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Fresno State Transportation Institute

FACULTY FELLOWS

The Fresno State Transportation Institute depends on participation and contribution from an interdisciplinary group of Fresno State full time faculty who provide input to and responsibility for many of the operational activities of the institute. Faculty Fellows serve for a period of one year and can apply for additional one-year term(s) on an annual basis.

2021 - 2022

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Yushin Ahn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering And Geomatics Engineering

Office: Engineering East 112
Phone: 559.278.8312
Email: yahn@csufresno.edu

Dr. Yushin Ahn received the B. Eng. Degree in civil engineering and the M.Sc. degree in surveying and digital photogrammetry from Inha University, Korea in 1998 and 2000, and the M.sc. and a Ph.D. degree in geodetic science from the Ohio State University, Columbus, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. After three years of post-doctoral researcher at Byrd Polar Research Center, Columbus, OH, he taught at Michigan Technological University 2011-2017. He is currently an assistant professor of Civil and Geomatics Engineering, California State University at Fresno, CA. His research interests include digital photogrammetry, feature tracking, and sensor calibration and integration. Dr. Ahn received the Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship from American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and he is certified Photogrammetrist

 

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Maria Calahorra-Jimenez, Ph.D. PMP

Assistant Professor,
Construction Management Department

Office: Engineering East 133
Phone: 559.278.1792
Email: mcalahorrajimenez@mail.fresnostate.edu

Dr. Maria Calahorra-Jimenez is an assistant professor in the Department of Construction Management at California State University, Fresno. Maria holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the Catholic University of Chile. Dr. Maria Calahorra-Jimenez is also Project Management Professional (PMP). Before earning her doctorate, Maria worked in international engineering firms for 14 years. She served as technical office manager, project manager, and project engineer involved in the design and construction oversee of more than a hundred infrastructure projects—totaling nearly $2 billion—in Spain and Chile.

 


Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez’s research focuses on improving construction performance metrics by enhancing pre-construction management strategies in public infrastructure projects. Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez worked on research projects focused on highway and road management improvement such as Oportunidades para el mejoramiento de la gestión de proyectos de infraestructura pública en Chile funded by the Center of Public Policy of the Pontifical Catholic of Chile; Effectiveness of the SCDOT Design-Build Highway Program funded by South Carolina Department of Transportation, Deciding how to select: exploring award algorithms to reach best-value in design-build highway projects funded by Fresno State Chancellors Office & Contracting Strategies: a different approach to address long-term performance in road projects funded by Fresno State Transportation Institute. Further, Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez is currently exploring research lines involving sustainability in infrastructure and data analytics for decision-making.

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Hongwei Dong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning


Office: Science 172
Office Phone: 559.278.2890
Email:  hdong@csufresno.edu

 

Dr. Dong is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning at California State University, Fresno. His research and teaching focus on healthy, smart, and sustainable transportation technology and policy. He also researches in the field of housing and real estate development. Dr. Dong published in top-notch planning journals, such as the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, Housing Policy Debate, Landscape, and Urban Planning, Urban Geography, Journal of Transport Geography, etc. He is active in externally-funded interdisciplinary research. He led a research grant that was awarded by the NSF (award #1737380) in the 2017-2018 Academic year. As the Principal Investigator, he worked with two co-PIs in the Computer Science and Public Health departments at Fresno State to study how to use crowdsourcing technology to assist in planning integrated active travel and green infrastructure system for mental wellbeing in disadvantaged communities in Fresno.

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Xiaojun Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Geomatics Engineering

Office:  Engineering East 129
Email:  xli@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-1874 

Dr. Xiaojun Li received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Shandong University, China in 1995. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at Washing State University, USA in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He joined California State University, Fresno in 2016. His research focuses on transportation engineering materials, maintenance and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure, which emphasizes sustainability and concentrates on performance, safety, and mobility. Dr. Li’s research goal is to achieve more sustainable transportation infrastructure with high efficiency that satisfy the concerns of the economy, environment, and society. He has gained more than ten years industrial experience in China before graduate study.

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Trang Phan

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

Office: ED 469
Phone: 559.278.0043
Email: tphan@mail.fresnostate.edu

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Myunghwan Shin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Liberal Studies

Office: ED 453
Phone: 559.278.0336
Email: mshin@csufresno.edu

Dr. Shin is an Assistant Professor of STEM education in the Department of Liberal Studies in Kremen School of Education and Human Development. He serves on the STEM Education Center in the College of Science and Mathematics as an Assistant Director. Dr. Shin received his Ph.D. degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (Specialization-Science Education) at Michigan State University. His research involves designing inclusive STEM education programs for youth from underserved communities and supporting educators in teaching STEM to students from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Shin’s current research topics include maker education, engineering design, and design thinking in STEM education. 

