Computational Science Faculty
Bud Sanders, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computational Science
Phone: (843) 208-8106
Manuel J. (Bud) Sanders received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee in 1999 under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Daverman for his work on contractible manifold theory, a part of geometric topology, after earning bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2005, Dr. Sanders accepted a position at USCB after holding appointments at several public and private colleges around the country. His current research interests continue to include geometric topology as well as analysis and dynamical systems. He has strong interests in mathematics education and pedagogy as well. Dr. Sanders enjoys the dynamic environment that is USCB and believes that opportunities for students to work directly with the highly-talented faculty at USCB and experience the impacts of real-world science set USCB’s Computational Science program apart from other undergraduate degrees. “Students here don’t just learn about Computational Science, they do Computational Science. It is a powerful program.”
Yiming Ji, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science and Computational Science
Director, Computational Science Program
Yiming Ji received his Ph.D in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University in 2006. He received his first MS degree in Aerodynamics in the mid 1990's and worked as an engineer in the Aerospace industry until 2000. He then returned back to graduate school and received his second MS degree in Computer Science in 2002. Ji's research is mainly in wireless communications and computer networks, and his current research projects are funded by a Networking Technology and Systems grant and an EPSCoR grant from the National Science Foundation. His research also includes modeling and simulation, digital image processing, and scientific computation. Ji was named a "Rising Star" by the USC System Office of Research and Graduate Education in July, 2010.
Brian Canada, Ph.D.
Brian Canada officially joined USCB in January 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Computational Science with an emphasis in Biology. He earned his BS degree (with Highest Distinction) in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. After working as an engineer in industry, he returned to Penn State for graduate school in 2004, where he was named an Academic Computing Fellow from 2006-2009. In 2010, he received his PhD in Integrative Biosciences with an option in Bioinformatics and Genomics as well as a graduate minor in Computational Science. His dissertation research focused on machine learning and content-based image retrieval in the context of zebrafish phenomics. Dr. Canada is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and he presently serves on the scientific working groups for the NIH/NCRR-sponsored program LAMHDI (Linking Animal Models to Human DIsease) as well as the EPSCoR/IDeA-sponsored South Carolina Project for Organ Biofabrication. His publications have appeared in the proceedings of international conferences of both IEEE and ACM as well as in the Springer journal Multimedia Tools and Applications, for which he also serves as a reviewer.
Xuwei Liang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computational Science
Phone: (843) 208-8227
Dr. Liang joined USCB as an Assistant Professor after he received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Kentucky in 2011. He was a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Eastern Kentucky University between December 2010 and May 2011. His research interests include Computational Medical Imaging especially Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Computer Graphics and Visualization, Pattern Recognition and Classification, and High Performance Computing.
Piyaphol Phoungphol, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computational Science
Phone: (843) 208-8155
Dr. Phoungphol received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Georgia State University, and also holds a Master's degree in Industrial & System Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining USCB in August 2014, he worked for several years as a software developer and data scientist in IT industry. His research interests focus primarily on data mining, Big data analytics, and machine learning.
Akira Iwasa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Phone: (843) 208-8343
Akira Iwasa received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and has been at USCB since 2003. He teaches courses such as College Algebra, Calculus and Differential Equations. His research interest is Set-theoretic Topology, which is a branch of mathematics that studies topological spaces by using the techniques of set theory.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Phone: (843) 208-8330
Kasia A. Pawelek received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Oakland University. She joined USCB as an Assistant Professor in August 2012. Her research area is mathematical biology, particularly modeling viral and parasitic infections. She performs mathematical analysis of ordinary and delay differential equations with single, multiple, discrete or continuous delays to study the dynamics of models for viral and parasitic infections with treatment regimes. She also compares her modeling predictions with clinical data to provide a better understanding of complex processes of an infection. Dr. Pawelek presents at universities and countrywide and international conferences, and supervises research with undergraduate students working on multiple grants supported projects. Students in her Mathematical Modeling Group received multiple awards including Magellan Scholarships, won first prizes for the best poster presentations, participated in research programs, and internships. Dr. Pawelek established collaboration with national and international institutions including universities, public safety department, and national laboratory. Her professional objective is to continue creating and applying mathematical methods to problems arising in virology, immunology, and epidemiology employing collaborative and interdisciplinary research. She aspires that her research results could be utilized to benefit residents of Beaufort County and improve public health.
Swati Debroy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Phone: (843) 208-8307
Swati DebRoy received her Ph.D. from University of Florida in Mathematics, specializing in Mathematical biology. She completed her BSc with Honors in Mathematics from the University of Calcutta, India, MSc in Pure Mathematics from University of Burdwan, India and MS in Mathematics from University of Florida. Before joining USCB as an Assistant Professor in 2013, she was a lecturer at University of Missouri-Kansas City and held a post-doctoral research position in the Section of Hepatology, College of Medicine of University of Illinois-Chicago.
Swati’s research lies in the interface of mathematics and biology. She uses ordinary and partial differential equations to model biological systems to provide insight in to underlying mechanisms and long-term effect of controls like treatment. Swati holds collaborations with doctors who perform clinical trials, microbiologists and immunologist who perform in vitro experiments and biologists who engage in field experiments to understand and quantify the world around us. Swati enjoys research with undergraduate students.
Debra J. Wallace, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physics
Debra J. Wallace received a B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Georgia State University. She was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center, and a visiting professor at the College of Charleston. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Managing Director of DGW Farms, and on the Board of Directors of Southeastern Transfer & Storage Co., Inc. Her research interests include massive stars, massive stellar evolution, Wolf-Rayet stars, and organic farming methods.
Eric Montie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Phone: (843) 208-8107
Dr. Montie received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island in 1993. In 1999, he received a M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University; his thesis research focused on the effects of dieldrin on the biochemistry and control of cold adaptation in the deer mouse. Between 1999 and 2000, he worked at the National Ocean Service in Charleston, South Carolina as a marine mammal field biologist. In 2006, he completed his PhD in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography under the supervision of Dr. Mark Hahn. He joined USCB as an Assistant Professor in January 2011. His current research uses MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to understand the effects of thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals on white matter development. This project is funded by SC INBRE and NOAA OHHI grants. He also has a project to investigate how chemical pollutants may affect the development of hearing in wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. This project is supported by SC INBRE and Georgia Aquarium. Dr. Montie is in the process of initiating a passive acoustics program that focuses on acoustic communication of fish and bottlenose dolphins that inhabit the Calibogue and Port Royal Sound Estuaries in Beaufort County, South Carolina.