MEM is an independent academic program that belongs to both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. The students majoring in MEM graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business.


MEM Faculty


Ryan CooperDr. Ryan Cooper

Office: Engineering II, Room 314
Phone: (860) 486-8327

About: Professor Cooper joined the University of Connecticut in the Fall of 2016 as an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. from Drexel University (2008) and his Ph.D. from Columbia University (2014). Following his Ph.D. he worked as a postdoctoral research assistant for the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is passionate about teaching and research. His research focuses on multiscale mechanics of materials including 2D materials (such as graphene), ceramics, etc.

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ashwin daniDr. Ashwin Dani

Office: ITE 347
Phone: (860) 486-3344

About: Dr. Dani earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida.

Dr. Dani’s primary research interests are in estimation and control theory for nonlinear systems with applications to various problems in robotics, which will bring societal impact.  Broad research interests are: stochastic estimation and control algorithm design, robust estimator design for uncertain nonlinear systems, planning and navigation for autonomous systems, human-robot interaction, vision-based estimation and control of robotic systems. Dr. Dani has been an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Connecticut since August 2013.

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RWDayDr. Bob Day

Office: BUSN 317
Phone: (860) 486-5293

About: Dr. Day earned his BS from Vanderbilt University and his PhD from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Day is an Associate Professor for the Operations and Information Management (OPIM)  Department in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut in addition to his continuing appointment as the Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program.

Dr. Day’s research interests are: Optimization and Auction Theory, Airport Landing-Slot Auctions, Spectrum License Auctions, Hospital Management OR, Grid computing, Matching and Allocation Problems, Network Optimization, Game Theory and Operations Research.

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Moustapha DiabyDr. Moustapha Diaby

Office: BUSN 368
Phone: (860) 486-5140

About: Dr. Diaby earned his B.S. , M.S and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York.

His areas of expertise are Mathematical Programming; Manufacturing Systems Modeling and Analysis; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Management of International Development Projects. Dr. Diaby is an Associate Professor of Production and Operations Management at the University of Connecticut.

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Sharareh EmadiDr. Sharareh Emadi

Office: Bronwell 106 A.B
Phone: (860) 486-0418

About: Dr. Emadi earned her BS and MS from the University of Paris XII, Paris, France. She earned her PhD from the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.

Dr. Emadi’s current focus is molecular, biochemical, and cell biology with an emphasis on the application and development of antibody phage display, protein engineering and cell-based assay. Her past work includes the bio production, the purification and the characterization of self-assembling peptide nanoparticles (SAPNs) as a novel immunogenic design of the Malaria and Influenza vaccine; the development of recombinant antibodies for the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; the mechanisms of megakaryocytopoiesis dysregulation in myeloproliferative syndrome. She provides research and educational services to the bioengineering laboratories and projects in the School of Engineering.

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Dr. Shalabh Gupta

Office: ITE 341
Phone: (860) 486-3494

About: Dr. Gupta earned a BTech  in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, an MS in both Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Gupta’s research interests are built around various problems related to Cyber-physical Systems. In particular, he is interested in Data Analytics, Information Fusion, Resilient Infrastructures, Distributed Intelligent Systems, Networked-control Systems, Swarm Robotics, Sensor Networks, Smart Grids, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles, Adaptive Navigation & Path Planning,  and Diagnostics & Prognostics in Complex Systems. Dr. Gupta has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut since August 2011.

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Cuihong LiDr. Cuihong Li

Office: BUSN 365
Phone: (860) 486-5914

About: Cuihong Li is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the School of Business, University of Connecticut. Her research explores operations and supply chain management, with a focus on the strategic interactions in the upstream and downstream supply chains, interfacing with economics, marketing, and information technology. Her current research studies problems in procurement and sourcing, supplier and consumer behavior, and service operations. Her research work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and other leading academic journals. She serves as a Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management, and an Associate Editor for Decision Support Systems. At UConn, she teaches core operations management and business decision modeling for the undergraduate, full-time MBA, and BAPM master programs. She received the Best Paper Award (2013) and Teaching Innovation Award (2015) of the School of Business. Cuihong earned her Ph.D. in Management of Manufacturing and Automation from the Tepper School of Business joint with the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automation and Systems Engineering from Tsinghua University, China.

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nunezDr. Manuel Nunez

Office: BUSN 370
Phone: (860) 486-1333

About: Dr. Nunez earned his BS from the University of Costa Rica. his MS from Stanford University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr Nunez’ areas of expertise are convex optimization, combinatorial optimization, stochastic models, operations management and manufacturing, statistical modeling and simulation, computer programming and data structures, genetic algorithms, supply chain management, security and confidentiality in database systems, innovation and sustainability.