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Christian Wandeler

Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

Office: ED 439
Phone: 559.278.0355
Email: cwandeler@mail.fresnostate.edu

Dr. Christian A. Wandeler, Ph.D., is an associate professor in research methods and statistics in Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction at California State University, Fresno. He got a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He studied how organizations create optimal environments for human development and learning. He is particularly interested in the development of hope, preparation of youth for the future, self-managing teams and agile working methods such as scrum and bringing it to education in the USA.

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Ajith Weerasinghe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Engineering East 294
Phone: 559.278.0291
Email: ajithw@csufresno.edu

 

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Yuanyuan Xie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Engineering East 115
Phone: 559.278.4274
Email: yxie@csufresno.edu

2020 - 2021

Postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

 

2019 - 2020

Professor

Jaymin Kwon, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Public Health

Office:  McLane Hall  J-Wing, Room  14      
E-mail: jkwon@csufresno.edu
Phone:  (559) 892-3360

 

Dr. Jaymin Kwon is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health and Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety option coordinator. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Food Engineering and Biotechnology at Yonsei University, Korea and M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, he joined Fresno State in 2011. 

 

Dr. Kwon's current research focuses on the epidemiological human exposure assessment to traffic emissions and adverse health effects, the development of sensors for air pollution monitoring, and the impact of traffic emission in under-represented microenvironments. Dr. Kwon is a co-investigator of research, the Children's Health to Air Pollution Study – San Joaquin Valley (CHAPS-SJV) funded by NIEHS/USEPA, with PIs of Berkeley, Stanford, and Fresno State. The CHAPS-SJV study assesses the exposure to traffic emitted air pollutants on the different populations include pregnant women and children in Fresno, with their choice of the mode of transportation and socioeconomic status of the built environment. Dr. Kwon characterizes the concentration of air pollutants, including particulate matters (PM10, PM2.5), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), black carbon (BC), ultra-fine particles, and Nitrous oxides (NOx) in the Fresno/Clovis neighborhoods and microenvironments.

Yertai Tanai

Yertai Tanai, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor
Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department

Office:  Peters Business Bldg. 245
Email:  ytanai@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2217

Dr. Yertai Tanai is Assistant Professor of  Decision Sciences and Information at Fresno State. He joined Craig School of Business in August 2017. Prior to joining Fresno State, he worked at the University of Akron, Akron, OH. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Operations Management and a minor in Applied Statistics in 2016 from Kent State University, Kent, OH. He received a Master’s Degree of Sciences in Economics in 2012 from Portland State University, Portland, OR. 

He has taught Business Statistics, Project Management, Supply Chain Modeling and Decision Making, Principles of Supply Chain and Operations Management, among other classes. He holds certificates of Big Data and Microsoft Certified Professional. 

 Professor

Yu Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology

Office:   S2 142      
E-mail:  yuzh@csufresno.edu
Phone:  (559) 278 6046

Dr. Yu Zhang received her law degree from China and Ph.D. in Criminology and Public Policy from Northeastern University in Boston. Her primary teaching and research interests include comparative criminology, policing, race & gender, law & society, and quantitative research methodology. She has participated in several international and national research projects, including the International Self-report Delinquency Study, National Sexual Assault Self-efficacy Needs Assessment Project, and Implicit Racial Bias Project. Dr. Zhang is currently working on the application of computational methods in social science, including social media and big data analysis.

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Xiaojun Li, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Geomatics Engineering

Office:  Engineering East 129
Email:  xli@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-1874 

Dr. Xiaojun Li received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Shandong University, China in 1995. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at Washing State University, USA in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He joined California State University, Fresno in 2016. His research focuses on transportation engineering materials, maintenance and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure, which emphasizes sustainability and concentrates on performance, safety, and mobility. Dr. Li’s research goal is to achieve more sustainable transportation infrastructure with high efficiency that satisfy the concerns of the economy, environment, and society. He has gained more than ten years industrial experience in China before graduate study.

