Four teaching professors in the George R. Brown School of Engineering have received promotions, effective Jan. 1.
Promoted to associate teaching professor is Matthew Wettergreen (far right) of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). He earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice in 2008. Promoted from lecturer, he teaches engineering design and helped launch the engineering design minor at the OEDK.
Promoted to assistant teaching professor are: Mackale Joyner (far left), promoted from lecturer in computer science (CS). He serves as director of the professional master’s degree program in CS. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in CS from Rice in 2002, 2005 and 2008, respectively. He worked as a software engineer for Texas Instruments and joined the Rice faculty in 2016.
Eleazar Marquez (second from left), promoted from lecturer in mechanical engineering (MECH). He earned a Ph.D. in MECH in 2016. Marquez received a National Science Foundation-AGEP Fellowship and a Schlumberger Fellowship (K2I) for his research and educational achievements in computational science and engineering.
Risa B. Myers, promoted from lecturer in CS. She earned her Ph.D. in CS from Rice in 2016. From 1996 to 2008 she worked at Perot Systems Corp. in Houston, followed by two years as a principal application systems analyst at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Before returning to Rice she worked as a data scientist at Methodist Hospital. She teaches databases and data science.
Patrick E. Kurp, Engineering Communications