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richard parnasDr. Richard Parnas

Office: IMS 206
Phone: (860) 486-9060


Dr. Parnas earned his BS from MIT, and his MS and PhD from UCLA, all in Chemical Engineering. His current research is focused on: bio-renewable chemicals production and membrane separations; renewable polymers and composites and interface engineering.

In addition to MEM, Dr. Parnas is a member of the Polymers Program in the Institute of Materials Science, the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Dept., the Materials Science & Engineering Dept., the Environmental Engineering Program, and the Chemistry Dept. at UConn, as well as an adjunct faculty in Chemical Engineering at Sichuan University. From 2006-2008, Dr. Parnas was the Director of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and prior to UConn he was the head of the Composites Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Mousumi Roy on Sept. 3, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)Dr. Mousumi Roy, P.E.

Office: Engineering II, room 326
Phone: (860) 486-0678

About: Dr. Roy earned her BS from Jadavpur University, India, MS from The Cooper Union, NY, and her Doctoral degree from Columbia University.

She has over 15 years of experiences working in reputed consulting firms such as Weidlinger Associates, BA&C, and WBCM in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland. Her work involved analyzing, designing, and supervising construction of various types of existing and new buildings, bridges and other structures.

Jan StallaertDr. Jan Stallaert

Office: BUSN 377
Phone: (860) 486-6217

About: Dr. Stallaert’s research focuses on the interplay between Economics, Information Systems and Optimization Theory. His past research has focused on developing new types of Decision Support Systems and their organizational impact. He has published in journals such as Discrete Applied Mathematics, Management Science, Interfaces, Information Systems Research, IEEE Computer, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Decision Support Systems, Communications of the ACM, the European Journal of Information Systems, the European Journal of Operational Research, and the Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Database Management and Decision Support Systems and Decision Support Systems. Dr. Stallaert received an Engineering degree and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and a PhD from UCLA. He received a Fulbright award in 1988 and has since been awarded Fellowships from the University of California, the University of Texas and the University of Southern California.

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jiong tangDr. Jiong Tang

Office: UTEB 452
Phone: (860) 486-5911

About: Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mechanics from Fudan University, China, in 1989 and 1992, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2001. From 1992 to 1995 he served as Lecturer at Fudan University in Applied Mechanics. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Tang was a staff engineer at GE Corporate Research Center, Niskayuna, New York.

Dr. Tang joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2002. His current research interests are structural dynamics and system dynamics, active and passive structural controls, structural health monitoring/diagnosis, smart materials and mechatronics, and large-scale analysis of complex dynamic systems. His research projects are interdisciplinary, encompassing multi-physics modeling and analysis, electro-mechanical integration, and sensing/actuation development and signal processing. Dr. Tang’s research has been supported by federal agencies such as NSF and also by industries. While fundamental studies are being pursued in his lab to explore paradigm change in the structure and system dynamics area, research is also being carried out to implement the new findings to practical platforms such as aero-engines and fuel cells.

Dr. Tang was appointed as Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program in May 2016.

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lthakur_square-150x150Dr. Lakshman Thakur

Office: BUSN 384
Phone: (860) 486-2581

About: Dr. Thakur earned his BS from Bombay University, Bombay, India, and his MS and Eng. Sc.D, from Columbia University.

Dr. Thakur’s areas of expertise are: development and applications of linear, nonlinear, and integer programming methods in management science and function approximations in optimization mathematics.

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Diane VanScoterDr. Diane Van Scoter

Office: Engineering II, room 300
Phone: (860) 486-0415

About: Dr. Van Scoter earned a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington – Seattle, an MS in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Dr. Van Scoter is an Associate Professor for the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She served as the Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program for three years, completing her appointment in May 2016.

Dr. Van Scoter has over twenty years of diverse industry experience, ranging from manufacturing at Boeing Commercial, space optics, space survivability, and technology transfer for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Dr. Van Scoter has also directed quality and process improvement at an international logistics company.  She was a senior management consultant for Deloitte, where she managed people and processes for two South African government projects. One in Central Computer Services to cost government services, the other to facilitate the application of various rules and achieving goals set to implement limited payout gambling machines in each South African province.

Her research field and applications include industrial engineering, process improvement, and studying the impact of contextual factors in STEM education. Since arriving at the University of Connecticut in 2012, she was a champion of the MEM program, updating the program to reflect 21st century industry needs and standards, better serving UConn students, the university, employers, and the engineering profession.

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New Engineering faculty portraits - Liang ZhangDr. Liang Zhang

Office: ITE 333
Phone: (860) 486-4462

About: Dr. Zhang received his BS and MS from Tsinghua University in China. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Dr Zhang’s research interests are: modeling, analysis, continuous improvement, design, control, and energy efficient operations of manufacturing and service systems; Mathematical modeling and analysis of battery systems.

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