Staff

Director:
Prof. Edl Schamiloglu is the Interim Director for COSMIAC and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Schamiloglu received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Cornell University in 1988. He has served as a faculty member at the University of New Mexico since 1988. Dr. Schamiloglu is a Fellow of the IEEE and a SUMMA Foundation Fellow. His research interests are in the areas of modeling of electromagnetic systems, directed energy microwaves, and the effects of high power microwaves on systems. He is responsible for leading the COSMIAC collaboration between Government, Industry, and Academia to ensure design success and deployment of programmable logic in space, military and civil applications as well as to develop the long-term plans for COSMIAC.
jim-aarestad Deputy Director:
Dr. Jim Aarestad received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2009 and 2011 respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering, also from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Aarestad’s graduate research centered on research and development of VLSI primitives for hardware security, including physical unclonable functions (PUFs) and hardware Trojan detection methodologies. His research interests include the application of highly-robust embedded system design methods for aerospace and terrestrial applications. He has numerous conference and journal publications, and has presented his research at several national conferences. Dr. Aarestad is currently developing the embedded software for a space-based radiation dosimeter module, and is developing educational materials and training programs to advance the teaching of FPGA-based embedded system concepts. He is also actively engaged in a research project to better understand and mitigate the susceptibility of cryptographic computing resources to power analysis attacks.
Director, Business Development:
Mr. Craig J. Kief serves as Senior Engineer and Director of Business Development at COSMIAC. Mr. Kief serves as Research Faculty at the University of New Mexico. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing curriculum and training development, teaching short courses, and coordinating the scheduling and registration of COSMIAC and NSF courses. Mr. Kief has over 32 years experience in computer and satellite communications, including voice and data networks, testing, troubleshooting, debugging, system administration, embedded software, software/hardware integration, and network monitoring. Mr. Kief has an extensive background in programmable logic involving FPGA and microcontroller technologies. He is currently developing a 6U CubeSat to perform space weather analysis. Mr. Kief retired from the Air Force in 1998 following 20 years of military service. Mr. Kief has a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He has published and taught in the areas of digital and programmable logic, satellite design and in verification and validation of systems. He is also an IEEE senior member.
Senior Research Scientist:
Prof. Christos Christodoulou is a co-founder of COSMIAC and the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. His research interests are in the areas of modeling of electromagnetic systems, FPGA reconfigurable systems, and smart RF/photonics. He was responsible for leading the COSMIAC collaboration between Government, Industry, and Academia to ensure design success and deployment of programmable logic in space, military and civil applications as well as developing the long-term plans for the Center. Dr. Christodoulou received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1985. He served as a faculty member in the University of Central Florida, Orlando, from 1985 to 1998. In 1999, he joined the faculty of UNM’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, where he served as the Chair of the Department through 2005. Dr. Christodoulou is an IEEE Fellow and a member of Commission B of USNC/URSI, and Eta Kappa Nu.
Research Scholar:
Mr. David Alexander received BSEE and MSEE degrees from the United States Air Force Academy in 1968 and from the University of New Mexico in 1973. He has been an active member of the radiation effects community for 42 years. He has held positions at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, BDM Corporation, Sandia National Laboratories, Mission Research Corporation, the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He is currently a consultant for COSMIAC and the University of New Mexico. He has been an active participant in the technical community authoring numerous papers in the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science and the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology Conference.
Research Engineer:
Mr. Brian Zufelt is an Electrical Engineer and graduated from the University of New Mexico. He has written many tutorials on Microcontroller and FPGA design. He has also assisted many community colleges in the creation of FPGA based curriculum. Zufelt has taught microcontroller technology to academia, NASA, and AFRL. Zufelt is the lead software engineer for the ORS Squared satellite effort. He is also the lead engineer for UNM’s second 6U spacecraft called SORTIE.
rosemary-pagliaro Research Engineer:
Native to New Mexico, Mrs. Rosemary Pagliaro received a Bachelor of Science in Survey Engineering from New Mexico State University (2009). She also attended the University of New Mexico and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Engineering with emphasis in Software and Systems Engineering (2012). Mrs. Pagliaro has over five years experience in Hydrographic Survey Engineering working with clients such as BP and Exxon Mobile. She also has over four years experience in software, hardware and integrated systems engineering working with various organizations and companies. Mrs. Pagliaro assisted in the development of a Cubesat whose purpose is to measure the discharge of lightning in order to gauge the true charge of the Ionosphere to assist in correcting satellite communication errors with ground systems. She has been published three times and has presented at various conferences for the LEISA Cubesat. Through her experience she has developed various of processes and procedures in which she has trained and taught fellow engineers for both Survey and Computer Engineering.
Scientist:
Dr. Alonzo Vera received M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2004 and 2008 respectively. Since then, he has specialized in embedded system design for aerospace applications and dynamic partial reconfiguration applications using FPGAs. He has worked on radiation effects mitigation techniques for FPGA-based systems and custom ASICs as well as radiation effects testing at different facilities around the country. Dr. Vera has numerous publications in conferences and journals. Dr. Vera has also been an invited lecturer on digital design and digital signal processing using FPGAs in numerous countries across Latin America. His current areas of interest are reconfigurable computing, digital signal processing and cognitive radio.
 Research Engineer:

