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New Tenure Track Faculty

New Faculty Class of 2016


Steven Archambault

Steven Archambault

Agribusiness & Food Industry Management/Agricultural Science

Call me Steve. My PhD in Economics is from the University of New Mexico. My main scholarly and creative interests include food security, sustainable water, and urban agriculture. If I could learn something new it would be how to play the violin. I am passionate about gardening and getting my hands dirty. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was singing in a rock and roll band. My favorite part of the day is night time. A habit that I’m glad to have is sampling all the fine wines and cheeses from around the world.

Cord Brundage

Cord Brundage

Animal & Veterinary Science

Call me Cord. My PhD and DVM are from University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado State University respectively. My main scholarly and creative interests are integrative physiology, veterinary neurology, and science pedagogy. If I could learn something new it would be computer engineering and investment banking. I am passionate about educational access. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a veterinary neurologist. My favorite part of the day is spending time with my family. A habit that I’d like to break is getting lost in web browsing black holes.

Ondieki Gekara

Ondieki Gekara

Animal & Veterinary Science

Call me Gekara. My PhD is from West Virginia University. My main scholarly and creative interests include research in the area of nutrition and efficient use of feed resources for optimal livestock production. If I could learn something new it would be how to become effective in my teaching responsibilities at Cal Poly Pomona. I am passionate about delivering wholesome and affordable but antibiotic-free animal food products to the consumer. If being a professor hadn’t worked out, my backup plan would be Business Administration. My favorite part of the day is in the classroom/lab with students.

Golandam Khayef

Golandam Khayef

Human Nutrition & Food Science

Call me Golie Khayef. My PhD is from Loma Linda University. As a dietitian I work with individuals with food addiction and psychological problems that relate to their food intake. I have a deep interest in research that focuses on psychology and nutrition. If I could learn something new it would be sign language! I am passionate about teaching! It satisfies me when I see my students learn from me. Working as a dietitian in a college setting was my backup plan. My favorite part of the day is when my one year old wakes up in the morning and smiles at me! A habit that I’m glad that I have is that I eat healthy, which is great, and I like to create a habit of exercising every day if time allows!

Saemee Lyu

Saemee Lyu

Apparel Merchandising & Management

Call me Saemee. My PhD is from University of Minnesota. I am interested in apparel product development for human health and well-being, 3D scanning technology, and human performance in apparel industry.

Anna Soper

Anna Soper

Plant Science

Call me Anna. My PhD is from University of Massachusetts Amherst. My main scholarly and creative interests include undergraduate research, entomology, and natural control of insects. If I could learn something new it would be how to surf. I am passionate about education. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a veterinarian. My favorite part of the day is dusk, when it gets a little bit brighter right before it gets very dark.


Joonho Lee

Joonho Lee

Accounting

Call me Joon. My PhD is from University of Texas at Austin. My main scholarly and creative interests involve Financial Statements Reporting/Usage.

L. Lin Ong

L. Lin Ong

International Business & Marketing

Call me Lin. I completed my PhD in Business Administration at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am interested in sustainable enterprise, emerging markets, and small-scale entrepreneurship. If I could learn something new it would be thrown pottery. I am passionate about economic development/poverty alleviation. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to continue being in a business that has social impact goals, or perhaps work at a foundation that has strong NGO/business overlap (e.g. Gates). My favorite part of the day is quiet mornings. Not sure if this is a habit, but I am both pragmatic and optimistic, which I'm very glad to have.

Nastaran Simarasl

Nastaran Simarasl

Management & Human Resources

Call me Nasi. My PhD is from University of Tennessee. My main scholarly and creative interests include doing research on minority entrepreneurship (e.g. women entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship, etc.). I am specifically interested in studying how minority entrepreneurs make strategic decisions regarding their businesses. If I could learn something new it would be to play the piano again since I used to play when I was a teenager. I feel passionate about empowering minorities and giving voice to them by helping them feel like they are included. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a personal trainer. My favorite part of the day is when I can go jogging. A habit that I’m glad that to have adopted is working out.

Alex Wu

Alex Wu

Finance, Real Estate & Law

Call me Alex. My PhD is from Rutgers University. My main scholarly and creative interests include fixed income investment, credit risk, and student-led investment funds. If I could learn something new it would be how to drive a train :) I am passionate about bringing the finance area to the next level in both teaching and research at CPP's College of Business Administration. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan would be to go into industry. My favorite part of the day is late at night. A habit I’d love to have is learning how to relax.


