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Cullen College of Engineering promotes six professors
September 28, 2021
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Stephen Greenwell
Six professors have been promoted for the 2021-22 academic year at the Cullen College of Engineering.
Six professors have been promoted for the 2021-22 academic year at the Cullen College of Engineering.

The Cullen College of Engineering is happy to announce that six professors have earned promotions, starting with the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year.

All listed positions are tenured, or on a tenure track. Professors are listed alphabetically by last name.

  • Dan Burleson, Instructional Associate Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's First Year Experience program. Burleson earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. In 2010, he joined UH as a graduate research assistant. He completed his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in 2015.
  • Jiefu Chen, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Chen earned his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Dynamics & Control, respectively, as the Dalian University of Technology in China. He earned his doctorate from Duke University. After serving as a staff scientist for Weatherford International – a multinational oil field service company – from 2011 through 2015, he joined the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015.
  • Sheereen Majd, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Majd received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2009. Upon completion of a short post-doctoral training in BME at Michigan, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering Department at Pennsylvania State University. Majd joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at University of Houston in Fall 2015.
  • Brian Metrovich, Instructional Full Professor in Undergraduate Programs and Student Success. Metrovich earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1996. He earned his M.S. and doctorate from Lehigh University. From 2010 to 2017, Metrovich was a professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, before joining the Cullen College of Engineering in Fall 2017.
  • Megan Robertson, Full Professor in the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Robertson earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. After two years at Rohm & Haas – now part of Dow Chemical – she was hired as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2010. She started at UH as an Assistant Professor in 2010, earning a promotion to Associate Professor in 2017.
  • Di Yang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Yang earned his B.S. in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004. He earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2009, followed by a doctorate in 2010, both from John Hopkins University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at JHU until 2015, when he was hired by UH as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Yang also serves as Graduate Admissions Director for Mechanical Engineering, a position he started this year.

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