(August 19, 2015)  The ISE Department welcomes two new faculty, Dr. Blake N. Johnson in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Dr. Alejandro Salado in Management Systems Engineering.

Dr. Blake Johnson
Dr. Blake Johnson

Dr. Blake N. Johnson joined the ISE faculty as an Assistant Professor this summer. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his PhD at Drexel University in 2013. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at Princeton University prior to coming to VT. He is teaching ISE 2204: Manufacturing Processes this fall semester.

Dr. Johnson is a highly accomplished scholar with a number of published journal articles and patents completed. Specifically, he focuses on the development of robotics-based advanced biomanufacturing systems using combinations of additive manufacturing and laser technology for fundamental research in biomaterials processing. His work has applications in biotechnology manufacturing with specific interests in customized 3D tissue engineering, biomedical devices, and human-machine interfaces. His cutting edge research should enable us to be one of the first ISE departments in the world working in his research area.

Dr. Alejandro Salado
Dr. Alejandro Salado

Dr. Alejandro Salado joined the ISE faculty as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015 to bolster our research in the field of Systems Engineering. He has an extensive educational background, starting with BSc/MSc degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He earned two more MSc degrees from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and an MEng degree at the esteemed Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands. He then earned a PhD in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He was a faculty member of the Vestfold Buskerud University in Norway before joining VT.

In terms of research, Dr. Salado is interested in the further development of the scientific foundations of Systems Engineering and the translation of these foundations into practice. Experience gained during his 10+ years of working in industry should help him to achieve his research goals. His extensive work background has helped him to develop expertise in requirements engineering, system architecture and design, qualification, verification and validation, and other forms of specialty engineering.