 Professor

Yuanyuan Xie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 
Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Office:  Engineering East, Room 115
Email:  yxie@csufresno.edu 
Phone: (559) 278-4274

Dr. Yuanyuan Xie is an Assistant Professor working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of California State University, Fresno. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in the year of 2013. Prior to joining Fresno State, he served as a postdoctoral researcher at Chemical Science and Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory. His research spans from electric vehicles, energy consumption model of internal combustion engine vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities, to multi-scale modeling. His work has been primarily in the new electric vehicle technologies in collaboration with many automakers. At Fresno State, he also served as a faculty fellow for the Fresno State Transportation Institute (FSTI). In the transportation field, Dr. Xie has produced about 20 journal papers and done more than 10 presentations in national & international conferences as well as technical meetings. He is also an active member of Material Research Society, the Electrochemical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. 

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Sarofim, Samer, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing and Logistics

Office:  Peters Building 546
Email:  sarofim@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 999-5260

Sarofim is an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. Sarofim’s research was honored by the Best Paper Award in Consumer Behavior Track at the American Marketing Association Summer conference (2016). In recognition to his innovative and impactful teaching methodology, Sarofim has been a winner (2016) and a finalist (2015) of the Marketing Management Association Outstanding Teaching-Scholar Doctoral Student annual competition. In his research, Sarofim focuses on consumer financial decision-making and the effects of emotions on consumers’ reactions to advertisement. Additionally, he investigates the dynamic branding environment within sports marketing. He has multiple research projects both under advanced stages of review and ready-to-submit to major marketing journals. Sarofim brings to his research projects and classrooms, 13 years of professional experience, working in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, consulting, and corporate training.

 Chih-Hao Wang

Chih-Hao Wang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning

Office:  Science 154
Email:  cwang@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-6041

Chih-Hao Wang has taught since 2014. He received his Ph.D. (2013) and Master (2010) degrees in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on environmental planning from the perspective of natural hazard mitigation. Another of his research interest is to apply spatial statistics to analyze spatial or social interactions in the earthquake process, water management, transportation planning, and community development. His research has been published in journals in areas of environmental planning, transportation, and geography.

Harry Xia 

Harry Xia, PhD 

Associate Professor
Department of Finance & Business Law

Office:  Peters Building 285
Email:  hxia@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-5296

Dr. Xia is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Business Programs at the Craig School of Business who arrived in Fresno in August 2016. Dr. Xia held key management positions in finance and marketing for multinational corporations in the U.S. and the Asia Pacific for almost twenty years before joining the University of Saint Joseph in Macau as a professor in Finance and MBA Program Coordinator in 2011. His primary research interests include financial planning, international business, and corporate governance. His research has been published in numerous journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Xia holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Master of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston in Texas.

Brian Cozen

Dr. Brian Cozen 

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication 

Office:  SA 35      
E-mail: bcozen@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone:  (559) 278-5296

Dr. Cozen joins the Department of Communication in August 2017. Dr. Cozen arrives from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in Rhetorical Studies. Dr. Cozen’s research examines how communication mediates human-environment relationships, particularly in relation to energy practice. This research focus ranges from analyzing the television show Revolution and its collaboration with the United Nations’ energy access campaigns to interviews with nuclear energy professionals. His work can be found in Argumentation and AdvocacyCommunication Theory, and Environmental Communication, among others. Dr. Cozen will be teaching courses in environmental communication and rhetoric, and is especially excited to teach pressing ecological issues in his home state of California.

 

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Jes Therkelsen, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor
Media, Communications and Journalism

Office:  Speech Arts 140A    
E-mail: jtherkelsen@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-5078

 

 

2018-2019

Brian Cozen

Dr. Brian Cozen 

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication 

Office:  SA 35      
E-mail: bcozen@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone:  (559) 278-2826

Dr. Cozen joins the Department of Communication in August 2017. Dr. Cozen arrives from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught courses in Rhetorical Studies. Dr. Cozen’s research examines how communication mediates human-environment relationships, particularly in relation to energy practice. This research focus ranges from analyzing the television show Revolution and its collaboration with the United Nations’ energy access campaigns to interviews with nuclear energy professionals. His work can be found in Argumentation and AdvocacyCommunication Theory, and Environmental Communication, among others. Dr. Cozen will be teaching courses in environmental communication and rhetoric, and is especially excited to teach pressing ecological issues in his home state of California.

