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CPP WE - Our Faculty

Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering has a wonderful female faculty who offer a supportive community to help you succeed.  While our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds, they all share a common love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are excited to provide the opportunity to learn and collaborate with CPP students and are all hands on in the growth and development of the Women in Engineering program.

Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros

Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services for the College of Engineering, Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and a CPP alumna, is committed to the educational mission of the CSU and to providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to be successful. 

Dr. Winny Dong

Dr. Winny Dong, Program Director for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and a professor of Materials Science has a goal to diversify the engineering workforce. Her research focuses on high surface area ceramics which can be characterized by the Atomic Force Microscope.

Dr. Angela Shih

Dr. Angela Shih is the Department Chair for the Mechanical Engineering Department and a professor of Mechanical Engineering. She uses Legos in the classroom to introduce the concept of engineering design, and to motivate and engage students to ‘learn by doing’ engineering early in their college career.

Dr. Norali Pernalete

Dr. Norali Pernalete is a professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology. She engages in team-based learning and innovative research in rehabilitation robotics and has been a part of the creation of the Robotic Haptic System.  Dr.  Pernalete’s research improves the hand-eye coordination in children diagnosed with poor graphomotor skills using robotic mapping from a haptic user interface to a virtual environment.  She is also the Women in Engineering Faculty Representative. 

Dr. Seema Fairbanks-Shah

Dr. Seema C. Shah-Fairbank is an assistant professor in Civil Engineering. She teaches courses in hydrology, hydraulics, and environmental engineering. Dr. Shah-Fairbank is currently serving as the student section advisor for SWE and co-advisor for the American Societies of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She plans to work within our communities looking to develop solutions in river erosion and sedimentation.

Dr. Saeideh Fallah-Fini completed her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010. After graduation she was an Adjunct Faculty member and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Virginia Tech and most recently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity. Dr. Fallah-Fini’s research focuses on productivity and performance measurement as well as modeling behavior of complex dynamic socio-technical systems in public health and infrastructure management. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Fallah-Fini worked as a Business Analyst and IT Consultant for the ADA IT Company (2002 – 2005). During that time she consulted with several organizations for modeling, improvement, and automation of their business processes. Dr. Fallah-Fini teaches primarily in the areas of systems engineering, operations research, quality, and statistics.


Dr. Monica Palomo is an Assistant Professor for the Civil Engineering Department. Dr. Palomo has completed 2 Post- Docs, a PhD and a MS in Civil Engineering at Kansas State University. She received her Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. Dr. Palomo has a number of honors and awards under her belt. Most recently she was honored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and she received the Northrup Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. In previous years she has been honored as a Provost Teacher Scholars Program Fellow, a USDA E. Kika De la Garza Science Fellow, and a Lyle Center Faculty fellow. Dr. Palomo is also working along side Dr. Ontiveros on outreach efforts made possbile by the Kellogg Legacy Grant.
Dr. Francelina Neto, Department Chair and professor for the Civil Engineering Department has her PhD in Geospatial Engineering From the University of London. Dr. Neto’s Expertise lies in 3D modeling, airbourne and spacebourne imagery, and mapping. Dr. Neto partners with the California Land Surveyors Association as well as the Department of Defense. Dr. Neto is most interested in research involving 3D visualization, fly-through in the defense of territory, preservation of cultural heritage sites, 3D models of archealogical sites, and spatial reasoning in student learning.

Dr. Shokoufeh Mirzaei is an assistant professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. Dr. Mirzaei received her PhD in Industrial and System Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas in May of 2012. She also holds a Masters and Bachelor of Science in Industrial and System Engineering from Isfahan University of Science Technology in Iran. Dr. Mirzaei does research in the areas of applied optimization, systems engineering, and autonomous vehicle routing. In 2012, Dr. Mirzaei gained industrial experience as Senior Analytics Consultant for CGN and Associates in Peoria, Illinois. Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree, Mirzaei was the Head of Project Planning and Control Department for Kanoor in Iran.
Dr. Laila J. Jallo is a professor for the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. One of her accomplishments includes the publication of a paper entitled Adhesion of Dry Nano-coated Microparticles to Stainless Steel: A Physical Interpretation. It is in the most downloaded list in the Powder Technology International Journal. Her expertise is in particle engineering, surface interactions, and materials characterization.
Dr. Maryam Shafahi is an assistant professor for the Mechanical Engineering Department. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Sahand University of Technology, Iran in 1999. She earned her M.S. from Sistan & Baluchestan University, Iran in 2004, and her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 2010. Dr. Shafahi's areas of specialty include transport in porous media, bioheat, aquaponics, sustainable energy, and drug deliver.


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