Introducing new faculty members

The following are among the new faculty members at the University. Others will be introduced periodically in this space.

Nicholas S. Argyres, Ph.D., joins the Olin Business School as professor of strategy. Since earning a doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993, he has held faculty positions at Boston University and the University of Southern California. Argyres studies economic theories of the firm, organizational economics, organizational learning, business policy and strategy and technology management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Argyres is senior editor of Organization Science and serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization and the Journal of International Business Studies.

Viktor Gruev, Ph.D., joins the Department of Computer Science & Engineering as assistant professor. He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 2004. From 2004-08, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his research interests are mixed signal VLSI (very large scale integration), polarization sensitive imagers, biologically inspired sensors, low-power integrated vision sensors, integration of CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensors with nano wires, fabrication of micropoarizer arrays, on-chip motion estimation, adaptive optics and autonomous aerial navigation.

Jen Maigret joins the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts as assistant professor of architecture. Maigret came to WUSTL in 2006 as a Cynthia Weese Teaching Fellow, leading courses on digital design and fabrication. She previously served as a lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture Urban Planning, where she earned a master of architecture degree in 2004. In 2005, she launched Jen Maigret Design, which has completed residential, educational and institutional projects in Michigan and Missouri. Last summer, the Sheldon Art Galleries displayed her “Seven Veils for St. Louis: Novel Fabrications in Brick,” which employed advanced digital computing tools to explore new architectural possibilities for locally salvaged brick. Maigret earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hartwick College and a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Michigan.

Yinjie Tang, Ph.D., joins the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering as assistant professor. Tang earned a doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests include the rigorous investigation of metabolic pathways using advanced isotopic labeling methods; metabolic engineering and its applications to synthetic biology; and the bioremediation of hydrocarbons and toxic metals.