Faculty and Staff

Hana Böttger

Department Chair

Hana Böttger’s interests lie at the intersection of structural materials engineering and architecture. She is the first chairperson of the Department of Engineering, launched in 2020. She also created and has been directing the Architectural Engineering minor program within the Department of Art + Architecture. She has taught international immersion courses and project courses in which students work with community partners, as well as architectural engineering topics. Hana has been a teacher...


MArch, MS, Structural Materials Engineering, UC Berkeley, BS, Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

Noopur Agarwal

Assistant Professor

Noopur Agarwal is a designer and educator who has worked in the nonprofit, publishing, and technology sectors, designing for brands, exhibitions, publications, and advertisements. Agarwal is more broadly interested in explorations in identity and privilege, supporting cultural organizations in their public programming, and digital culture. Her creative works often take the form of environmental graphics—wayfinding, exhibitions, projection art, installations, and infographics/data visualizations...


MFA, Graphic and Interactive Design, Temple University, BSD, Visual Communication Design, The Ohio State University

Thomas Böttger

(415) 422-5716

Tom Böttger is from Berlin, Germany and is first and foremost a teacher. He enjoys teaching the large introductory physics courses as well as hands-on courses like Electronics and Digital Electronics.In his research he studies optical, dynamical, and magnetic properties of solids, specifically optical materials doped with rare earth ions. This work is centered on understanding the fundamental material physics at the microscopic scale, but also geared towards the development of optical materials...


Montana State University, PhD in Physics, 2002, Montana State University, MS in Physics, 1999, Humboldt University, Germany, Diploma in Physics, 1996, University of Kent, England, University Diploma in Physics, 1993

Christopher Brooks

(415) 422-7086

Christopher Brooks is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at USF, with a joint appointment in the Department of Engineering. He joined USF in 2002 after completing a PhD in computer science at the University of Michigan. He also holds an MS in computer science from San Francisco State University, and a BA and JBA in English and journalism, respectively, from the University of Wisconsin. From 2010-2019, Professor Brooks served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences...


University of Michigan, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, 2002, San Francisco State University, M.S.. Computer Science, 1997, University of Wisconsin, B.A./J.B.A., English and Journalism, 1991


Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Multiagent Systems, Computing and Social Justice

Johnathan Cromwell

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6537

Innovation drives the production of new and useful products, services, and technologies that can help solve some of society's greatest problems. However, it is important to understand that these innovations are created by and for people. Johnathan Cromwell USF Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Johnathan Cromwell's research focuses on how people collaborate with each other as they define, solve, and change problems while working on creativity and innovation projects in organizations. This...


DBA Management, Harvard Business School, S.B. Chemical-Biological Engineering, MIT

Osasere Evbuomwan

Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Engineering Summer Zero Program
(415) 422-4914

Professor Evbuomwan received her BS in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in May 2006. Later that year, she joined the chemistry program at the University of Texas at Dallas where she received her PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of A. Dean Sherry. Evbuomwan spent an additional year at UT Dallas as a postdoctoral research associate after which she was selected as one of ten Madrid-MIT M+Vision Postdoctoral Research Fellows at MIT. In...


PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas at Dallas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Xiaosheng Huang

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6281

My research interests are in observational cosmology. Fourteen years after the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (Nobel Prize 2011), a standard model of the universe (and its variations) has been established but fundamental questions about the nature of dark energy remain unanswered. Along with collaborators in the Supernova Cosmology Project led by Saul Perlmutter at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, I am working on the following projects and would like to engage...


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Physics (2004)

Amalia Kokkinaki

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4117

An assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science since 2016, Dr. Amalia Kokkinaki holds a PhD degree from the University of Toronto in Canada and joined USF after completing her postdoctoral research at Stanford University. She is an environmental engineer with expertise in groundwater flow, fate and transport of contaminants, and biological treatment of organic pollutants. Her research is in the nexus of mathematical and statistical modeling of the physical, chemical and...


University of Toronto, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013, University of Toronto, MASc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007, Technical University of Crete, BS and MS, Environmental Engineering, 2005


Groundwater flow and transport, Contaminant hydrogeology, Environmental chemistry and microbiology, Statistical modeling and data assimilation, Bayesian inverse modeling

Nick Leonard

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6372

Nick Leonard is interested in epistemology, cognitive psychology, and certain topics at the intersection of the two. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University and his BA in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii. In 2015-2016 he was a visiting scholar at Brown University.


University of Hawaii, BA in Philosophy, 2011, Northwestern University, PhD in Philosophy, 2019

Luigi (Lou) Lucaccini

Adjunct Professor
(415) 383-4616

Luigi (Lou) Lucaccini has a PhD in engineering psychology from UCLA and an MBA from USF. He is an adjunct professor both in the entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and international business department in the School of Management and in the engineering department in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was part of the curriculum development group that helped to plan for USF’s engineering program. Among other assignments, he has enjoyed teaching courses for new students in the first-year...


