Meet Our Faculty


  • Pilgyu Kang

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau Affiliate faculty

    Prior to coming to Mason Pilgyu Kang was a postdoctoral research associate in Nam Research Group in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research focuses on the development of flexible optoelectronic sensors and devices based on two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), for example Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2).
  • Jens-Peter Kaps

    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Jens-Peter Kaps joined Mason after he received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2006. He is a co-director of the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group (CERG) at the Volgenau School of Engineering. His research interests include ultra-low power cryptographic hardware design, side-channel analysis, computer arithmetic, efficient cryptographic algorithms, and ubiquitous computing.
  • Khaled Khasawneh

    Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Khaled N. Khasawneh’s research interest is in computer architecture support for security, malware detection, adversarial machine learning, and side channels attacks. He previously interned at Facebook on the Community Integrity team. His 2018 paper in USENIX Workshop on offensive technologies received the best paper award.
  • Eugene Kim

    Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau

    Eugene Kim is primarily focused on engineering education and the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically in the areas of active learning and team-based learning. His research interests have been in developing protein-based biomaterials using microbial platforms for the production of strong underwater bioadhesives and biocomposites. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Erik Knudsen completed his graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2006 and taught as an adjunct professor for one semester prior to joining industry as a senior engineer at Northrop Grumman.
  • Associate Chair, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau Director of CEIE Graduate Program, Volgenau

    Laura Kosoglu earned her PhD from Virginia Tech, where she studied factors that influence clay behavior for time-dependent processes such as secondary compression, shear deformation, and fault dynamics behavior as a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Doctoral Fellow, and Marion Via Doctoral Fellow. Her work resulted in the development of a novel experimental method to measure the coefficient of friction between clay particles at the micro-scale using an Atomic Force Microscope.
  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Pelin Kurtay earned her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University. She is associate chair of the department and heads the undergraduate curriculum development efforts and other departmental initiatives. She is the recipient of the 2015 Teacher of Distinction Award at George Mason University for exceptional teaching and commitment to teaching-related activities in electrical and computer engineering and Information technology. She is a senior member of the IEEE.
  • Kathryn Laskey

    Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau Associate Director, C4I Center, Volgenau

    With just a swipe or a keystroke, citizens of the Information Age expect instant access to vast stores of knowledge. Turning that expectation into reality is Kathryn Laskey’s passion. She develops methods for transforming data from a variety of sources into information to answer our questions and improve our decisions. She has applied her research to areas as diverse as detecting insider threats in information systems, predicting innovations in science and technology, protecting soldiers from improvised explosive devices, and understanding airline delays.
  • David Lattanzi

    Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Using new techniques to improve transportation safety.
  • Elisabeth Lattanzi

    Instructor, Volgenau

    Elisabeth Lattanzi spent more than a decade designing products across a variety of industries. Her portfolio includes work on interactive science museum exhibits, railcar components, custom-made nuclear inspection robots, and high-volume consumer products, among others. She enjoys making constant, tangential references to these experiences in her lectures.