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New faculty members for 2015-16: Part 1
August 28, 2015Tweet
Tommy Iafrate, director of musical theatre and assistant professor, theatre, Harpur College
Tommy Iafrate, director of musical theatre in the Theatre Department, will teach Musical Theatre Techniques and Intermediate Acting at Binghamton University.
Iafrate, from Cranston, R.I., received his bachelor’s degrees in musical theatre and physics from Rhode Island College. He received a master’s degree in theatre/directing from Western Illinois University.
He previously served as an assistant professor and resident musical director at Radford University in Virginia. Iafrate’s specialties include musical theatre, children’s theatre, directing and musical directing.
Iafrate was also a directing fellow at 2012 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and received the HOPE Teaching Award at Western Illinois University.
His interests include running, biking, hiking, travel, politics and ASL/deaf culture.
Julien Panetier, assistant professor, chemistry, Harpur College
Julien Panetier, an assistant professor of physical chemistry, spent the past three years as a postdoctoral scholar in computational electrochemistry at the University of California-Berkeley.
Panetier received his undergraduate degree in physical chemistry with materials from the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardennes in France, a master’s degree in chemistry with materials and a doctorate in computational chemistry from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (UK).
He has also served as a laboratory instructor in physical chemistry to undergraduates at Heriot-Watt University and as a mentor in computational electrochemistry to graduate students at the University of California-Berkeley.
Panetier’s research goal is to use computational methods to design novel molecular catalysts with optimized activity and high selectivity for the conversion of solar energy to fuels, and the activation of small molecules.
Sabina Perrino, assistant professor, anthropology, Harpur College
Sabina Perrino, an assistant professor of linguistic anthropology, received her undergraduate degree in French and English translation from the Universita de Trieste in Italy.
She received her doctorate in linguistic and sociocultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Perrino has served as a lecturer at the University of Michigan, the Catholic University of America, George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Perrino, who speaks Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Wolof, will teach Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology in the fall at Binghamton University.
Aravind Prakash, assistant professor, computer science, Watson School
Aravind Prakash, an assistant professor of computer science, specializes in system security.
Prakash, from Bengaluru, India, received his bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, in Belgaum, India. He received his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Miami (Florida) and his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Syracuse University.
At Binghamton University, he will teach Programming Languages in the fall and Software Security in the spring.
Prakash’s hobbies include chess and Carnatic music.
Ivan Sekyonda, lecturer, electrical and computer engineering, Watson School
Ivan Sekyonda, a lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, specializes in hardware security and computer architecture.
Sekyonda, from Kampala, Uganda, received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering and his graduate degree in electrical and computer engineering from Binghamton University.
At Binghamton University, Sekyonda will teach Digital Design Lab and Junior Design.
He enjoys running, swimming and reading.
Sevinç Türkkan, assistant professor, comparative literature, Harpur College
Sevinç Türkkan, an assistant professor of comparative literature and translation studies, specializes in multilingualism, Turkish-German and Turkish-American literary relations, transnational studies, and translation studies and Turkish literature.
Türkkan, from Istanbul, Turkey, received her undergraduate degree in western languages and literatures from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
She previously taught at SUNY Brockport as a visiting assistant professor.
Türkkan’s literary translations from Turkish and German appeared in Best European Fiction. Her book manuscript, Other Orhans: Pamuk and his Translators, is under review at a university press.
Türkkan, who enjoys traveling, will teach Literature and Society and Seminar in Literary Translation at Binghamton University