Welcome to our 3 new faculty members
The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering welcomes three new faculty members.
Dr. David E. Bernal Neira earned a BSc and an MSc in chemical engineering from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in chemical engineering, focused on process systems engineering.
Before starting his appointment at the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering in 2023, Bernal Neira will complete a postdoctoral appointment in the NASA Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), working at the intersection of quantum computing and combinatorial optimization.
Bernal Neira has held research positions at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, USRA, and NASA QuAIL. He has experience as the co-lecturer for the Quantum Integer Programming course at CMU and as an undergraduate and MSc student mentor. In addition, he has given several invited talks and conference presentations, and he has had more than 20 articles published, on topics including optimization software and theory, applications in chemical and process systems engineering, and quantum computing.
Dr. Can Li received a BEng from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in chemical engineering under the supervision of Professor Ignacio Grossmann.
He will conduct one year of research as a postdoctoral fellow at Polytechnique Montréal with Professor Andrea Lodi before joining the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering in 2022.
Li has given several invited talks and conference presentations. He has had 13 articles published, in both chemical engineering and applied math journals.
Dr. Brian Tackett holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in chemical engineering from Columbia University.
Prior to joining the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Functional Nanostructured Materials Group. He also previously spent a year in the Chemistry Division at the Brookhaven National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy Graduate Student Research Program.
Tackett, who completed the Teaching Development Program through the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning, is committed to incorporating research-based pedagogical methods into course structures to maximize learning outcomes for all students.
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