Eric Haas

Eric Haas

Education

Call me Eric. My PhD is from Arizona State. My main scholarly and creative interests include education policy and specifically how people learn. If I could learn something new, it would be learning how to play jazz piano really well! I am passionate about low water and energy use at home. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a development worker overseas. My favorite part of the day is morning. A habit that I’d like to break is to stop checking my email all the time ;).

Robert LeBlanc

Robert LeBlanc

Education

Call me Robert. My PhD is from University of Pennsylvania. My main scholarly and creative interests include literacy studies, Bourdieu, and urban Catholic schooling. If I could learn something new it would be French. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a high school teacher. My favorite part of the day is strong coffee first thing in the morning.

Eligio Martinez

Eligio Martinez

Education

My name is Eligio Martinez Jr. I’m a visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Integrative Studies teaching in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. I received my PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. My research focuses on the educational experiences of male students of color throughout the educational pipeline. I enjoy going to concerts, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and catching UCLA football and basketball games.

David Neumann

David Neumann

Education

Call me Dave. My PhD is from USC. My main scholarly interests are history education, historical thinking, and history--American, world, California, and local. If I could learn something new it would be to speak another language fluently. I am passionate about racial justice. My favorite part of the day is dawn. A habit that I’m glad to have is that I read addictively-mostly a good habit.

Jason Petrulis

Jason Petrulis

Interdisciplinary General Education

Call me Jason. My PhD is from Columbia University. I am interested in 20th century history -- US, Asia, and global, especially capitalism, culture, and politics, and the way things, people, capital, and ideas circulate.

Charles Sepulveda

Charles Sepulveda

Ethnic & Women's Studies

Call me Charles. My PhD is from University of California, Riverside. My main scholarly and creative interests include California Indians and Indigenous Studies. If I could learn something new I would like to learn the Tongva and Acjachemen languages. I am passionate about cultural revitalization (decolonization). If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would include working for a non-profit while continuing to search the job market. My favorite part of the day is dinner time.


Farhana Abedin

Farhana Abedin

Engineering Technology

Call me Farhana. My PhD is from University of Kansas. My main scholarly interests are synthesis & characterization of polymeric biomaterials and design of novel molecules by computer-aided molecular design for biomedical application. I am passionate about a society with no discrimination based on gender, culture, or race.

Pejman Akbari

Pejman Akbari

Engineering Technology

Call me PJ. I received my PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Michigan State University. My recent research in developing unsteady combustion systems for gas turbines was highlighted in the media by CNN, PNR, Popular Science, Scientific America, New Scientist among others. If I could learn something new it would be jewelry design! I am highly passionate about health and I am certified Bikram Yoga Instructor. My backup plan is to open a health center offering yoga and fitness. The best part of my day is drinking my coffee and listening to birds.

Hamarz Aryafar

Hamarz Aryafar

Engineering Technology

Call me Hamarz. My PhD is from UCLA. My main scholarly and creative interests involve renewable energy storage. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would be to become a janitor at an Ivy League school and solve problems that are left up on the blackboard on the weekends until I'm discovered as a math prodigy. Then I’d run away with actress Minnie Driver. That, or look for an industry position.

Carlos Castro

Carlos Castro

Mechanical Engineering

Call me Carlos. My PhD is from University of California, Riverside. My main scholarly and creative interests are to expose students to a wide range of engineering applications. If I could learn something new it would be how to spacewalk. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to become an “okay” screenwriter. My favorite part of the day is walking my dog.

Ahmed Elaksher

Ahmed Elaksher

Civil Engineering
Mehrad Kamalzare

Mehrad Kamalzare

Civil Engineering

Call me Mehrad. My PhD is from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My main scholarly and creative interests include geotechnical engineering, dam and levee engineering, tunnel engineering, and foundation engineering. If I could learn something new it would be to learn other languages. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a consulting engineer while teaching part time. My favorite part of the day is evening.

Faculty Jia Li

Jia Li

Chemical & Materials Engineering

Call me Jia. My PhD is from Wayne State University at Detroit MI. My main scholarly and creative interests are chemical process design for energy saving. If I could learn something new it would be necessary mechanical engineering technologies related to chemical process design. I am passionate about novel chemical process development and commercialization. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become an engineer in chemical process. My favorite part of the day is focusing on doing work. A habit that I’m glad that I have is writing a to-do-list every morning and having a work log file.

