Staff Directory

585 Cobb Avenue, MD 0111
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Fax: (470) 578-9110

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  • Chris Cornelison

    Dr. Christopher Cornelison

    • Director of Intellectual Property Development
    • Ex Officio Member - Intellectual Property Committee
    • Assistant Professor of Microbiology

    Phone: (470) 578-5115

    • Dr. Cornelison earned his B.S. in microbiology at the University of Georgia in 2009, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in applied and environmental microbiology at Georgia State University in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He then served as a post-doctoral research associate with the U.S. Forest Service until 2016 when he joined Kennesaw State University as a research scientist (now assistant professor) in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the director of the BioInnovation Laboratory. He served as associate director of undergraduate research for two years before becoming director of the Office of Intellectual Property Development in spring 2020 when the new support unit was established within the Office of Research. 

      Dr. Cornelison directs externally funded research in his laboratory at KSU and is engaged in mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers on campus. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, is a board member of the Georgia Bat Working Group, and is a co-chair of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology’s (SIMB) Recent Advancements in Microbial Control conference (RAMC). Dr. Cornelison has received funding from the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Bat Conservation International.

    • Bill Diong

      Dr. Bill Diong

      • Associate Vice President for Research
      • Professor of Electrical Engineering

      Phone: (470) 578-5574

      • Dr. Diong earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), all in electrical engineering. With his academic career spanning two decades, Dr. Diong is currently a professor of electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at KSU. In January 2020, he joined the Office of Research as associate vice president for research and became an ex officio member of the Intellectual Property Committee

        As principal or co-investigator of research projects focused on dynamic systems and electric power, several of which were interdisciplinary collaborations, Dr. Diong has received research and education grants from funding sources such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Georgia Department of Transportation, Ford, and El Paso Electric. He was recognized for his scholarly achievements with KSU’s Outstanding Research and Creative Award (Engineering Applications) in 2018.