatics

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Reuben Kraft

Kraft

Reuben Kraft

  • Shuman Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Office: 320 Leonhard Building, University Park

Email: reuben.kraft@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-4570

Research Focuses: Mechanical sciences, biomechanics, bioengineering

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Xiaofeng Liu, Asst. Prof. CEE

Liu

Xiaofeng Liu

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 223B Sackett, University Park

Email: xliu@engr.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-2940

Research Focuses: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), environmental fluid mechanics, sediment transport and erosion control, land surface process and morphodynamics, multiphase flow, water quality modeling

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Xiao Liu

Liu

Xiao Liu

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Office: 315 Hallowell Building, University Park

Email: xxl213@engr.psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-4419

Research Focuses: Multi-modal neuroimaging techniques, computational neuroscience, brain activity and consciousness, network dynamics of the brain, neural basis of resting-state fMRI connectivity

 

McKenna

Anne Toomey McKenna

  • Distinguished Scholar of Cyber Law and Policy, Dickinson Law
  • Professor in Practice, Penn State Institute for CyberScience
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Dickinson Law

Email: atm19@psu.edu

Phone: 717-241-3508

Research Focuses: Cyberlaw, cybersecurity, data security, data privacy, data breaches, data laws, privacy law, electronic surveillance, federal and state legislation, surveillance technologies, drones (UAVs), body cameras, stingrays (cell site simulators), social media, online data gathering, behavioral targeted advertising, online speech

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Edward O'Brien

O’Brien

Edward O’Brien

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Chemistry

Office: 402 Chemistry Building, University Park

Email: epo2@psu.edu

Phone: 814-867-5100

Research Focuses: Ribosome-associated protein folding, macromolecular self-assembly and chaperone interactions in living cells

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Zita Oravecz

Oravecz

Zita Oravecz

  • Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 216 Health and Human Development Building, University Park

Email: zita@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1546

Research Focuses: Individual differences, process modeling, state-of-the-art statistical approaches, emotion, cognition, Bayesian statistics

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Shaby

Benjamin Shaby

  • Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Statistics

Office: 313 Thomas Building, University Park

Email: bshaby@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-3557

Research Focuses: Extreme value theory, spatial statistics theory and computing, Markov chain Monte Carlo, citizen science, neuroscience

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Gang Tan

Tan

Gang Tan

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: W358 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: gxt29@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-7364

Research Focuses: Software security; programming languages; computer security; software engineering; formal methods; program verification

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Christelle Wauthier

Wauthier

Christelle Wauthier

  • Assistant Professor of Geosciences
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Geosciences

Office: 311 Deike Building, University Park

Email: cuw25@psu.edu

Phone: 814-863-6649

Research Focuses: Magma and volcanic processes; natural hazards; magma-tectonic interactions; remote-sensing and InSAR

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Xiang Zhang

Zhang

Xiang Zhang

  • Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: Information Sciences and Technology

Office: E332 Westgate Building, University Park

Email: xzhang@ist.psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-1004

Research Focuses: Big data analytics; data mining; machine learning; database informatics; biomedical informatics

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Minghui Zhu

Zhu

Minghui Zhu

  • Dorothy Quiggle Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • ICS Co-hire

Department: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: 227E Electrical Engineering West, University Park

Email: muz16@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-5315

Research Focuses: Systems and control; multi-agent networks; distributed algorithms; robotics

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