News / iSchool welcomes new faculty


The School of Information Sciences is pleased to welcome two new faculty members: Cory P. Knobel and Konstantinos Pelechrinis. Both will hold the rank of Assistant Professor and will be teaching in the Fall 2010 Term.

Dr. Knobel, who earned his PhD at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will be teaching in the Library & Information Science program. His research interests include Cyberscholarship, the social and policy implications for science and technology in Cyberinfrastructure, and integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to approach systems design and evaluation.  A two-time recipient of the IBM PhD Fellowship, Dr. Knobel worked with the Services Practices Group of IBM Almaden Research Center on service systems design as well as on educational curriculum development for IBM's Service Science, Management, & Engineering (SSME) initiatives. He completed his PhD in August 2010, defending his thesis on “Ontic Occlusion and Exposure in Sociotechnical Systems.”

Dr. Pelechrinis, who earned his PhD at the University of California – Riverside, will be teaching computer networking and network security classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include protocol design, real-world experimentation, and performance analysis for security and trust issues in wireless networks. He completed his doctoral studies in June 2010: his thesis examined “Security and Performance Considerations in Wireless Networks." His most recent publication (February 2010) was “Downlink Capacity of Hybrid Cellular - Ad hoc Networks,” which appeared in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. While  undertaking his doctoral studies, he also served as a researcher at Los Alamos National Labs, Technicolor Research Lab in Paris (formerly Thompsons) and Microsoft Research at Cambridge UK. In addition, Pelechrinis was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Thessaly in Greece.