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The Clark School’s Future Faculty Program

Meet Future Faculty Program Alumna Prof. Enlu Zhou

Enlu Zhou

I successfully landed a tenure track academic position at the University of Illinois right after my Ph.D. graduation. This was partly due to what I learned through the experience in the Future Faculty Program (FFP). The program talked about every aspect in landing an academic position, including how to work towards that goal during graduate life, how to prepare application materials, and how to handle interviews. I also gained the experience of teaching and mentoring through the practicum, which gave me an advantage in the job application process and a head start in my career. The FFP goes far beyond that; it also educates extensively about the whole academic career, including research, teaching, grantsmanship, service, and networking. Being a young assistant professor now, I am still benefitting from what I have learned at FFP.


Cultivating Tomorrow’s Great Engineering Teachers

Apply NowAs a leading academic institution, the Clark School has a responsibility to help produce the great engineering teachers future generations of students will rely on. While many Clark School alumni have already secured academic positions around the world on their own initiative, we have created the Future Faculty Program to:

  • Increase the number of highly qualified teachers the Clark School produces for the world’s engineering schools
  • Prepare selected Clark School doctoral students to achieve career-long success in the academic world as teachers and researchers
  • Place selected students in leading institutions where their impact can be greatest and where they can continue to partner with the Clark School

This year the Clark School Future Faculty Program has expanded to include PhD Students from the Department of Computer Science.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities (You must be on campus to access)
Since some of you will decide to do a postdoctoral fellowship prior to obtaining a faculty position, we have undertaken to compile a list of postdoctoral opportunities. We are focusing on institutions that grant fellowships on a regular basis.

Congratulations to the 2017 Future Faculty!

Name Department Advisor
Faez Ahmed ME Mark Fuge
Abdulrahman Baknina ECE Sennur Ulukus
Karim Banawan ECE Sennur Ulukus
Jason Burr AE Kenneth Yu
Su Cheun Oh ChBE Dongxia Liu
Yan Ding FPE Stanislav Stoliarov
Randy Ganye ME Miao Yu
John Goertz BIOE Ian White
Emily Hand CS Rama Chellappa
Yu Jin ECE Joseph JaJa
Xiaotian Ma ME Sarah Bergbreiter
Matthew Mauriello CS Jon E Froehlich
Michael Maynord CS Yiannis Aloimonos
Long Nguyen ECE Vladimir Manucharyan
Travis Ostrom CEE Allen Davis
Jie Peng ME Peter Chung
Eliot Rudnick-Cohen ME Shapour Azarm
Saurabh Saxena ME Michael Pecht
Marina Shumakovich BIOE Kim Stroka
Nathan Shumway AE Stuart Laurence
Shayandev Sinha ME Siddhartha Das
LeopoldoTorres BIOE Peter Kofinas
Xiao Wang CS Jonathan Katz
Matthew Widstrom MSE Peter Kofinas
Yizhou Zhu MSE Yifei Mo


If you are a Clark School doctoral candidate who is considering participating in the program, please:
  1. Review the Future Faculty Program course descriptions
  2. Review list of current and past future faculty fellows
  3. Review roster of current program faculty members
  4. Review list of Clark School alumni that are now holding academic positions
  5. Apply to the program

We look forward to discussing your interests.

For more information about the Future Faculty Program, please contact:

Peter Kofinas
(301) 405-7335


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