MCDaniel College Announces New Full-Time Professors

Farzad Ahmadi, Xuejing Duan, Lyneia Richardson and Diane Walsh have joined the McDaniel faculty

McDaniel College announces four new full-time faculty members. Farzad Ahmadi, Lyneia Richardson and Diane Walsh join McDaniel as assistant professors, while Xuejing Duan was promoted to her position.

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  • Farzad Ahmadi is a new assistant professor of physics and engineering at McDaniel.

Ahmadi, whose research interests include phase-change heat transfer, ice physics, low Reynolds number fluid mechanics, and elasticity, has authored numerous academic journals and book chapters. He was previously a postdoctoral research associate in the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellow for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

He earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech, where he was a postdoctoral research fellow and graduate research and teaching assistant. He was also named the college of engineering’s “outstanding doctoral student.” Ahmadi also holds a master’s degree in mechanics of structure from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.

  • Xuejing Duan, who previously served as a lecturer in McDaniel’s data analytics program,has been promoted to assistant professor of data analytics.

She was a biostatistician at the George Washington University and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of the District of Columbia, as well as a guest lecturer and research/teaching assistant at Virginia Tech.

She has both a master’s degree in data analysis and applied statistics and a Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech in addition to a master’s degree in assessment and evaluation from the University of Akron. Her bachelor’s degree is from Zhengzhou University in China.

  • Lyneia Richardson is an assistant professor of counseling at McDaniel.

Richardson is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience providing direct therapy services for individuals, groups, couples, and families in a variety of clinical and community settings, including substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, university counseling centers, and private practice. She is the owner and founder of Melanated Women’s Therapy, LLC, which focuses on addressing the mental health needs of women of color as well as maternal mental health.

She received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Howard University, a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina A&T State University.

  • Diane Walsh joins McDaniel as an assistant professor of counseling. Her research areas of interest include social class, religion and spirituality in counseling, and education. She teaches courses, such as group dynamics and appraisal procedures for counseling.

Prior to this role, Walsh served as program director and assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling at Neumann University in Aston, Pa. She has worked at clinical placements in three different states across four major metropolitan areas. She is also involved in a number of professional organizations, such as the American Counseling Association.

Walsh earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision at Loyola University Maryland, a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Iowa State University.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors, and over 20 graduate programs. One of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” McDaniel emphasizes experiential learning and student-faculty collaboration to develop the unique potential in every student. Represented by the Green Terror, its 24 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. A student-centered community of 1,800 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students offers access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., plus a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.