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New Faculty and Staff – September 2018


Mia Bovill

Mia Bovill

Mia Bovill is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Maryland. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Texas, Pontifica Universidad Catolica e Chile, and the University of Maryland. Bovill uses several approaches to investigate the formation and fate of the first galaxies as well as the formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies.


Bo Mei

Bo Mei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Mei earned his Ph.D. in computer science from The George Washington University after receiving master’s degrees from The George Washington University and Purdue University as well as a bachelor of engineering degree from Beijing Institute of Technology. His scholarly interests include the areas of mobile computing, machine learning and neural and social networks.


Bingyang Wei

Bingyang Wei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Wei completed his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Alabama (Huntsville) in 2015 after earning a B.E. in computer science and technology from the Ocean University of China in 2010. He will join TCU after a recent role as a tenure-track assistant professor at Midwestern State University. His research interests include software engineering, knowledge representation and reasoning, and natural language processing.



Richard Bonde, is a new Lecturer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Bonde graduated from Wichita State University with three B.S. degrees: physics, mathematics, and aerospace engineering. He earned his MS in physics from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a year in Geneva at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) studying high energy physics at the Large Hadron Collider.  He also earned his doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Sophia Garcia, is a new Lecturer in the Department of Biology. She earned her BA in biology, and holds a doctorate degree in health studies. Garcia also started a Latina STEM Fellowship: A Governor’s Summer Merit Grant Programs, Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education State Conference.

Carmella Kilburn

Carmella Kilburn is a new Lab Coordinator in the Department of Biology. Kilburn graduated from the University of North Texas with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry. After graduation, she continued her career as a microbiologist at Tarrant County College and volunteered at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.


Jessica Standifer

Jessica Standifer is the new Academic Program Specialist for the Pre-Health Professions Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from William Woods University and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Arizona. Standifer most recently served as a pre-health advisor at Tarrant County College.



Ally Matteson is the new Project Director in the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies at Baylor University. Matteson later returned to Baylor where she earned her master’s in social work and divinity after spending time in India and Egypt developing communities. Before joining the TCU family, Matteson worked as a therapist at Freedom Place and also served children, youth and families involved in foster care, disaster relief, churches, chaplaincy and the Methodist Children’s Home.


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