Greg Placencia

Greg Placencia

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Call me Greg. My PhD is from University of Southern California. What do you think when you think of engineering? Many immediately think math or "geek/nerd," but how much do engineers affect your life? Cell phones? Computers? Cars? Engineers are trained to be problem solvers and critical thinkers, well suited to be innovators and leaders. I'm interested in integrating engineering and other disciplines to develop systematic solutions to societal problems. Right now I'm collaborating with colleagues in medicine and occupational science/therapy to improve health care. But I'm also actively seeking collaborators to improve education, homelessness, and social/criminal justice. You'd be surprised how interrelated these are; and I'm looking forward to working with the CPP community to tackle them! There are a lot of things I'd like to learn! I am passionate about Kaizen, change for better. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was probably to become a computer consultant. I like any time of the day as long as it’s lived well. A habit that I’m glad that I have is that I'm constantly learning new things, but it can also waste time..

Anas Salah Eddin

Anas Salah Eddin

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Call me Anas. My PhD is from Florida International University. My main scholarly and creative interests involve Electrical and Computer Engineering. If I could learn something new it would be learning how to operate a ham radio. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would be to become a software developer. I enjoy all parts of the day.

Zahra Sotoudeh

Zahra Sotoudeh

Aerospace Engineering

Call me Zahra. My Ph.D. is from Georgia Tech. My main scholarly and creative interests include computational structural dynamics, aeroelasticity, and statistical mechanics. If I could learn something new it would be surfing and piloting a plane. I am passionate about learning, teaching, and traveling. My favorite part of the day is late evenings. A habit that I’m glad I have is that I cook most of my meals at home starting from fresh and possibly local ingredients.

Vida Valikian

Vida Valikian

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dina Abdulkarim

Dina Abdulkarim

Urban & Regional Planning

Call me Dina. My PhD is from The Ohio State University and my latest degree is from California Institute of the Arts. My main scholarly interests are urban design, public spaces, and walkability while one of my creative interests is painting. I am passionate about helping students grow and learn while cultivating their confidence and passion along the way and teaching them about the urban environment. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to become an artist and art professor. Early morning is my favorite part of the day. One habit that I’m glad that to have is that I work out regularly --- sun or rain and in wellness and sickness!

Karlyn Griffith

Karlyn Griffith

Art

Call me Karlyn. My PhD is from Florida State University. My main scholarly and creative interests involve medieval art history and medieval books. If I could learn something new it would be GIS. I am passionate about animal rights. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to become a blood donor. My favorite part of the day is dusk. A habit that I’m glad that I have is that I clean up my desk at the end of every day--I think that's a good one.


Corwin Aragon

Corwin Aragon

Philosophy

Call me Cory. My PhD is from University of Colorado Boulder. My main scholarly and creative interests are primarily in social and political philosophy with a special focus on issues of social difference, justice, and responsibility. If I could learn something new I would like to learn how to roast my own coffee. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would be law school with an eye towards nonprofit work. My favorite part of the day is my morning routine.

Kevin Autry

Kevin Autry

Psychology & Sociology

Call me Kevin. My PhD is from University of Arkansas. My main scholarly interests include mental representation.

Maggie Boyraz

Maggie Boyraz

Communication

Call me Maggie Boyraz. My PhD is from Rutgers University. My main scholarly and creative interests include communication in global virtual teams, diversity and innovation, and personal and organizational communication technology use. If I could learn something new it would be painting and horseback riding! I’m passionate about educating people about diversity inclusion, how there is no true productivity, and innovation for society and organizations if all voices are included. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would be to work for an organization helping in HR training and developing teams or a consultant. Perhaps an activist for the refugees! My favorite part of the day is morning-noon, I can have the most done at that time :) A habit I’d like to break is checking my phone constantly.

Jessica Cerezo-Roman

Jessica Cerezo-Roman

Geography & Anthropology

Professor Cerezo-Román specializes in the study of human remains, particularly highly fragmented and cremated remains, mortuary practices, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. She received her PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology subfield) from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include both method and theory in modern populations, and in ancient populations of the Greater American Southwest, Mexico, Northern Europe, North Africa, and China. Her theoretical approaches focus on emerging complex societies, social constructions of identity, personhood, embodiment, memory, and funerary rituals. She was a College Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University from 2014 to 2016. She also held a position as a Forensic Anthropology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, Tucson, Arizona, where she worked with human remains of undocumented migrants, homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths.

Lauren Furey

Lauren Furey

Communication

Call me Lauren. My PhD is from University of Florida. I teach journalism courses, so my main scholarly interests focus on media literacy and effects, specifically how news delivery and content affects attitudes, comprehension, and behavior. If I could learn something new, I would love to become fluent in another language. I am passionate about human rights and the ethical treatment of animals. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to continue being a journalist. My favorite part of the day is breakfast. A habit I love that I have is that I'm really organized, but I wish I could get out of bed faster in the morning.

