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Two new faculty members join MSU College of Engineering

January 29, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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

John Sheppard has joined the Montana State University College of Engineering as the first RightNow Technologies Distinguished Professor in Computer Science. Sheppard also holds a faculty position in computer science at Johns Hopkins University. Before academia, he worked at ARINC Incorporated in Maryland for nearly 20 years. Sheppard's research and teaching focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He creates models that computers can use to simulate learning, work that can be applied to tasks like predictive health management and robotic control. Sheppard was recognized as one of only 268 fellows named by the IEEE professional association in 2007, and he has served many roles as an IEEE member, such as editor, reviewer and committee chairman. He earned his doctorate in computer science from Hopkins in 1997.

Laura Stanley has accepted a joint-appointment as an assistant professor in Montana State University's mechanical and industrial department and as a research scientist at the Western Transportation Institute. Before coming to MSU, Stanley worked as an engineer for IBM in North Carolina and taught at Virginia Tech and was a researcher at that university's transportation institute. Stanley's research focuses on the human factors in transportation safety. Stanley serves on several national committees related to transportation and ergonomics, and she is a registered ergonomist. Stanley earned her master's degree in industrial engineering and her doctorate from MSU.

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