Toor, Reinhardt, and Mubeen Join CCAD Faculty

The Center for Computer-Aided Design welcomes three new faculty affiliates: Fatima Toor, Joseph M. Reinhardt, and Syed Mubeen.

Fatima Toor is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department with secondary appointments in Physics and Astronomy, the Informatics Initiative Cluster, and the Optical Science and Technology Center. She is also an affiliate member of the University of Iowa Holden Cancer Center - Experimental Therapeutics program. Dr. Toor is the vice president of Laser Technology Development at an Iowa-based startup, Firefly Photonics LLC, which is developing mid-infrared lasers and LEDs for medical and security applications, and is an advisor for a Massachusetts-based startup, Advanced Silicon Group, which is developing low-cost silicon-based optoelectronic devices, including biosensors for cancer biomarker detection. Dr. Toor’s research group works in the field of photonics at the interface of optical engineering, materials engineering, quantum physics, and electromagnetics. In particular, they engineer the properties of electrons, photons, spins, and phonons in micro- and nano-structured materials, such as semiconductors, metals, dielectrics, and polymers, to develop novel photonic devices and systems. They use computer-based analytical modeling for optimized design, chemical processing for micro/nanofabrication, and various optical, electrical, and thermal testing techniques for performance characterization. Target applications include photovoltaics, biosensors, mid-infrared light emitters, and fundamental science discovery.

Joseph M. Reinhardt is professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and professor in the Department of Radiology. He received the BS degree from Carnegie Mellon University, the MS degree from Northeastern University, and the PhD degree from Penn State University, all in electrical engineering. He worked for five years in industry as a radar systems engineer before joining the University of Iowa as a post-doc in Radiology in 1994 and was appointed an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering in 1997. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Reinhardt’s research interests are in the areas of medical image processing, with a special emphasis on pulmonary imaging, and he was the co-chair of the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium for 2011 and 2012. Dr. Reinhardt, together with colleagues from the University of Iowa, founded VIDA Diagnostics, an Iowa-based medical imaging software company that focuses on computer-aided diagnosis and image-guided interventions for lung disease. He is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine, the Medical Scientist Training Program, and the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging.

Syed Mubeen is an assistant professor in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. His research centers on developing cost-effective materials and systems for electrochemical energy conversion and water treatment applications, understanding electrochemical reaction pathways in supercritical environments, and understanding surface plasmon mediated energy generation and transport pathways for photoelectrochemical applications. Dr. Mubeen received his B.Tech in chemical and electrochemical engineering at Central Electrochemical Research Institute in India and his PhD in chemical and environmental engineering at UC Riverside. As a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Barbara, he studied plasmonic metals and semiconductors for photoelectrochemistry. He is also associated with two start-up companies, as lead scientist for HyperSolar Inc and co-founder of PANI CLEAN Inc. Dr. Mubeen’s research group has the following missions: (1) to engineer novel nanomaterials and systems (including plasmonic materials) for (photo)electrochemical energy conversion and water treatment applications, (2) to develop novel nanomanufacturing strategies to build these materials with well-defined molecular and nanoscale architectures, (3) to characterize their physical, optical, chemical, and (photo)electrochemical properties to develop understanding at the fundamental level, and (4) to evaluate their performance in device scale and build prototypes for the transition from lab scale to scales relevant to societal and technological impact.