Author: Danielle McKenna

The Department of Civil and Systems Engineering is pleased to welcome two new faculty members, Hao (Frank) Yang and Melissa Tilashalski, who broaden the expertise and innovative research of our department. 

Hao (Frank) Yang 

Hao (Frank) Yang joins the department as an assistant professor, bringing with him experience in trustworthy machine learning and data science to enhance urban systems. His research focuses on improving the equity, safety, resiliency, and sustainability of transportation and public health systems. Yang’s work involves developing advanced sensors and data-driven perception methodologies, creating trustworthy machine-learning frameworks, and establishing human-machine cooperative traffic systems, with recent projects including a hybrid representation learning method for distracted driving risk prediction and citywide network congestion prediction.

Read more about Yang here. 

Melissa Tilashalski 

Melissa Tilashalski recently joined the department as a lecturer and the director of undergraduate studies for systems engineering. Her academic and research interests are centered on heuristic techniques for variants of the vehicle routing problem (VRP), optimization of production and manufacturing systems, with recent projects that include a two-stage stochastic program for scheduling substitute teachers with uncertainty and the influence of customer locations on heuristics and solutions for the VRP. Melissa brings experience using innovate teaching methods and is focused on curriculum engagement for undergraduate systems engineering through interactive and experiential learning. 

Read more about Tilashalski here.