Dartmouth Welcomes Five New Faculty Members


This academic year, the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering welcomed these five new professors.

Jifeng Liu Assistant Professor of Engineering


Jifeng Liu, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Expertise: Nanophotonic materials; devices for sustainable energy applications; improving energy efficiency of existing systems, especially lighting technology and data transmission in information technology; harvesting renewable energy more efficiently at a lower cost, such as light trapping in thin-film solar cells.

CV: Liu holds a PhD in materials science and engineering from MIT. His work has been published in IEE Photonics Technology Letters, Nature Photonics, and Optics Letters. Liu has seven U.S. patents related to his work with integrated nanophotonic devices; his research on the first germanium laser has been featured in The New York Times.

Why Dartmouth? “Students at Dartmouth are among the best in the U.S.,” says Liu. “Thayer School of Engineering provides a highly dynamic and collaborative environment across the borders of traditional departments, a great opportunity for interdisciplinary innovations.”

Ellie J. KyungAssistant Professor of Business Administration


Ellie J. Kyung, Assistant Professor, Tuck School of Business (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Expertise: Marketing; consumer behavior, judgment, and decision making.

CV: Kyung received her BA from Yale University in economics and international studies and her PhD in marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Her work has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Interactive Marketing. Previously, she worked as a consultant with Monitor Group specializing in the development of marketing and multi-channel strategy. Her current research centers on how memory and the perception of time affect consumer decisions and consumer privacy.

Why Dartmouth? “Dartmouth and Tuck offer a unique combination of a closely-knit, small community with a vibrant, intellectually stimulating environment,” says Kyung. “I am excited to work with the faculty and students here.”

Manuel Adelino Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Manuel Adelino, Assistant Professor, Tuck School of Business (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Expertise: Empirical corporate finance; real estate and household finance; debt markets.

CV: Adelino holds a PhD from MIT, where he held both a Sloan Doctoral Fellowship and the Gulbenkian Doctoral Fellowship. He has previously served as a research associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he is now a visiting scholar. Adelino’s work on the U.S. government’s 2009 anti-foreclosure policy has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and other outlets in the financial and popular media. His current research focuses on mortgage-backed securities and the renegotiation of home mortgages.

Why Dartmouth? “I am very happy to join the faculty of one of the top business schools in the country and an outstanding finance group,” says Adelino. “And Hanover is a great town to raise a family,” he says.

Douglas W. Van Citters ’99, Thayer ’03, ’06Assistant Professor of Engineering


Doug Van Citters, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Expertise: Mechanical engineering and materials science; the engineering design process.

CV: Van Citters holds the AB, MS, and PhD in Engineering Sciences, all from Dartmouth. He is currently exploring ways to improve the materials used in artificial knees, hopefully at a reduced cost to the joint recipient. That project grows from his ongoing research on polymers, specifically their wear resistance, toughness, and oxidation resistance. Van Citters’ work has been published in the Journal of Arthroplasty, the Journal of Tribology, and other books and journals in the field.

Why Dartmouth? “One of the greatest joys of this position is the potential to develop new devices and materials with students from a variety of backgrounds and levels of expertise,” says Van Citters. “This can be done both in the classroom and in the laboratory at Dartmouth.”

Margaret AckermanAssistant Professor of Engineering


Margaret Ackerman, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Expertise: Protein engineering for vaccine design; development of antibody therapeutics for treatment of infectious disease; engineering the immune response to vaccination.

CV: Ackerman holds a PhD in biology from MIT. Prior to joining Thayer School, she was a Center for Aids Research fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard University, where she studied the basic immunology of the antibody response to HIV infection. Her work has been published in Protein Engineering, Design and Selection, Biotechnology Progress, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, and Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy.

Why Dartmouth? “Dartmouth has a diverse but complementary engineering department with strong connections to the medical school and hospital,” Ackerman says. “On a personal note,” she adds, “I’m a New Hampshire native, and am thrilled to be back.”

For more faculty hires, see “In the Spotlight: Dartmouth Welcomes New Professors,” Part 1 and Part 2.

Lauren Dowling