Atanasoff Today 2022-23: Welcome New Faculty

MENGDI HUAI, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia prior to coming to Iowa State. Her research interests are in the general areas of data mining and machine learning, with an emphasis on developing novel techniques to build trustworthy learning systems that are explainable, robust, private, and fair. 


CHENGLIN MIAO, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR joins the department from his previous role as an assistant professor at the University of Georgia. He obtained his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests include security and privacy, Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning with a focus in developing novel techniques for the security, privacy, and safety of emerging IoT systems and machine learning algorithms.


MEISAM MOHAMMADY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR worked as a research scientist at Data 61 prior to joining the department. He obtained his Ph.D. from Concordia University. His research interests include differential privacy, federated learning, anonymity, computational learning theory, and secure multiparty computation.



ABRAHAM ALDACO, ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR joins the department from his previous role as a professor at Tecnologico de Monterrey. His research interests include data sciences, machine learning, applied statistics, applications of design of experiments, data analytics, simulation for modeling and optimization, cross-layer factor interactions, and computational security.


GEORGI BATINOV, ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR worked as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Computer Science before being promoted to assistant teaching professor. His areas of expertise include user modeling and quantitative human-computer interaction.




MATTHEW HOLMAN, LECTURER joins the department after recently graduating from the University of Idaho with his master’s degree in Computer Science after transitioning from a previous career in music. He specializes in using languages like Python, C, and C++ and looks forward to applying his previous experience in new, creative, and innovative ways.