Alexander Madva

Alexander Madva

Philosophy

Call me Alex. My PhD is from Columbia University. My main scholarly and creative interests include philosophy and psychology. If I could learn something new it might be HTML or website programming such as doing data analysis or running empirical studies on Amazon Mechanical Turk or CPP's website. I am passionate about reducing prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination in all spheres of contemporary life. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to become a lawyer, a high-school teacher, or a rock star. My favorite part of the day is happy hour! A habit that I’d love to break is snacking less at night.

Robert Nyenhuis

Robert Nyenhuis

Political Science

Call me Robert. My PhD is from University of CA- Irvine. My main scholarly and creative interests include elections in Latin America, playing cricket, and the piano. If I could learn something new it would be playing more songs on the piano. I am passionate about animal rights-- specifically the protection of rhinos. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan was to work at a think tank in DC. My favorite part of the day is sunrise. A habit that I’m glad that I have is that I’m good with names and one I’d like to break is going to bed too late.

Gabriele Plickert

Gabriele Plickert

Psychology & Sociology

Call me Gabriele. My PhD in Sociology is from University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. My main scholarly interests are criminology, social psychology, the life course, and quantitative methods while some of my creative interests include philosophy, black-white photography, contemporary arts, long walks/ hikes, and traveling. I am passionate about education needed to develop critical thinking, which facilitates awareness of political, economic, environmental developments. If one wants to make a difference, a good education for all is important. I am passionate about making the community around you a better place. I always wanted to become a professor, but perhaps becoming a teacher in a school would be my backup plan. My favorite parts of the day are mid-day and evenings. A habit that I’m glad that I have is caring/nurturing friendships and a habit I’d love to break is perfectionism!

Isaac Schankler

Isaac Schankler

Music

Call me Isaac. My DMA is from University of Southern California. My main scholarly and creative interests are music composition and music technology. If I could learn something new it would be programming and game design. I am passionate about increasing diversity in the field of music composition. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to become a freelance composer. My favorite part of the day is late night quiet time.

Brian Stone

Brian Stone

English & Foreign Languages

Call me Brian. My PhD is from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My main scholarly and creative interests include history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and philosophy of language. If I could learn something new it would be French. I am passionate about conservation. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would be to cook. My favorite part of the day is sunset (that's when those of us in Texas can safely emerge from our refrigerated dwellings). A habit that I’m glad to have and one that I’d like to break is working too much.


Shohreh Abdolrahimi

Shohreh Abdolrahimi

Physics & Astronomy

Call me Shohreh. My PhD is from University of Alberta. My research mainly focuses on black hole physics. If I could learn something new it would be psychology, cooking and baking, and getting better at swimming. I am passionate about human rights/freedom, financially more affordable education for more people, and the role of women in science. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan would be to try to find a job as a researcher in industry, or I would continue teaching as a lecturer. My favorite part of the day is 5pm to midnight. A habit that I’m glad that I have is going to the gym.

Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati

Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati

Biological Sciences

Call me Andrea. My PhD is from University of Milan, Italy. I am interested in ecological and evolutionary response of wild populations to environmental contamination in addition to photography. If I could learn something new it would include tap dancing, programming, and film-making. I am passionate about conservation of natural populations/endangered species and human rights. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to become a photographer. Evening is my favorite part of the day. A habit that I’m glad that I have is tai chi training.

Jillian Cannons

Jillian Cannons

Mathematics & Statistics

Call me Jillian. My PhD is from University of California, San Diego. My main scholarly and creative interests include optimization and mathematical programming.

Kristen Snyman

Kristen Snyman

Kinesiology & Health Promotion

Call me Dr. Kristen Snyman. My PhD is from The University of Nebraska, Lincoln. My main scholarly and creative interests include Exercise Physiology & Sports Performance. If I could learn something new it would be Comparative Physiology. I am passionate about my research, teaching, and the Green Bay Packers. If being a professor hadn't worked out, my backup plan was to become an industry researcher. My favorite part of the day is the morning- enjoying the quiet calm before the storm. A habit that I'm glad I have is my punctuality and organization.

Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth Foster

Kinesiology & Health Promotion

Call me Beth. I completed my PhD at Texas Woman’s University. I am interested in the motor development of children who are deaf/blind. If I could learn something new it would be skydiving. I am passionate about advocating for people with disabilities. If being a professor hadn’t worked out, my backup plan was to teach adapted physical education in the school districts. Waking up to see what the day brings is my favorite part of the day. A habit that I’m glad that I have is working out.

