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Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Sang June Oh

Oh, Sang June
Associate professor and Department Chair
Room: E-100E
Phone: (657) 278-3014
Email: sjoh@fullerton.edu

Dr. Sang June Oh received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2004. His teaching interests are in the areas of control systems, optimization, mechatronics, vibrations and applied mathematics. Dr. Oh’s current research focuses on control applications in biomedical engineering, assistive technology, and iterative learning and repetitive control design for aerospace applications.  Dr. Oh’s previous academic experience includes postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University

 

Andy Bazar

Bazar, Andy
Professor
Room: CS-303
Phone: (657) 278- 4590
Email: abazar@fullerton.edu

Professor Bazar earned his doctorate from N. C. State in 1974. He is a registered professional engineer and has extensive industrial consulting experience. His current teaching areas are machine design, turbomachinery, rocket engineering, and engineering failure analysis.

 

Dr. Roberta E. Rikli

Mayoral, Salvador
Assistant Professor
Room: E-414
Phone: (657) 278-2198
Email: smayoral@fullerton.edu

Dr. Salvador Mayoral received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. As a graduate student, Dr. Mayoral worked on the shielding of jet noise by a hybrid wing body aircraft. His current research interests are aeroacoustics, experimental fluid mechanics, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Mayoral is a currently working on developing a relative positioning system for unmanned aerial vehicles using propeller noise, modelling the aeroacoustic diffraction from the momentum wake of an aerial vehicle, and is a Co-Pi on Cal State Fullerton’s “Development of comprehensive post-earthquake rainfall induced landslide (PERIL) hazard mitigation framework” project. Dr. Mayoral aims to develop an aerospace specialization within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is currently restoring the Wind Tunnel Laboratory. Before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Cal State Fullerton in the Fall of 2014, Dr. Mayoral worked as a Research and Development Engineer at Sonendo Inc. developing and testing medical devices for endodontics.

 

 Hossein Moini

Moini, Hossein
Professor
Room: E-316
Phone: (657) 278-7019
Email: moini@fullerton.edu
Website: www.ecs.fullerton.edu/~moini

Dr. Moini received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. His teaching interests are in the areas of mechatronics, intelligent systems, controls, and vibrations. Dr. Moini's current research is focused on mechatronics design and development of automotive systems, adaptive structures, and active vibration damping of large flexible structures. In the past, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Lockheed Martin Corporation for the support of his projects.

 

 Chean Ngo

Ngo, Chean Chin
Assistant Professor
Room: E-418
Phone: (657) 278-3599
Email: chngo@fullerton.edu

Dr. Chean Chin Ngo received his Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. His teaching interests are in the areas of thermal-fluid sciences, alternative energy and numerical modeling. Dr. Ngo’s current research interest focuses on transport phenomena in porous media, heat and mass transfer enhancement using electric field and multimedia technology in engineering education & K-12 STEM education. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Ngo was a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Dakota from 2008-2010 and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oklahoma in 2007.

 

Dr. Piacenza

Piacenza, Joseph
Assistant Professor 
Room: E - 412
Phone: (657) 278-3449
Email: jpiacenza@fullerton.edu   

Dr. Joseph Piacenza earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), and completed his MBA at USF in 2008 with a focus on entrepreneurship and management. While working toward his MBA, Dr. Piacenza founded and managed an automotive-based small business for seven years. After selling the company in 2010, and he concurrently pursued his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, completing each degree in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Dr. Piacenza’s dissertation explored concept-stage robust design for complex infrastructure systems. Additional active research areas include system optimization, automotive design, sustainable building design, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Piacenza instructs the mechanical engineering Senior Design course, and is actively involved with hands on and interdisciplinary student design projects. In addition, he is the Faculty advisor for SAE Formula, Baja, and UAV.

 

 Dr. Nina Robson

Robson, Nina 
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-406 
Phone: (657) 278-3875
Email: nrobson@fullerton.edu

Website:- ecs.fullerton.edu/~nrobson

Dr. Nina Robson has obtained MS degrees in Electronics and Automation Engineering (1994) and in Robotics and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (1996) from the Technical University of Sofia. She also completed a 3rd MS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis (2001) and a PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2008. During 2009-2011 she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. She has worked extensively in the areas of Robotics, Geometric Design of Mechanical Linkages and Kinematics of Motion. Dr. Robson's current research interest is on human motion planning with reduced mobility with the goal of developing novel technologies to facilitate the recovery of patients with neurological disorders. She has more than thirty papers published in peer reviewed national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Robson is a recipient of the 2012 NSF NRI collaborative grant "A Design Methodology for Multi-Fingered Robotic Hands with Second Order Kinematic Constraints.”

 

  Dr. Sagil James

Sagil James
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-209
Phone: (657) 278-3337
Email: sagiljames@fullerton.edu
Website:

Dr. James received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. His teaching interests are in the areas of Manufacturing Processes, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and Mechanics of Materials. His primary research areas are Advanced Manufacturing, Nanomanufacturing, Metrology, Process Modeling and Simulation. His doctoral research focused on the development of an innovative nanomachining process - Vibration Assisted Nano Impact-machining by Loose Abrasives (VANILA). He has also worked as a product engineer at Larsen and Toubro Limited in Mumbai, India.  

 

  Dr. Haowei Wang

Wang, Haowei  
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-415 
Phone: (657) 278-7913
Email: haowwang@fullerton.edu
Website: http://ecs.fullerton.edu/~haowei/

Dr. Haowei Wang received his B.Eng degree in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering from Southeast University in Nanjing China in 2008. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and 2012 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 2009 and 2012.  His doctoral research involved issues on combustion and in particular the autoignition of traditional and alternative jet fuels and jet fuel surrogates.  He has also interned at the Combustion Laboratory of General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York where he prepared and conducted tests for gasifier design projects as well as design, test and improve gasifier nozzles. He also set up optics and beam light for image capture, and worked with high-speed camera images of gasifier flows to optimize image quality for data extraction. He is the author of several publications and presentations in the field of combustion. Currently his research is focused on the combustion of traditional and alternative fuels. He teaches primarily thermal-fluids related courses.

 

Dr. Weiss Hope

Weiss Hope
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-413
Phone: (657) 278-2816
Email: hweiss@fullerton.edu
Website:

Dr. Hope Weiss earned her BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University (2006), and her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2008, 2012 respectively). Dr. Weiss' doctoral work investigated mechanical damage from a cavitation microbubble, in and near a blood clot, under high intensity focused ultrasound for application to stroke patients. Her current research interests are focused in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and chaos, with application to environmental and biomedical systems. Dr. Weiss’ teaching interests are in the areas of (but not limited to) system dynamics and vibrations, controls, fluid mechanics, numerical methods, applied mathematics, and programming. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Weiss was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2012-2015.

 

Professor Emeritus

Elsaden, Munir Ph.D.
Email: mechengoffice@fullerton.edu

Kreiner, Jesa Ph.D.
Email: kreiner@fullerton.edu

Krishnamurthy, Sundaram Ph. D.
Email: krish@fullerton.edu

Lancey, Timothy Ph.D.
Email: tlancey@fullerton.edu

Rizza, James Ph.D.
Email: jrizza@fullerton.edu