New Faculty Member, 2023–24
Associate Professor, industrial engineering
“For one week every summer, the Wittman Regional Airport is transformed into one of the busiest airports in the world,” he says. “I enjoyed watching everything from ordinary to exotic aircraft cross the sky — all nearly in my own backyard.”
Grogan is preparing to continue his career in engineering in a new role as an associate professor of industrial engineering in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
He says he was drawn to ASU because of its collaborative research culture and significant expertise in areas such as computation, Earth and space exploration, and sustainability.
“I am excited about the opportunity to significantly grow a research group focusing on the design and management of decentralized and distributed systems, specifically with respect to space-based Earth observation to understand our changing planet,” he says.
Prior to joining the Fulton Schools, Grogan worked as an associate professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology.
He has received several accolades recognizing his research in engineering design. The most notable include the NASA New Investigator (Early Career) Program in Earth Science Award in 2021; a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, award in 2020; and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship in 2010.
In his new role at ASU, Grogan says he is excited to bridge multiple schools to tackle significant problems at the intersection of his interest areas.
He will teach IEE 545 Advanced Simulating Stochastic Systems and says his students should be prepared to use computation to help understand mathematical principles of stochastic systems.
Outside of the classroom, Grogan is a fan of independent video games, although he says he does not have as much time to play them as he would like.
Written by Annelise Krafft