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Three new faculty members join MSU College of Engineering

January 29, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Three new faculty members recently joined Montana State University's College of Engineering.

Paul Gannon has joined Montana State University's chemical and biological engineering faculty as an assistant professor. Gannon previously worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and at Arcomac Surface Engineering. Gannon's teaching and research interests include materials science and advanced energy technologies, such as solid oxide fuel cells. He has held a research position at MSU for several years and manages MSU's high-temperature corrosion lab. Gannon earned a doctorate in engineering from MSU in 2007.

Lt. Col. Alison D. Hamilton is the new commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Montana State University. Hamilton is a meteorologist and atmospheric scientist. Before arriving at MSU, she held meteorological positions with the Air Force in Virginia; Germany; Nebraska; North Carolina and at the Pentagon. Hamilton led the space environment division at the Aerospace Data Facility at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., where she was the first weather officer to be named a mission director. Hamilton earned a master's degree in atmospheric science at Colorado State University in 1996.

Jeffrey Heys has joined Montana State University's chemical and biological engineering faculty as an assistant professor. Heys' research focuses on using advanced math to analyze and describe biological systems. He has studied particles inhaled and deposited in human airways, as well as eyes, blood vessels, drug delivery and hair-like sensory systems on insects and other animals. Before coming to MSU, Heys taught at Arizona State University for four years. While in Arizona, he was recognized for excellence in teaching at the A. Fulton School of Engineering. Heys earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001.

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