This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.

New Faculty Faces

Published: February 3, 2005

Name: Gilberto Mosqueda
School: Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.S., University of California, Irvine; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Special Interest: Structural engineering, earthquake engineering, large-scale testing, seismic isolation and energy dissipation systems, seismic design and analysis of nonstructural components
I am currently working on developing a testing method that simultaneously combines experimental and numerical simulations. In this test method, we simulate the earthquake response of a building or a bridge in the computer, but replace the elements that are difficult to model with a physical test specimen in the laboratory and feed its behavior to the simulation. Further, we are looking at using this method for testing complex structural systems by using a network of laboratories. We take a bridge, for example, and geographically distribute the columns of the bridge in Buffalo, Berkeley and other labs so that we can test all the bridge components simultaneously without limits in laboratory capabilities.


Name: Aleksandr Verevkin
School: Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Electrical Engineering
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degree: Ph.D., physics, Moscow State Pedagogical University
Areas of Special Interest: Nanophotonics, superconductivity, microwave and ultrafast electronic technologies
I'm working on single-photon sources and single-photon detectors capable of emitting/detecting the smallest portion of the light—not only in the visible range, but also in infrared, etc. These technologies will be the key elements for the future in optical quantum computing and, ultimately, secure communications. At the same time, the biotechnology and health sciences fields also need faster/more effective single-photon detectors. Surprisingly, the same is true for long-distance space communication, for deep-space astronomy and even for the computer chip failure diagnostic industry. I want to make better detectors for these needs.


Name: Diane M. Wrisley
School: Public Health and Health Professions
Department: Rehabilitation Science
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.S., physical therapy, University at Buffalo; M.S., post-professional physical therapy, Old Dominion University; Ph.D., rehabilitation science, University of Pittsburgh; Post-doctoral fellowship, neuroscience, Oregon Health & Sciences University
Areas of Special Interest: Sensory influences on balance and postural control, evaluation and treatment of vestibular (inner ear) and balance dysfunction
As an alumnus, it is exciting to return to the place that gave me my start in this field. I was attracted to UB by the excellent facilities, the commitment to cutting-edge research and the opportunities to collaborate.


Name: Krzysztof Ziarek
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Comparative Literature
Academic Title: Professor
Academic Degrees: M.A. and Ph.D., English, University at Buffalo
Areas of Special Interest: Continental philosophy, aesthetics, 20th century poetry and poetics, the avant-garde, literary theory
I enjoy engaging students in discussion and in serious intellectual inquiry.