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New faculty members for 2014-15: Part 5
October 3, 2014Tweet
Sandra M. Casanova-Vizcaíno, assistant professor, romance languages and literatures
Sandra M. Casanova-Vizcaíno, an assistant professor in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, specializes in Caribbean literature.
Casanova-Vizcaíno, from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, received her undergraduate degree in Hispanic studies and French from University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus. She received her graduate degree in comparative literature from University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and her doctorate in Hispanic studies from the
University of Pennsylvania.
She spent the past two years as a Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies visiting assistant professor at various higher education institutions in Argentina.
She was also a Spanish instructor at CEA Study Abroad in Buenos Aires.
At Binghamton University, Casanova-Vizcaíno will teach Introduction to Hispanic Literature; Conversation, Composition and Grammar; and Latin American Horror Stories.
Casanova-Vizcaíno enjoys watching crime fiction on TV, traveling and visiting local markets.
Alexandra Cuesta, assistant professor, cinema
Alexandra Cuesta, an assistant professor of cinema, has had her works featured at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Courtisane Film Festival in Belgium and at Los Angeles FilmForum.
Cuesta, from Quito, Ecuador, received her undergraduate degree in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and her graduate degree in film/video from California Institute of the Arts.
She specializes experimental 16mm film and urban ethnography in non-fiction.
At Binghamton University, Cuesta will teach Video and Filmmaking I; Filmmaking II;
Experiments in Non-Fiction; and Advanced Seminar: Urban Poems: The City Film.
She enjoys cooking, ashtanga yoga, hiking, eating, bicycles and traveling.
Brendan Hennessey, assistant professor, romance languages and literatures
Brendan Hennessey, an assistant professor in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, is an award-winning amateur bowler who specializes in Italian cinema and modern and contemporary Italian literature.
Hennessey, from Concord, N.H., received his undergraduate degrees in history and Italian. He received his master’s degree in Italian from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate in Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He previously served as a visiting assistant professor at Colby College and as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Notre Dame.
At Binghamton University, Hennessey will teach Comedy, Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedy; and Murder, Mayhem and The Mafia: Crime in Italian Cinema.
Sozanne Solmaz, assistant professor, chemistry
Sozanne Solmaz, an assistant professor of chemistry, will teach Structural Biology and Protein Chemistry at Binghamton University.
Solmaz received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, and her doctorate in biochemistry from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
She previously served as a postdoctoral associate and research associate with Nobel laureate Dr. Günter Blobel at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Rockefeller University in New York. She investigated the structure determination of nucleoporins, which are building blocks of the nuclear pore complex.
Xin (Frank) Yong, assistant professor, mechanical engineering
Xin (Frank) Yong, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will teach Analytical Methods at Binghamton University.
Yong, from Chongqing, China, received his undergraduate degrees in physics and economics from Peking University. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He previously served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
Yong’s research interests include designing smart interfaces by utilizing nano-engineered adaptive materials.
He enjoys soccer, tennis and classical guitar.
Ziang Zhang, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering
Ziang Zhang, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, specializes in power systems and renewable energy.
Zhang, from Xi’an, China, received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology and his doctorate in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.
He previously worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant at North Carolina State University. He also was a research intern at ABB Corporate Research Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Zhang enjoys swimming, playing soccer and boating.