Briana Foster-Greenwood

Briana Foster-Greenwood

Mathematics & Statistics

Call me Briana. My PhD in Mathematics is from University of North Texas. My main scholarly interests include noncommutative algebra, graph theory, and combinatorics, especially as it relates to symmetry groups generated by reflections. If I could learn something new, I would enjoy learning how to play another musical instrument, maybe the cello. If being a professor hadn't worked out, I would have been interested in a job designing online tools and activities for mathematics classrooms. My favorite part of the day is morning.

Sampath Jayarathna

Sampath Jayarathna

Computer Science

Call me Sam. My PhD is from Texas A&M University. My main scholarly and creative interests involve Human-computer interaction. If being a professor hadn’t work out, my backup plan would be an industry research position. My favorite part of the day is 8-10am.

Faculty Hao Ji

Hao Ji

Computer Science

Call me Hao Ji. My PhD is from Old Dominion University. My main scholarly and creative interests include Performance Scientific Computing and Big Data Analysis. If I could learn something new it would be painting. I am passionate about helping students realize their potential and progress to the next level of education. If being a professor hadn’t worked out, my backup plan was to become a researcher in a research institute. My favorite part of the day is morning. One habit that I’m glad that I have is walking.

Alex John

Alex John

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Call me Alex. My PhD is from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay). My main scholarly and creative interests are synthetic methodology, green chemistry, polymers, and sustainability. If I could learn something new it would be music. I am passionate about the environment. My favorite part of the day is morning.

Kathryn McCulloch

Kathryn McCulloch

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Call me Katie. My PhD is from Cornell University. My scholarly interests center on gaining an understanding of the structural bases for enzyme function. To do this, I use X-ray crystallography to determine the 3-dimensional structures of proteins and propose catalytic mechanisms. If I could learn something new I would like to learn how to play a musical instrument. My favorite part of the day is early morning because it’s quiet and I like watching the day get light.

Robert McCune

Robert McCune

Computer Science/CEMasT

Call me Ryan. My PhD is from the University of Notre Dame. My main scholarly and creative interests include graph processing and developing computer science curriculum in high schools. If I could learn something new it would be how to effectively engage young problem solvers. I am passionate about helping students think independently. My favorite part of the day is the morning.

Juanita Jellyman

Juanita Jellyman

Biological Sciences

My name is Juanita and I am excited to be part of the Biological Sciences Department. I received my PhD in Fetal Physiology from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. My research interests are in fetal physiology and the developmental origins of adult health and disease. I am interested in how adverse conditions during pregnancy permanently alter the physiology of the offspring and affect postnatal growth and metabolism. My long term goal is to identify how conditions during early life increase susceptibility to adult-onset, non-communicable diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.

Ivan Ventura

Ivan Ventura

Mathematics & Statistics

Call me Ivan. My PhD is from UC Berkeley. My studies mainly focus on partial differential equations derived from physics. If I could learn something new I'd like to speak Italian. As a Guatemalan I have always been interested in promoting diversity in STEMS major and particularly mathematics. Specifically, as a post doc at the University of Arizona I had a lot of students of various Latino backgrounds that I was able to motivate by simply being Guatemalan. I hope to continue doing this. If being a professor hadn’t work out, I was prepared to take community college jobs. Other than that I feel like I would have tried to work at Google or a similar company since I have a lot of friends from both undergrad and grad school trying to recruit me. I am unfortunate enough to be both a morning person and a night owl (I like to work until late and always seem to wake up early), so I'd have to say the night. A habit that I wish I could break is getting to a point where I can have fuller nights of sleep.


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Shonn Haren

Shonn Haren

Call me Shonn. My M.L.I.S. (Master of Library and Information Science) is from San Jose State University. My main scholarly and creative interests include data visualization, authentic assessment techniques, and library history. If I could learn something new it would be cartography. I am passionate about student loan debt forgiveness. Becoming a librarian was my backup plan. My favorite part of the day is before lunch. A habit that I’m glad that I have is that I'm an obsessive planner; however, I wish I could stop worrying about the stuff I plan.

Kai Smith

Kai Smith

Call me Kai. My MA is from Pratt Institute. My main scholarly and creative interests include ways to improve diversity in librarianship and the art, culture, and architecture history of the Caribbean. If I could learn something new it would be to become a better leader and learn more about art and cultural history of the Caribbean. I am passionate about growing diversity in librarianship. I didn’t have a backup plan. It was become a librarian or not. But if I wasn’t an academic one I'd have looked to museums or public. My favorite part of the day is morning. A habit that I’m glad that I have is making lists of what I need to accomplish every day and crossing off what I complete.