UC Los Angeles, PhD in Engineering Psychology, 1968, USF, MBA, 1980


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operation, Engineering Psychology, Education Research and Development, Adaptive Computer-Aided Training Systems

Thomas MacDonald

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5895

Tom MacDonald received his PhD from Stanford University. Professor MacDonald's research focuses on designing computer simulations of problems of pollution migration and using the results to engineer systems to contain pollutants and prevent further spreading. He has also published his research on the neural network application for bioremediation. Recently he has co-authored papers dealing with environmental risk and the precautionary principle.


PhD, Stanford University

Elizabeth Mickaily-Huber

Adjunct Professor

Although Professor Elizabeth Mickaily-Huber's degrees are in chemical engineering, her specialty is in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Over the years, besides using CFD to solve real-world problems, she has taught engineering, environmental science, and mathematics at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (Switzerland), and CSU Los Angeles.


University of California, San Diego, PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, MS in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, BS in Chemical Engineering

Julio Moreno

(415) 422-6082

Julio Moreno is a professor of history and affiliated engineering faculty at the University of San Francisco. Born in the Salvadoran countryside, Professor Moreno fled his country's civil war at the age of fourteen and navigated the US educational system as an undocumented immigrant. He is the recipient of distinguished awards that include research fellowships on the globalization of U.S. business, technology, and diplomacy at the Library of Congress and the Institute for Historical Studies at...

Daniel O'Connor

Assistant Professor, Director of BSDS Program

Daniel's research interests are in large scale optimization modeling and algorithms. His postdoctoral research in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology focused on applications of optimization in radiation therapy, medical imaging, and machine learning.


PhD, Mathematics, UCLA

Sean Olson

Director of Engineering Laboratories
(415) 422-5517

Sean has an MFA in visual arts from Mills College, and a BA and BFA in art history and ceramics from Eastern Washington University. Sean recently managed the studios in the USF Department of Art + Architecture, where he taught Fabrication Lab and Ceramics. Previously, as the research and experience developer at the Oakland Museum of California, he curated exhibitions while developing visitor research to better understand how people engage with informal education. Sean continues to investigate...


MFA, Visual Arts, Mills College, 2004, BA, Art History, Eastern Washington University, 2003, BFA, Studio Art, 2002

William Riggs

Program Director / Associate Professor
(415) 422-2092

William (Billy) Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP is a global expert and thought leader in the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, housing, economics and urban development. He has over 100 publications in these areas and has had his work featured in multiple national media outlets — including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic.  He is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, director of strategy and research at Sustinere...


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2011, Master of Urban Planning, Economics and Spatial Analysis, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2003, Bachelor of Arts, History, Ball State University, 2001

David Ryan

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5524

David Ryan serves as the Academic Director and Faculty Chair for the Professional Communication and Certificate in Professional Communication programs. He teaches undergraduate courses in rhetoric, focusing on orality and literacy studies, and graduate courses in strategic and technical communication, specializing in strategic planning and usability/UX studies. His research interests relate the intellectual history of technical communication with classicism, human enhancement technologies, and...

Lauren (Lou) Sassoubre

Assistant Professor
(415) 640-1039

Lauren Sassoubre holds a PhD and MS in environmental engineering from Stanford University and an MS in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her research focuses on environmental waters along urbanized coastlines and how we can use molecular (DNA-based) techniques to better understand the sources and fate of coastal microbial pollution and improve monitoring and management of coastal resources such as fisheries. This research has implications for protecting human and...


PhD, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University , MS, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, MS, Marine Science, CSU Monterey Bay, BA, Sociology, Colby College

Gennifer (Genna) Smith

Assistant Professor

Gennifer (Genna) Smith received her BS in electrical engineering with a double major in biology from the University of New Mexico. While pursuing her BS, Gennifer conducted research at Sandia National Laboratories where she worked on a point-of-care device for tuberculosis detection. She then continued to research low-cost medical devices as part of her PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University. In particular, she developed a portable urinalysis device capable of analyzing the...


PhD, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, BS, Electrical Engineering, Biology, University of New Mexico

Julia Thompson

Assistant Professor, Faculty Director of the Innovation Hive and Engineering Partnerships

Dr. Julia Thompson has a passion for integrating the soul’s work into the engineering design process and technology. She is driven to help students, and people in general, look at technology as a pathway toward healing of earth and unjust social structure. Julia did her undergrad in chemical engineering at UC Berkeley and her PhD in engineering education at Purdue. Her research interests focus on how engineering design practices impact the relationships that engineering programs create with the...


PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University, BS, Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Contact Info

BS in Engineering

Hana Böttger, Department Chair

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117