Two new faculty members join mechanical engineering in 2019-20
Two new faculty members have joined, or soon will join, the the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.
Daniel J. Preston, assistant professor of MECH, earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in MECH from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014 and 2017, respectively. For the following two years he trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. His Preston Innovation Laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of energy, materials and fluids. He joined the Rice faculty on July 1.
Peter Lillehoj, associate professor of mechanical engineering (MECH), earned his Ph.D. in MECH from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA until 2012 when he became an associate professor of MECH at Michigan State University. His research focuses on development of microsystems for current and emerging applications in disease diagnosis, health monitoring, biosecurity and food/water safety. He joins the Rice faculty on January 1, 2020.