Recent Publications:

Cozen, B. (2017). Facting fiction: Revolution, the United Nations, and cultural politics of electricity. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Online First. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2017.1325510

            http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/9KfwNEP5SDc9MuMHZjKZ/full

Endres, D., Cozen, B., Barnett, J. T., O’Byrne, M., & Peterson, T. R. (2016). Communicating energy in a climate (of) crisis. In E. L. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (pp. 419 –448). New York, NY: Routledge.

Select Courses:

Communication Criticism

Environmental Communication

Rhetorical Theory

 Hongwei

Hongwei Dong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning

Office: Science 172
Office Phone: 559.278.2890
Email:  hdong@csufresno.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Hongwei Dong received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Portland State University. His research explores planning techniques and policies that promote affordable, equitable, sustainable, and healthy communities and cities. His primary research interests include housing affordability and equity, land use regulation and planning, smart and healthy cities, and transportation and land use.

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Youngwook Kim, Ph.D

Professor
Department Of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office:  Engineering East 268 and 233          
E-mail:  youngkim@csufresno.edu
Phone:  (559)  278 - 4629

Youngwook Kim received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea, in 2003.  He received an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA in 2005 and 2008 respectively. He joined California State University at Fresno in 2008 and was early promoted to professor in 2018. He also teaches in the School of Engineering at University of California at Merced as a visiting professor. His research interests are in the area of radar signal processing, antenna design and RF electronics. His primary topic of research lies in radar signal processing for the human motion analysis with machine-learning techniques. Other topics of interest include wireless power transfer, development of fast algorithms for broadband antenna design, and equivalent-circuit modeling of broadband antennas. He is a recipient of the Claude Laval Jr. Award, the LCOE outstanding research award, the Provost's New Faculty Award from the California State University, the A.D. Hutchison fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin, and the National IT Fellowship from the Ministry of Information and Communication, Korea. He has published more than 70 technical papers and holds two patents.

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Xiaojun Li, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Geomatics Engineering

Office:  Engineering East 129
Email:  xli@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-1874 

Dr. Xiaojun Li received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Shandong University, China in 1995. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at Washing State University, USA in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He joined California State University, Fresno in 2016. His research focuses on transportation engineering materials, maintenance and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure, which emphasizes sustainability and concentrates on performance, safety, and mobility. Dr. Li’s research goal is to achieve more sustainable transportation infrastructure with high efficiency that satisfy the concerns of the economy, environment, and society. He has gained more than ten years industrial experience in China before graduate study.

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Arezoo Sadrinezhad, Ph.D, PE

Assistant Professor 
Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering 

Office:  Engineering East 133
Email:  asadrinezhad@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-1657

Dr. Arezoo Sadrinezhad is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering in the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State). She is also a professional engineer in the state of CA. Dr. Sadrinezhad has a B.Sc. in civil Engineering, an M.Sc. in Earthquake Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Sadrinezhad’s M.Sc. thesis was on performance based design of steel structures and her Ph.D. dissertation was on probabilistic constitutive modeling of soils. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Dr. Sadrinezhad was working as a seismic specialist and design engineer. She contributed to the seismic rehabilitation of more than fifty schools and hospitals. She also contributed in design of multiple superstructures and substructures.

Dr. Sadrinezhad’s current research is in the area of geotechnical earthquake engineering. One of the current projects that she has worked on is seismic evaluation of railway embankments consisting of alternative aggregates (e.g., tire-derived aggregates). Dr. Sadrinezhad integrates her research into the classroom. She is teaching classes such as Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Mechanics of Materials Lab, Soil Mechanics, Soil Mechanics Lab, Foundation Design, Reliability Methods in Engineering Design, Computer Application in Civil Engineering, and Research Seminar. She strongly believes in the importance of the undergraduate research experience. Dr. Sadrinezhad is also the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student chapter at the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State. She actively participates in K-12 outreach program to attract more female students to the Fresno State engineering program.

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Sarofim, Samer, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing and Logistics

Office:  Peters Building 546
Email:  sarofim@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278 2915

Sarofim is an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. Sarofim’s research was honored by the Best Paper Award in Consumer Behavior Track at the American Marketing Association Summer conference (2016). In recognition to his innovative and impactful teaching methodology, Sarofim has been a winner (2016) and a finalist (2015) of the Marketing Management Association Outstanding Teaching-Scholar Doctoral Student annual competition. In his research, Sarofim focuses on consumer financial decision-making and the effects of emotions on consumers’ reactions to advertisement. Additionally, he investigates the dynamic branding environment within sports marketing. He has multiple research projects both under advanced stages of review and ready-to-submit to major marketing journals. Sarofim brings to his research projects and classrooms, 13 years of professional experience, working in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, consulting, and corporate training.

