ECE Department Welcomes New Faculty

The ECE Department has hired 4 new faculty members for the 2023-2024 academic year.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is very pleased to announce four new additions to our faculty for the upcoming semesters. As the College of Engineering continues to expand, it is imperative to meet these demands with more professors who can aid the growth of our department and the development of our students. 

Kaixiong Zhou will be joining ECE as a tenure-track assistant professor in August 2023. Zhou completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Rice University with Professor Xia Hu in May. He will join MIT as a postdoctoral researcher during 2023-2024. His research interests include large-scale graph machine learning to advance the frontiers of graph data analysis, including deep graph neural networks, efficient graph representation learning, graph quantum computing, and their applications to science problems in biochemical informatics.

Dima Farfurnik will be joining ECE as a tenure-track assistant professor in October 2023. Farfurnik was most recently a postdoctoral associate with Professor Edo Waks at the University of Maryland at College Park, Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics and Joint Quantum Institute. His Ph.D. is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his research interests include developing hybrid interfaces between single spins and single photons for quantum simulation, networking and sensing.

Yuan Liu will be coming to NC State in January 2024. in a joint faculty position with ECE and computer science as a tenure-track assistant professor. The appointment will be 51%/49% with ECE as the lead department. Liu received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown in 2020, and since 2020 has been a post-doctoral researcher at MIT working with Professors Isaac Cheung and Troy Van Voorhis. His research interests include quantum algorithms, electronic structure and dynamics, chemical physics, stochastic algorithms, quantum sensing, continuous-variable quantum information processing, vibrational-electronic dynamics, quantum statistical mechanics, and spectroscopy.

Alyssa Koda will be joining the ECE as a tenure-track assistant professor in January 2024. Koda received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was recently a Maria Goeppert Mayer Postdoctoral Fellow in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Her overarching research interest is the development of optimization and control algorithms for power and energy systems, and she will be affiliated with the FREEDM Systems Center.

The NC State Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers its congratulations to each new faculty member and is excited to welcome them as valuable additions to our faculty!

Demitry Farfurnik

Incoming Assistant Professor
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