CReSIS Welcomes New Staff


By Bill Daehler & Tyler Wieland
Summer 2013


Dr. Haiyang Chao

Dr. Haiyang Chao joined CReSIS in August 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). Dr. Chao attended Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China where he received a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and Master’s in 2005. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Utah State University. His research interests are in estimation, control, and dynamics of unmanned vehicles, particularly in unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Chao is currently working on research related to “vision-aided navigation, wind/gust estimation, cooperative control of unmanned systems, remote sensing, and small/micro UAV development.”

Jay McDaniel

Jay McDaniel joined CReSIS in August as a GRA for Dr. Stephen Yan. A Master’s student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU), McDaniel will be supporting Dr. Yan’s project for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). He earned his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. McDaniel said he wanted to join CReSIS because of its excellence in radar design, which he plans on pursuing as a career.

Tyler Wieland

Tyler Wieland joined CReSIS in August of 2013 as a student journalist. He is currently a senior majoring atmospheric science with minors in journalism and mathematics. Tyler said he wanted to work at CReSIS as a student journalist because he has an interest in both studying science and communicating scientific information to a wider audience. He was born and raised in Kansas and wishes to pursue graduate studies in atmospheric science and climatology following his undergraduate degree.

Elizabeth Post

Elizabeth Post joined CReSIS in August 2013 as a graphic designer. Post is pursuing a BFA in Visual Communications from KU and already holds a degree in Business Marketing. She grew up in Kansas City and wanted to work at CReSIS after hearing great things about the work done by CReSIS’ previous graphic designer, Ashley Detmering.

Levi Houk

Levi Houk joined CReSIS in September to support the education team. He has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University and the University of New Mexico, respectively. Houk plans to be a high school science teacher and wanted to work at CReSIS to get some in-class experience while he participates in the UKan Teach program at the University of Kansas. When not working, he enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with his wife.