Computational Science Faculty
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 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.
Akira Iwasa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
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.
Bud Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Chair, Dept. of Mathematics and Computational Science
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
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.