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Our faculty are not content to trod well-worn engineering paths. Instead, they are driven to pursue innovations in teaching, research that address truly complex challenges, and to pursue worldwide leadership roles in their fields.

  • Swami, Nathan

    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Nathan Swami is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. His group seeks to develop electrically functional microfluidic devices and instrumentation for label-free manipulation, sorting and cytometry of biosystems, for applications...

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  • Taite, Lakeshia J.

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Academic General Faculty, Research Track

    Lakeshia Taite designs biomaterials to create cell-instructive microenvironments that encourage tissue growth or regeneration. By tuning the properties of synthetic polymers, naturally derived polymers and hybrid materials combining both, Professor Taite can engineer biofunctional materials...

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  • Taniuchi, Mami

    Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor of Medicine: Infectious Diseases and International Health, Joint Appointment in Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Taniuchi received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She works with Eric Houpt, MD, and William Petri, Jr., MD, in developing molecular diagnostic assays to detect enteric pathogens that cause diarrhea and malnutrition. Her focus is to develop assays on...

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  • Tao, Gang

    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    For more than 30 years, Professor Gang Tao has worked in various areas of adaptive control theory and applications, with particular interests in adaptive control of systems with multiple inputs and multiple outputs, systems with nonsmooth nonlinearities, and systems with uncertain faults, in...

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  • Taylor, Phillip

    Assistant Professor, Starting fall 2024, Chemical Engineering

    Phillip A. Taylor is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering starting Fall 2024. After obtaining a B.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, he completed an M.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering...

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  • Thiele, Robert H.

    Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Thiele is a Charlottesville native and an alumnus of both Charlottesville High School (1997) and the University of Virginia (Chemical Engineering, 2001). He attended medical school at Vanderbilt, completed his internship at Northwestern, his anesthesiology residency at UVA and his critical...

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  • Thornton, Kathryn C.

    Professor Emeritus

    Selected by NASA in May 1984, Thornton is a veteran of four space flights: STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993, and STS-73 in 1995. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA).

    Thornton was a mission specialist on the...

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  • Townsend, Ingrid

    Professor Emerita

    Ingrid Soudek Townsend joined the Engineering faculty in 1973 as the first full-time female faculty of the school. She served as the chair of the STS department for more than seven years. The Townsend Prize, awarded twice a year to the best undergraduate research paper in STS 101, was created to...

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  • Unnerstall, Ronald J. ("Ron")

    Professor of Practice - Chemical Process Safety, 2019 Brenton S. Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Ron Unnerstall retired from BP in 2017 following a varied career in the Oil and Gas Industry spanning over 34 years. His career was predominately in Refining and Marketing, including 24 years in oil refineries across four locations, and other executive assignments in Chicago, London and Shanghai...

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  • Valdez, Rupa S.

    Associate Professor of Engineering Systems and Environment, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences

    My research focuses on understanding and designing solutions to support the ways in which people manage health at home and in the community. I draw on methods from multiple disciplines including human factors engineering, cultural anthropology, and health informatics, among others. This work...

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