Mr. Matthew Hannon received a M.S. from Wichita State University and a B.S. from the University of Kansas both in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Hannon is very interested in emerging communications technologies with an emphasis on security and availability. Mr. Hannon has served as an advanced development researcher for a large scale-out server and storage infrastructure company for 5 years. Mr. Hannon has a great deal of experience in state of the art networking protocols and equipment, non-volatile memory, erasure encoding, and distributed computing.

cosmiac-paul-martin Research Engineer:
Jonathan Carter Hebert is a knowledge expert in the areas of engineering design, energy systems, regulatory policy, computational physics, contract valuations, nanoscience, and education. He is completing his Ph.D. in Nanoscience at the University of New Mexico with research emphasis in chemical physics. Holding engineering degrees from Colorado School of Mines and New Mexico Tech, Jonathan is a registered professional engineer. A National Science Foundation Principal Investigator and educator, he also has lead multiple funded STEM education projects throughout the State of New Mexico. His experience includes 5 universities, 2 national research institutions, 2 consulting firms, the Bureau of Reclamation, and patent winning engineering work. Jonathan is supporting COSMIAC’s effort to strengthen ties between educational institutions, research laboratories, and industry.
daryl-lee-cosmiac Senior Scientist:
Dr. Daryl O. Lee has over 40 years of engineering, management, and instructional experience. His primary interest is in software engineering of secure real-time systems. Before joining UNM as a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Lee was Principal Software Engineer for Novint Technologies. In that position he was responsible for the runtime support software for a breakthrough line of low-cost haptic controllers. Previous activities involved public safety software using agile development methods for rapid delivery. Dr. Lee is a Life member of IEEE. Dr. Lee’s teaching experience includes four years as lecturer at UNM as well as a year as guest lecturer at Hefei Institute of Technology in Hefei, China, and a variety of industrial in-house training programs. Dr. Lee has a PhD, MS EE, Southern Methodist University; BS EE, Lamar University, and a MA International Management Studies, University of Texas at Dallas.
Shemelya Headshot Research Assistant Professor:
Dr. Corey Shemelya is serving as a Research Assistant Professor at COSMIAC at the University of New Mexico while concurrently acting as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso, and an International Postdoctoral Fellow at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany. Previously, Dr. Shemelya has served as both a Research Assistant Professor and Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso, and the W. M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation. His research interests include: 3D printing, GHz and THz technologies, metamaterials, infrared devices, nano-photonics, and sustainability. Dr. Shemelya earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering as a Greenough Endowed Fellow while working with Prof. Tom Vandervelde in the Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics Laboratories at Tufts University (Boston, MA). His work has resulted in 13 refereed publications, 18 conference publications, and over 70 conference presentations. This work has been recognized with several accolades, including a Dow Sustainability Award and Edmond Optics declared him an “Optics Super Hero” in 2012.
SergioSM photo Research Scientist:
Dr. Sergio Santa Maria is a Research Scientist in the Space Bioscience Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Dr. Santa Maria serves as research faculty for COSMIAC at the University of New Mexico. His research interests are in the areas of DNA damage repair, radiobiology, and space radiation. He is currently a Project Scientist for NASA’s BioSentinel mission, a 6U nanosatellite that will fly as a secondary payload on NASA’s Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), scheduled for launch in 2018. He is responsible for the development of the space radiation biosensors that will be used in BioSentinel and for testing and validation of the biosensors using different ionizing radiation sources, including particle accelerator experiments at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the proton accelerator facility at Loma Linda University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2008, and continued his postdoctoral studies at New York University School of Medicine as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow from 2009 to 2013. He started working at NASA Ames Research Center in 2014.
Hosamani Research Associate Professor:
Dr. Ravikumar Hosamani, Ph.D. is currently working at NASA Space Biosciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. Dr. Hosamani serves as a research associate professor for COSMIAC at the University of New-Mexico. His research interests are space and gravitational biology employing fruit fly as a model organism. He was a key member of science team from NASA Ames, which flew spaceflight missions, SpaceX-4 (Ames Student Fruit Fly experiment) and SpaceX-5 (Fruit Fly Lab-01) to the International Space Station (ISS). And he continues to support ongoing spaceflight experiments from the lab. He is mainly interested in understanding the effect of spaceflight on oxidative stress, behavior and immune function using invertebrate model, the fruit fly. As a NASA postdoctoral program fellow, he worked on a peer-reviewed independent grant that addresses the hypergravity-associated changes in the fly neuronal system. He earned his Ph.D. in Neurotoxicology from the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI), Mysore, India in 2010.
youssef-tawk-staff Research Assistant Professor:
Youssef Tawk received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2011 and his M.E. degree from the American University in Beirut in 2007. He got his B.E. degree with highest distinction from Notre Dame University Louaize in Fall 2006 where he served as the valedictorian of his graduating class. Throughout his education and career, Dr. Tawk has received many awards and honors. He has several publications many of which received finalist positions and honorable mentions in several paper contests. He is the co-author of two issued patents and one pending patent. He is also the co-author of two books and one book chapter. His research interests are focused on software defined radio tools for communication systems, cognitive radio RF front-end, RF electronic design, microwave engineering, millimeter-wave systems and RF photonics.