Dr. Mina Sartipi is a Program Leader for Urban Science & Technology at University
of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC). She is also a UC Foundation Professor at the Computer
Science and Engineering Department, where she leads the Smart Communications and Analysis
Lab (SCAL). She recieved her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University
of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2001 and her M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical
and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003 and 2006, respectively.
In 2008, she was named UC Foundation Assistant Professor. This award was given to
her based on her research activities and students evaluating her teaching. She was
awarded the UTC Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Achievement award in 2016.
She has also been awarded the best researcher in the Department of CSE and the college
of CECS in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Dr. Sartipi’s research interests are in the area of communications and data science,
in particular advanced wireless communications and data analysis for smart healthcare
and urban futures. She has served as the technical program chair of conferences in
the areas of wireless communications and networking. Additionally, Dr. Sartipi has
been called on to review several papers on data compression and error control coding
for various IEEE, ACM, and EURASIP conferences and journals in the past several years.
Dr. Zhen Hu received the bachelor degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology,
Wuhan, China, the master degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, and the
Ph.D. degree from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, USA, in 2004, 2007,
and 2010, respectively.
He currently works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Smart Communication and Analysis
Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His research interests cover from
radio science to data science.
Austin Harris is an graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,
who is expected to begin his Masters in August 2015. He is currently working in the
Smart Communications and Analysis Lab at UTC, his research is based around motion
analysis. During his free time Austin enjoys spending time with his family, and enjoys
spending time out on the water during the summer months.
Jin is from South Korea and he lived in South Korea for 12 years. He is an undergraduate
student at the University of Tennessee majoring in Computer Science : Scientific Application.
He is expected to graduate in December and will be starting his masters program in
the Spring. He joined the research lab late spring 2015, and his research topic is
predictive data analysis.
Hector received his B.S. in physics from Tennessee Tech University. His research interest
are predictive data analysis,cryptography, cyber security and his hobbies include
backpacking and mountain biking.
Working with Dr. Sartipi's research group has been great as we learn so much from
each other's backgrounds.
Rebekah Thompson received her B.S in Graphic Communications Management from Georgia
Southern University. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at UTC and expects
to receive her M.S. Computer Science in 2018. Her research interests include predictive
data analysis and mobile application development. In her free time, she enjoys drawing,
reading, and playing video games.
Brian Williams, originally from Connecticut, received B.AS. in Mathematics and Computer
Science before moving to Tennessee. He is expected to receive his M.S. in Computer
Science from UTC in August 2015. When he's not working, he's an avid fan of Baseball
and the Boston Red Sox.
Brandon Allen is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee. His area of research
lies in motion analysis, which he began while undergraduate. Brandon has received
the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
in May 2015. He has also won the prestigious Sigma Xi Graduate Student Award in April
2015. In his spare time Brandon enjoys working out, playing video games, and spending
time with his wife.