New Faculty 2017—18

Asli Sezen Barrie

Asli Sezen BarrieAssistant Professor of Science Education

School of Learning and Teaching

Alicyn Smart

Alicyn SmartAssistant Extension Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

D.P.M., University of Florida

Specialty: plant pathology

Why UMaine? Why not?

Jerrod Smith

Jerrod SmithAssistant Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Ph.D. in mathematics, University of Toronto

Specialty: harmonic analysis on p-adic symmetric spaces and fits under the umbrella of the Langlands Programme; I’m interested in questions at the interface of representation theory (a branch of algebra) and number theory.

Why UMaine? UMaine has provided me with the opportunity to pursue, and further, my research and teaching all in a beautiful natural setting.

Peter Stechlinski

Peter StechlinskiAssistant Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Ph.D. in applied mathematics, University of Waterloo

Specialty: dynamic modeling and simulation; control and optimization; mathematical biology

Why UMaine? Its combination of world-class teaching and research, friendly atmosphere and beautiful surrounding area.

Joshua Stoll

Joshua StollAssistant Research Professor of Marine Policy

School of Marine Sciences

Ph.D. in ecology and environmental sciences, University of Maine

Specialty: marine policy

Why UMaine? Where better to study fisheries management and policy than in a place like Maine, which has one of the most iconic fisheries in the world?

George Violette

George VioletteAssociate Professor of Accounting

Maine Business School

Ph.D. in accounting, Arizona State University; CPA (Maine)

Specialty: taxation

Why UMaine? I’m excited for the opportunity to give back to my home state and the university I love. There is no other place I’d rather be.

Francis Vogt

Director of Choral Program/Conductor, Voice Instructor

School of Performing Arts


Lisa Weeks

Lisa WeeksLecturer in Bioengineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of Maine (December)

Specialty: fluid mechanics transport

Why UMaine? Commitment to fostering students and producing great engineers.

Zheng Wei

Zheng WeiAssistant Professor of Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics statistics, New Mexico State University

Specialty: multivariate analysis, copula theory, Bayesian statistical methods for data science, big data and analytics

Why UMaine? Research, teaching and lobstah!

Yingchao Yang

Yingchao YangAssistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, University of South Carolina

Specialty: nanomaterials and nanomechanics

Why UMaine? It is a wonderful place to carry out forefront research.

Nadir Yildirim

Assistant Research Professor

School of Forest Resources 

Yongjiang Zhang

Assistant Professor of Applied Plant Physiology

School of Biology and Ecology