New Faculty Profiles 2008-2009

New Faculty 2008-2009

Anupama Arora, Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Anupama Arora is Assistant Professor of English. Prior to joining UMD in the fall of 2008, she was Assistant Professor of English at Earlham College, Indiana (2004-2008). She received her Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2004, and her Masters and Bachelors degrees in English literature are from prestigious Indian universities.

Dr. Arora's area of specialization is postcolonial literatures from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia, and South Asian American diasporic cultural productions. Her teaching and research interests also include gender studies, Asian American and Asian British literature, and literary theory and criticism. She has written and presented work that explores the transnational connections between South Asia, Britain, and the United States. She is currently collaborating on a book project on the documentary history of South Asians in North America. 


Sadhana Bery, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Sadhana Bery is assistant professor of sociology. She received her doctorate from Brandeis University. She has been teaching for several years, most recently at Brandeis University and Harvard University. Her research interests are centered in the field of critical race studies, with a focus on whiteness. Her dissertation was titled, “Evidentiary Whiteness: The Re/production and Re/formation of White Praxis” and is a study of elite, upper-class whiteness. Her current research projects are: the white experience of gentrifying a stable working class African American neighborhood in Boston; the whiteness of South Asians in the US; and a series on the learning of racialized identities.

In the past she has researched the Nation of Islam and the Black nationalist church, The Shrine of the Black Madonna. Another focus area of writing and teaching is inter-disciplinary social theory; with particular emphases on space and place; theory of racialization; class theory; and the coinstantaneous formation of race, class, and gender.  The third area of research and teaching is in Postcolonial Africa, with a focus on memory, museumology, and race. She has also taught extensively in political sociology (state, democracy, resistance movements); cultural studies; intersections and divergences between Black and European social and political theory; qualitative methodology; and diasporic whiteness studies. She has supervised numerous senior theses at Harvard University, taught seminar classes on thesis writing, and workshops on issues in methodology.


Igal BilikIgal Bilik, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Igal Bilik received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel in 1993, 2003 and 2006, respectively. His doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Tabrikian in the Department of ECE at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, was sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and it addresses two fundamental problems in radar signal processing: target tracking and automatic target recognition (ATR). In his dissertation, he derived ATR algorithms which were implemented in ground surveillance radars in the Israeli Defense Forces.

During 1998-2001, he worked in Itran Communication, Israel, where he was engaged in the development of high-speed broadband modem for power-lines. During his graduate study, he served as a consultant to EPOS Israel, where he was engaged in development of digital pen, and was responsible for derivation of multipath mitigation algorithm for acoustic positioning system. During his military service in Israeli Defense Forces, he served as a Chief Academic Office in the Communication Division, where he was responsible for development of radar systems managing a team of engineers and technicians. During this period, he was engaged in development of a variety of radar systems in ELTA and RAFAEL companies and derived signal processing algorithms for radars.

During 2006-2008 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University where he has been primarily involved in two projects: 1) passive acoustic surveillance with unmanned underwater vehicles, and 2) radar array processing for Doppler-spread clutter mitigation. His research interests include statistical signal and sensor array processing with application to sonar and radar systems, detection and estimation theory, automatic target classification, and target tracking. He received the Best Student Paper Awards at IEEE RADAR 2005 and IEEE RADAR 2006 Conferences, and Student Paper Award in IEEE Convention in Israel, 2006.


Anthony FisherAnthony Fisher, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts

Anthony Fisher, Assistant Professor in Fine Arts, received his MFA from Yale University in 1986 and his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1982. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, he taught all levels of painting and drawing as a Visiting Lecturer here at UMass Dartmouth and at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1999 until the present.

Fisher's main focus is painting, his current work explores various themes of the self through metaphors in the still-life. You can learn more about his work by visiting his website at

Mr. Fisher currently exhibits at Galerie Mourlot, New York City, NY. His most recent solo show took place in New York in November 2007; he received a review of his work in Art News in January, 2008. His work is included in numerous private and public collections. He lives with his wife and two sons in Newton, MA.


Robert FisherRobert Fisher, Assistant Professor, Physics

Dr. Robert Fisher earned his B.S. in physics with honors from Caltech in 1994, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. From 2002 - 2005, he was a postdoctoral research scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Subsequently, from 2005 - 2008, he was research scientist and astrophysics group leader at the Department of Energy Advanced Simulation and Computing Flash Center in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago (2005-2008). While at Chicago, he was also an adjunct faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught a popular course on introductory astronomy for undergraduate art majors.

The primary theme of Dr. Fisher's research is the fundamental physics of turbulent flows, and its application to the two endpoints of stellar evolution -- star formation and supernovae -- using a combination of theoretical and computational techniques. While at LLNL, he developed the first quantitative theory of the distribution of stellar binary periods. At Chicago, Dr. Fisher led an international team of computational scientists and physicists in the development and analysis of the largest three-dimensional computer simulation of weakly-compressible fully-developed turbulence ever completed, resulting in the publication of two papers in the physics journal Physical Review Letters in 2008. Also at Chicago, Dr. Fisher was part of the team to carry out the first self-consistent computational simulation of the three-dimension detonation of a thermonuclear Type Ia supernova.

Dr. Fisher is having a fantastic time teaching a peer instruction-based version of Physics 113, classical mechanics, to undergraduate science and engineering students during the fall of 2008. In the spring of 2009, he will be teaching a new graduate-level course in computational astrophysics in the physics department.


Ling Ge, Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems

Ling Ge is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the Charlton College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Her research interests are in information strategies and management, e-commerce and e-business and economics of information systems. She has published in Information Systems Research.


