New Faculty—2009-2010

Antonio Badolato

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Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Antonio earned his undergraduate degree (laurea) from Universita di Pisa. In 1997, he joined the condensed matter laboratory of Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa directed by Franco Bassani. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2005 under the supervision of Pierre Petroff and Evelyn Hu. He then joined Atac Imamoglu's Quantum Photonic group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich as a post-doc and then senior scientist.

Antonio has broad experience in the field of low-dimensional semiconductor structures. His work has included crystal growth of quantum hetero-structures via molecular beam epitaxy, nano-fabrication, ultra-high resolution microscopy, and optical spectroscopy. His current research focuses on quantum optics of artificial atoms, such as quantum dots embedded in photonic nano-structures.

Jeffrey Bigham

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Jeffrey P. Bigham received his B.S.E degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2003. Starting in fall 2003, he attended the University of Washington, where he worked with Richard E. Ladner. He has won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Accessible Technology Award, the W4A Accessibility Challenge Delegate's Award, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for Technology Collaboration, the NCTI Technology in the Works Award, and the University of Washington College of Engineering Student Innovator Award for Research. He was named one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovator's Under 35 in 2009 for his work on WebAnywhere, a non-visual web browser that lets blind people use any computer, even locked-down public terminals. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2005 and his Ph.D. in 2009, both in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington.

His research explores novel intelligent computer interfaces that enable anyone to independently access and improve information on the World Wide Web. These tools are made possible by novel predictive models of web actions, inference over recorded interactions, and careful consideration of the design constraints for creating software that can run anywhere. Solutions created by users of these tools can be shared so that users can collaboratively help one another make sense of the web. In particular, disabled people are not only access consumers but also effective partners in achieving better access for everyone.

Gregorio Caetano

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Assistant Professor of Economics

Gregorio Caetano received his Ph.D. in Economics this year from the University of California, Berkeley. Greg received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics respectively at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Getulio Vargas Foundation, both in Brazil.

Greg’s research is in the areas of labor economics, public finance, and the economics of education. For instance, in his paper “Estimation of Parental Valuation of School Quality in the U.S.,” Greg contrasts neighborhood choices by families with differing numbers of children of schooling age to evaluate how much families value measures of school quality. Greg’s approach controls for differences in family characteristics by district, a factor that is convoluted with school quality in many past studies. His results suggest families place particularly emphasis on quality differences across high schools.

Jessica Cantlon

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Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Jessica Cantlon is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Jessica received her Ph.D in Psychology & Neuroscience from Duke University, followed by postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University and the French National Institute of Health and Medicine in Paris, France. During her training, Jessica was awarded the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Award for developmental psychology from the American Psychological Association, a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, and a postdoctoral research grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Jessica studies the origins of number concepts in young children and non-human primates using cognitive and neuroimaging methods in order to understand the primitive sources of numerical knowledge that allow humans to develop a sophisticated repertoire of mathematical skills.

Jennifer Grotz

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Assistant Professor of English

Jennifer Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters; and the letterpress chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions 2001). Her poems and translations from the French and the Polish have appeared widely, in journals and magazines such as Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and Best American Poetry 2000 and 2009. Her essays and reviews have recently appeared in Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She completed her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she also served as the administrative director of the Krakow Poetry Seminar, an international gathering that studied the connections between Polish and American poetry. Previously an assistant professor in the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she now teaches poetry and translation at the University of Rochester. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the nation’s oldest writers conference, founded in 1926 by Robert Frost.

Engin Ipek

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Engin Ipek is assistant professor of computer science, and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester. Prior to joining U of R, Ipek was a researcher in the Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research, where his focus was on multicore architectures, hardware-software interaction, and the application of machine learning to computer systems. At the University, Ipek will continue developing flexible, self-optimizing multicore architectures—architectures that are capable of adapting both their internal hardware organization and their resource management and control policies to the needs of software products running on them.

Ipek received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2008. His doctoral dissertation was nominated by Cornell for the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. He earned his BS in 2003 and his MS in 2007, both from Cornell in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ipek has worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research from 2007 to 2009; before that, he has worked at Intel Corporation during the summer of 2005, and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during the summer of 2004.

Jannick Rolland

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Professor of Optics and Biomedical Engineering

Jannick Rolland earned a Diploma from the Institut D'Optique in France in 1984, and MS (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in Optical Science from the University of Arizona. After a year and half as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focused on learning vision and computer graphics while designing stereoscopic head-worn displays for medical visualization, Prof. Rolland headed the Vision Research Group for Medical Displays (1992-1996). In 1996, she joined the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (1996-2008) where she built the Optical Diagnostics and Applications Laboratory (ODALab). In 2009, she joined the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester as the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optics and Professor of Biomedical Engineering while also serving as Associate Director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering. Professor Rolland served on the editorial board of the Journal Presence (MIT Press) (1996-2006), and as Associate Editor of Optical Engineering (1999-2004). She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of SID.

Professor Rolland's central research interests are in the fields of optical instrumentation and system engineering. Research areas of interest are (1) Optical System Design for Imaging and Non-imaging Optics (2) Physics-based modeling, and (3) Image Quality Assessment. These areas have been applied to Eyewear Displays for Augmented Reality, Optical Coherence Imaging, Biomedical and Medical Modeling and Simulation, Alignment of Optical Systems, and 3D Velocimetry.

Melissa Sturge-Apple

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Assistant Professor of Psychology

Melissa Sturge-Apple received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Upon earning her degree, she was the recipient of an NIMH funded National Research Service Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship on examining the role of gender in the association between interparental conflict and parenting practices. After the completion of her fellowship, she spent three years as a Research Associate at the Mt. Hope Family Center.

Dr. Sturge-Apple’s research broadly focuses on understanding how children develop within the context of the family. Guided by emotional security theory and ethological perspectives on the family, her work specifically seeks to understand how the interplay between interparental relationships and parent-child relationships impacts children’s functioning. She is a co-principal investigator on a NINR funded, 4-year research project that examines multiple-levels of mother-child relationships. Within this study, in collaboration with faculty from the department of electrical engineering, she is also working on the development of new methods for capturing family dynamics in psychological research including wireless distance and physiological monitoring systems.

Melissa graduated from the University of Rochester in 1992 and is married to Chris Apple (’92). The Apples live in the cit of Rochester, and are proud parents of Kellen, 6, and Braedon, 4.