Brown and Tien earn tenure, four others promoted to full professor

Joe Brown

Iris Tien

Baabak Ashuri

Yong Cho

Jorge Laval

Yang Wang

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members Joseph Brown and Iris Tien have been promoted to associate professor and earned tenure at Georgia Tech.

Meanwhile, four of their colleagues, Baabak Ashuri, Yong Cho, Jorge Laval and Yang Wang, were promoted to full professor starting July 1.

All learned of their promotions last week.

Brown joined the academic faculty at Georgia Tech in 2014. He studies water and wastewater microbiology, including anti-microbial resistance in the environment and engineering applications in underserved communities. He earned his doctorate at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Tien came to Tech in 2014 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She studies structural and infrastructure health monitoring and risk analysis for civil infrastructure systems. In 2018, the City of Atlanta picked Tien to co-lead a working group for the city’s efforts to address transportation systems and related risks to infrastructure.

Ashuri holds a joint appointment in the Schools of Building Construction and Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Fellow of Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech. His research/teaching occupy a distinctive position, bridging the fields of building construction, civil and environmental engineering, economics, and operations research. Ashuri earned three degrees from Georgia Tech, including his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Cho earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech and returned as a faculty member in 2013. He studies construction automation and robotics. He received an NSF Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2011. He earned his doctorate at the University of Texas.

Laval came to Tech in 2006. He studies traffic flow theory, simulation of traffic flow models, queueing theory in transportation, and dynamic congestion pricing. In 2011, the National Science Foundation awarded Laval an Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) award for his research on the impacts of freeway design and congestion characteristics. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Wang joined the faculty at Tech in 2007. He studies structural health monitoring and damage detection, wireless and mobile sensors, and structural dynamics. He received an NSF Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2012 and a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2013. Wang earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.