Alfa R.H. Heryudono, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department

Alfa Heryudono is an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Toby Driscoll.  His dissertation entitled adaptive radial basis function methods for the numerical solution of PDEs, with application to the simulation of the human tear film.

His research interests are mainly in the area of scientific computing, numerical analysis, and computational fluid dynamics. Specifically, he is currently working on radial basis function and pseudospectral methods to solve PDEs numerically. He is part of the scientific computing group of UMass Dartmouth Math Department to support the scientific computing program for undergraduate research. This semester, he is teaching calculus I and elementary math I.


Yuzhu (Julia) LiYuzhu (Julia) Li,  Assistant Professor, Decision and Information Sciences

Dr. Yuzhu (Julia) Li joined the faculty of Department of Decision and Information Sciences in fall 2008. She came to Dartmouth from University of Central Florida, in Orlando, where she received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) in August 2008. She received a Master of Technology Management degree from Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Her research areas include project management, particularly project team work processes, technology-mediated learning and the use of IT in organizations. Her work has been published in journals such as Information and Management, Informing Science Journal and the International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organization and conference proceedings such as the American Conferences of Information Systems (AMCIS), the International Research Workshop on IT Project Management, the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, and the International Conference on Electronic Commerce.


Elizabeth E. Lloyd-RichardsonElizabeth E. Lloyd-Richardson, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Elizabeth E. Lloyd-Richardson, Ph.D., comes to the Department of Psychology from a faculty position at Brown Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Lloyd-Richardson's research relates to the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and its impact on health behavior change. Over the past several years, she has studied changes in weight, smoking, alcohol, exercise, and non-suicidal self-injury during this developmental transition. Dr. Lloyd-Richardson has published 32 peer-reviewed manuscripts and three book chapters. She has presented her research findings at a variety of national meetings on the topics of adolescent and young adult weight management strategies, smoking patterns, and engagement in non-suicidal self-injury. She has received grant funding for her research pursuits from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Most recently, she was awarded a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study college freshmen weight gain patterns and to pilot a weight gain prevention program for this population.

Dr. Lloyd-Richardson completed her Clinical Psychology internship and two years of postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at Brown University.  She received her MA and PhD from Louisiana State University in Clinical Psychology, where her training was focused in pediatric psychology and health behavior change. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

At UMass Dartmouth, she maintains an active research agenda, including her own investigations developing effective strategies to help with preventing freshman year weight gain and better identifying and understanding the reasons for adolescent engagement in non-suicidal self-injury. She also maintains NIH-funded research collaborations with colleagues at Brown Medical School, piloting novel weight management treatments for overweight teens and aiding HIV+ smokers to quit smoking. During her first year at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Lloyd-Richardson is teaching a course in Research Methods and a graduate seminar in Young Adult Health Behaviors. She welcomes discussion with students interested in developing and collaborating on research experiences.


Robin Locke, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Robin Locke is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department. Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Locke completed three years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. Her general research interests encompass aspects of child emotional development, psychobiology, and behavior problems. Her research includes both intrinsic (e.g., biological) and extrinsic (e.g., social) factors and has important clinical implications. She is particularly interested in understanding how differences in biological and emotional processing associated with the regulation of emotional behavior may mediate development of adaptive behavior. She is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Institutes of Health funding a study on child emotional development, emotion knowledge, psychobiology, and behavior problems. She continues to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brown University. She is currently teaching sections of Physiological Psychology and will also teach Child Psychology in the spring semester.


Neal OlitskyNeal Olitsky, Assistant Professor, Economics

Neal Olitsky earned his undergraduate degree in economics and applied mathematics from Oberlin college in 2002. He received his Masters degree (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) in economics from the University of Iowa.

This fall he is teaching intermediate microeconomics and principles of macroeconomics.

His research interests encompass many areas of labor economics.  Specifically, he studies match quality between individuals and their jobs, and how increasing match quality leads to economic rewards, both at the individual level and at the national level.


Satya ParayitamSatya Parayitam, Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing

Dr. Satya Parayitam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing. He has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He taught at OSU (Tulsa) and McNeese State University prior to joining UMass Dartmouth.

His primary research interests are strategic decision making, CEO compensation and secondary interests on management history and micro-economic theoretic models.

Dr. Parayitam is also interested in spirituality, religion and management (studying the relationship between the spirituality and transformational leadership in management). He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.


Nima RahbarNima Rahbar, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Nima Rahbar received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1998. He earned his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 2003 from Northeastern University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in April 2008.

His doctoral dissertation focuses on two main subjects: bioinspired design and interfacial fracture of biomedical systems. He used bioinspired functionally graded structures to design novel dental multilayers that are more resistant to subsurface crack nucleation. Further, he studied the interfacial fracture and adhesion in multilayered biomedical systems and MEMS. His research interests lie primarily in the realm of the applications of experimental and computational mechanics in materials science and design.

As a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, he worked on the thermal shock resistance of refractory ceramics, adhesion of marble/cement interface, and fracture of eco-friendly materials.


Sivappa Rasapalli, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Rasapalli received his doctorate from the University of Pune. Before coming to the UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Rasapalli did postdoctoral work at the University of North Texas, the University of Texas-Arlington, and HST (Harvard-MIT). His research interests are the synthesis of medicinally intriguing and synthetically interesting natural products; Heterocyclic Chemistry; Green Chemistry; development of novel methodologies; Catalysis (enzymatic, organo and organometallic); development of novel biomaterials for bioengineering and drug delivery; Chemical Education. Dr. Rasapalli has numerous published articles, including four co-authored articles in both 2007 and 2006.