Chih-Hao Wang

Chih-Hao Wang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning

Office:  Science 154
Email:  cwang@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-6041

Chih-Hao Wang has taught since 2014. He received his Ph.D. (2013) and Master (2010) degrees in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on environmental planning from the perspective of natural hazard mitigation. Another of his research interest is to apply spatial statistics to analyze spatial or social interactions in the earthquake process, water management, transportation planning, and community development. His research has been published in journals in areas of environmental planning, transportation, and geography.

Harry Xia

Harry Xia, PhD 

Associate Professor
Department of Finance & Business Law

Dr. Xia is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Business Programs at the Craig School of Business who arrived in Fresno in August 2016. Dr. Xia held key management positions in finance and marketing for multinational corporations in the U.S. and the Asia Pacific for almost twenty years before joining the University of Saint Joseph in Macau as a professor in Finance and MBA Program Coordinator in 2011. His primary research interests include financial planning, international business, and corporate governance. His research has been published in numerous journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Xia holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Master of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston in Texas.

Office:  Peters Building 285
Email:  hxia@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-5646

2017-2018

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Maziar Ghazinejad

Assistant Teaching Professor 
University of California, San Diego

Office:  
Email:  mghazinejad@ucsd.edu
Phone: (
858) 534-5832

Maziar Ghazinejad joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego in 2018. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Riverside (2012) and holds M.S. degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to his appointment at UC San Diego, he served as an assistant professor and graduate coordinator at California State University Fresno, and as a project scientist at UC Irvine. He is a recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award from California State University Fresno, and an Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) award from the American Public Power Association for his work on manufacturing and device application of carbon nanomaterials. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), where he serves as a conference chair and editor.

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Farbod Khoshnoud, Ph.D

Faculty of Electro-mechanical Engineering Technology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Office: College of Engineering (Building 9), Room 315.
Email: fkhoshnoud@cpp.edu 
Phone: (909) 869-2588

Farbod Khoshnoud, PhD, PGCE, CEng, M.IMechE, M.ASME, HEA Fellow, is a faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a research affiliate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech. His current research areas include Self-powered Dynamic Systems, Nature/Biologically Inspired Dynamic Systems, and (Experimental) Quantum Collaborative Robotics and Autonomy.

He was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, USA; a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, in 2017; a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University London, UK, 2014-16; a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, 2011-2014; a visiting scientist and postdoctoral researcher in the Industrial Automation Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at UBC, Vancouver, 2007-2012; a visiting researcher at California Institute of Technology, USA, 2009-2011; and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC, 2005-2007.

He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University in 2005. He has worked in industry as a mechanical engineer for over six years. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Mechatronic Systems and Control (formerly Control and Intelligent Systems).

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Xiaojun Li, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Geomatics Engineering

Office:  Engineering East 129
Email:  xli@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-1874 

Dr. Xiaojun Li received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Shandong University, China in 1995. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at Washing State University, USA in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He joined California State University, Fresno in 2016. His research focuses on transportation engineering materials, maintenance and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure, which emphasizes sustainability and concentrates on performance, safety, and mobility. Dr. Li’s research goal is to achieve more sustainable transportation infrastructure with high efficiency that satisfy the concerns of the economy, environment, and society. He has gained more than ten years industrial experience in China before graduate study.

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Woonki Na, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
California State University, Fresno

Office:  Engineering East 262          
E-mail: wkna@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559)  278 - 4824 

Dr. Na received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Kwangwoon University, Seoul, S.Korea, in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and earned the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in May, 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he was with Caterpillar Inc, Peoria, IL and participated in several hybrid electric drives programs as a Senior Engineer. From 2009 to 2010, he was a Post-doctoral Researcher with the University of Michigan–Dearborn. He was Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bradley University, Peoria, IL between Aug. 2010 and July 2013. Currently he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, California State University, Fresno since Aug. 2013.  His research interests include power electronics, power systems, electric drives, and digital signal process (DSP)based control designs for hybrid electric vehicle and renewable/ alternative energy applications.

Nicole

Nicole Smith, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor
College of Health and Human Services,
California State University, Fresno

Office:  North Gym 167
Email:  njsmith@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278 2069

 

Dr. Nicole J. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department Kinesiology and Faculty Fellow in the Central California Children’s Institute in the College of Health and Human Services. 

