Dr. Majeed M. Hayat
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Associate Director, Center for High Technology Materials
Co-Chair, Optical Science and Engineering Program
Office: CHTM Room 139
phone: (505) 272-7095; (505) 277-0297 (ECE)

Dr. Hayat received his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific (in Stockton, CA) in 1985. He received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, member of the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM), and Co-Chair of Optical Science and Engineering Program at the University of New Mexico. He was Associate Director of CHTM from 2012 to 2016, Associate Editor of Optics Express (Photodetectors and Image Processing) from 2004 to 2010 and Associate Editor and member of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Control Systems Society. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Chair of the topical committee on Photodetectors, Sensors, Systems and Imaging of the IEEE Photonics Society. He is currently Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. His research activities cover a broad range of topics including resilience and reliability of interdependent cyberphysical systems, dynamical modeling of cascading phenomena with applications to power systems, avalanche photodiodes, statistical communication theory, signal and image processing, algorithms for spectral and radar sensing and imaging, optical communication, and networked computing. He is recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Award (1998) and the Chief Scientist Award for Excellence (2006) by the National Consortium for MASINT Research and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Hayat has authored or co-authored over 96 peer-reviewed journal articles (nearly 3,800 citations, H-Index: 30) and has twelve issued patents, five of which have been licensed. Dr. Hayat is Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE.



Dr. Andrea Alberto Mammoli
Associate Professor & Haliburton Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department. University of New Mexico
Office: UNM ME Bldg 420, Phone: (505) 277-9215

Dr. Mammoli is Professor of mechanical engineering and Director of the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Engineering’s Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, Albuquerque, NM, USA. He also holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM. After two years as a Director-funded Postdoctoral Fellow with Los Alamos National Laboratory, in 1997, he joined the UNM as a Research Assistant Professor. Until 2004, he conducted research in the flow of heterogeneous materials, using both experimental techniques (nuclear magnetic resonance, particle image velocimetry and rheometry) as well as high-performance direct numerical simulation using primarily boundary element techniques. Stimulated by a DOE-sponsored project on CO2 sequestration, and by a sabbatical year at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy, in 2005, he steered his research activities to the area of energy systems, beginning with a project to refurbish and modernize the solar-assisted HVAC in the UNM Mechanical Engineering building. This initial effort spun off many related projects, dealing with the interaction between buildings and the electric power grid, especially concerning how buildings can enable higher levels of renewable energy from all sources. He collaborates with the utility industry and national laboratories (Sandia, Berkeley and Los Alamos) on various demonstration projects and testbeds to bring new technologies online speedily.


GhaniDr. Nasir Ghani
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, ENB 374, Tampa, Florida 33620-5399, USA
Phone: (813) 974-4772


Dr. Ghani received a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1991, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Mc Master University, Canada, in 1992, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1997. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, where he is actively involved in a wide range of funded research projects. He has gained a wide range of industrial and academic experience in the networking area and has held senior positions at Nokia, IBM, Motorola, Sorrento Networks, and Tennessee Tech University. He has authored over 100 publications (including journal and conference papers, book chapters, industry magazine articles, and standardization drafts) and has two patents granted. He is currently a co-chair of the IEEE INFOCOM High-Speed Network (HSN) series and has served as a co-chair for the optical networking symposia for IEEE ICC 2006 and IEEE GLOBECOM 2007. He is also a program committee member for IEE/OSA OFC and numerous other conferences and has served regularly on NSF, DOE, and other international panels. He is an associate editor of IEEE Communications Letters and has guest edited special issues of IEEE Network, IEEE Communications Magazine, and Cluster Computing. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.


Dr. Mahshid R. Naeini

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX, USA
Phone: 806.834.6243

Dr. Naeini is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science at the Texas Tech University. She received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of New Mexico where she worked with Prof. Majeed M. Hayat on characterization of the reliability and efficiency of computer networks and electric-cyber infrastructures. Prior to that, Dr. Naeini received my M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in 2009 and B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2007. Her research interests include reliability and performance analysis of communication networks, smart grids and smart-grid networking, cyber-physical infrastructure design, and resource management in distributed systems.


Dr. Joana Abreu

Behavior Scientist
Senior Technical Staff
Building Energy Management Department of Computer Science

Dr. Joana Abreu leads behavioral research for Fraunhofer CSE’s Building Energy Management Group. At Fraunhofer CSE, she works with a team comprising engineers, building scientists and psychologists to apply experimental psychology methods to complex systems-level research in both field and laboratory research projects. She developed an externally-funded interdisciplinary research program that includes such diverse subjects as energy efficiency, social science, data analytics, environmental engineering and geographical information systems.

Former collaborators:

Dr. Yasamin Mostofi, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.


Current Students and Postdoc

Zhuoyao Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow

Pankaz Das, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering / Communication

Rezoan Shuvro, M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Former Students

Yaser Yasaei, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Mahshid Rahnamay-Naeini, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/ Communication

Zhuoyao Wang, Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Shahin Abdollahy, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering / Power & Energy