She aims to increase physical activity in the population. She does this by preparing teachers to implement evidence-based programs and by engaging in research to understand factors that influence physical activity in school settings. She has expertise in physical education teacher education, the dissemination of SPARK PE programs, physical activity measurement, physical activity opportunity, and school physical activity policy. She publishes and presents work on topics including school-based physical activity opportunity in K-12 schools, physical activity in high school physical education, measuring physical activity using the System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time, and school physical activity policies. Her emerging interests include implementation of comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAP), the use of wearable sensors and applications to assess heart rate in physical education, and objectively assessed physical activity of office workers.

Yertai Tanai, Ph. D.

Yertai Tanai

Assistant Professor,
Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department
California State University, Fresno

Office:  Peters Business Bldg. 245
Email:  ytanai@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.2217

Dr. Yertai Tanai is Assistant Professor of  Decision Sciences and Information at Fresno State. He joined Craig School of Business in August 2017. Prior to joining Fresno State, he worked at the University of Akron, Akron, OH. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Operations Management and a minor in Applied Statistics in 2016 from Kent State University, Kent, OH. He received a Master’s Degree of Sciences in Economics in 2012 from Portland State University, Portland, OR. 

He has taught Business Statistics, Project Management, Supply Chain Modeling and Decision Making, Principles of Supply Chain and Operations Management, among other classes. He holds certificates of Big Data and Microsoft Certified Professional. 

Dr. Nancy

Nancy Van Leuven, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
College of Art and Humanities,
California State University, Fresno

Office:  
Email:  nancyvanleuven@mail.fresnostate.edu
Phone: 

Dr. Nancy Van Leuven is an award-winning instructor who also has  worked in the areas of marketing, public relations and community development for clients like the Southern California Association of Governments, the International Red Cross and the American Lung Association.

Her most recent research explores issues in global communication and the environment, with a focus on women and indigenous populations within social justice and international development frameworks. She has published and presented research on health care for rural populations, how social media is embedded in public agencies and why global-change initiatives, such as the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, face obstacles with Western audiences.

Currently, Van Leuven serves as an elected board member for the International Environmental Communication Association.

Her personal interests include golden retrievers, edible gardens and "The Great British Baking Show."

Chih-Hao Wang

Chih-Hao Wang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning
California State University, Fresno

Office:  Science 154
Email:  cwang@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-6041

Chih-Hao Wang has taught since 2014. He received his Ph.D. (2013) and Master (2010) degrees in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on environmental planning from the perspective of natural hazard mitigation. Another of his research interest is to apply spatial statistics to analyze spatial or social interactions in the earthquake process, water management, transportation planning, and community development. His research has been published in journals in areas of environmental planning, transportation, and geography.

Harry Xia

Harry Xia, PhD 

Associate Professor
Department of Finance & Business Law
California State University, Fresno

Dr. Xia is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Business Programs at the Craig School of Business who arrived in Fresno in August 2016. Dr. Xia held key management positions in finance and marketing for multinational corporations in the U.S. and the Asia Pacific for almost twenty years before joining the University of Saint Joseph in Macau as a professor in Finance and MBA Program Coordinator in 2011. His primary research interests include financial planning, international business, and corporate governance. His research has been published in numerous journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Xia holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Master of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston in Texas.

Office:  Peters Building 285
Email:  hxia@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-5646

Daming

Daming Zhang, Ph.D

Professor of Transportation Systems
Department of Industrial Technology,
California State University, Fresno.

Office: IT 228 
E-mail: dazhang@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-1442 

Dr. Daming Zhang is a specialist in engine and power train, NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) CAE, and finite element and boundary element simulation. His research interests include engine technology and vehicle development, green energy and alternative fuel, noise estimation and reduction, finite element and boundary element analysis in automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and optoelectronics industries, as well as technology diffusion and rural industrialization. He teaches courses in vehicle, engine, power train technologies, and quality management. Dr. Zhang is a member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

 Before joining California State University at Fresno in 2008, Dr. Daming Zhang has more than 12-year industrial experience working as Engineering Specialist at the Core Engine Simulation Center of Excellence of Caterpillar Inc., Senior Engineer at the Engine NVH Department of FEV Engine Technology Inc., and Senior Engineer of Optimal CAE Inc. doing consulting at Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Dr. Zhang also has 10-year teaching experience at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Wayne State University, and the Department of Aerospace Engineering of Northwestern Polytechnical University.