Cal-Bridge

Committees

Cal-Bridge is run through a collection of committees. Use the navigation below to learn about each committee and who is currently serving on each committee. 


Directors Committee

This committee consists of the Director, Associate Director, and all CSU and UC co-Directors. The committee meets weekly during the academic year. The committee has management responsibility for the program between meetings of the steering committees. A main function of the Directors Committee is to coordinate activities between the various subprograms. On occasion, subprogram Directors will meet separately.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Chair
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, Vice-Chair
CSU Co-Director South P&A, Professor of Physics
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Kevork Abazajian UC Co-Director South P&A
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Irvine
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky CSU Co-Director North P&A
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
San José State University
Dr. Bruce Schumm UC Co-Director North P&A
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Mohammad Husain CSU Co-Director CS
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Matthew Guthaus UC Co-Director CS
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies,
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
UC Santa Cruz

 

Cal-Bridge Steering Committees

Cal-Bridge is run by a collection of steering committees consisting of equal numbers of CSU and UC faculty and at least one community college representative (faculty or staff). There is a single steering committee for the Computer Science/Engineering program and two (North & South) for the Physics & Astronomy program.  The committees are each chaired by a CSU faculty member and co-chaired by a UC faculty member.

The steering committees are responsible for selecting scholars (reading applications, selecting finalists, interviewing finalists, selecting scholars). The steering committees also monitor scholar progress and plan professional development workshops and social events through frequent virtual meetings. As part of monitoring scholar progress, the steering committees have decision making authority on the status of scholars in the program, subject to the policies of the program. 

Physics & Astronomy South Steering Committee

Name Title Campus
Dr. Carol Hood CSU Co-Director, Chair
Professor of Physics
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Kevork Abazajian UC Co-Director, Vice-Chair
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Irvine
Arturo Hernandez Director, MESA Program El Camino College
Dr. Mu-Chun Chen Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. John Barton Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Riverside
Dr. Edward Price Professor of Physics CSU San Marcos
Dr. Sara Callori Assistant Professor of Physics Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Joan-Emma Shea

Professor of Physics and Professor of Chemistry

UC Santa Barbara
Dr. Cristina Cadavid Professor of Physics & Astronomy Cal State Northridge
Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar Professor of Physics & Astronomy Cal State Long Beach
Dr. Alex Fraño Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC San Diego
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona

Physics & Astronomy North Steering Committee  

Name Title Campus
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky CSU Co-Director, Chair
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
San José State University
Dr. Bruce Schumm UC Co-Director, Vice-Chair
Professor of Physics
UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Amy Furniss Associate Professor of Physics Cal State East Bay
Dr. Joseph Barranco Professor of Physics & Astronomy San Francisco State University
Dr. David Wittman Associate Professor of Physics UC Davis
Dr. Jay Sharping Associate Professor of Physics UC Merced
Dr. Ori Ganor Associate Professor of Astronomy UC Berkeley
Dr. Celso Batalha Professor of Physics Evergreen Valley College
Dr. David Williams Professor of Physics UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Alexandra Miller Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy Sonoma State University
Dr. Wing To Assistant Professor of Physics Stanislaus State University
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona

Computer Science Steering Committee

Name Title Campus
Dr. Mohammad Husain Co-Director, Chair,
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Matthew Guthaus Co-Director, Vice-Chair,
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies,
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
UC Santa Cruz
Kathy Kanemoto Professor of Computer Science Merced College
Dr. Younghee Park Associate Professor of Computer Engineering San José State University
Dr. Bin Tang Associate Professor of Computer Science Cal State Dominguez Hills
Dr. Zachary Peterson Associate Professor of Computer Science Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Dr. Melanie Martin Professor of Computer Science Cal State Stanislaus
Dr. Mariam Salloum Assistant Teaching Professor of
Computer Science & Engineering
UC Riverside
Dr. Joshua McCoy Assistant Professor of Computer Science UC Davis
Dr. Chandra Krintz Vice Chair, Computer Science UC Santa Barbara
Dr. Ryan Kastner Professor of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Deigo
Dr. Fadi Muheidat Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Mukesh Singhal Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science and Engineering UC Merced
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, Professor of Physics, ex-officio Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona

 

 

Recruiting and Outreach Committee

The Recruiting and Outreach Committee has responsibility for planning and overseeing recruitment for the Cal-Bridge program, as well as general outreach to to students in the CSU and California Community Colleges as well as to K-12 schools throughout the state. The committee consists of Cal-Bridge scholar alums, and CSU and UC faculty members from all Cal-Bridge programs

Name Title Campus
Diana Blanco Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate, Co-Chair UC Santa Cruz
Mary Usufzy Cal-Bridge Alum, Master's student, Co-Chair CSU Fullerton
Vidya Venkatesan Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate UC Irvine
Dennis Calderon Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate Ohio State University
Rene Padilla Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate UC Santa Cruz
Rob Tejada Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate Princeton University
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky Co-Chair, Co-Director P&A North,
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
San José State
Dr. Melanie Martin Professor of Computer Science Stanislaus State University
Arturo Hernandez Director, MESA Program El Camino College
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, Co-Director South
Professor of Physics, ex-officio
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona

 

Graduate School Committee

The Graduate School Committee is responsible for managing the graduate school preparation process for scholars, including the development of the graduate school essay and NSF GRFP proposal that all Cal-Bridge scholars complete. The committee is comprised of at least six (6) UC faculty from all Cal-Bridge programs.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Jay Sharping Associate Professor of Physics, Chair UC Merced
Dr. Kevork Abazajian UC Co-Director, P&A South, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Vice-Chair UC Irvine
Dr. Bruce Schumm UC Co-Director P&A North, Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Matthew Guthaus UC Co-Director CS, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies,
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Brian Siana Associate Professor of Physics UC Riverside
Dr. David Wittman Associate Professor of Physics UC Davis
Dr. Mu-Chun Chen Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. Mariam Salloum Assistant Teaching Professor of Computer Science and Engineering UC Riverside
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, CSU Co-Director P&A South, Professor of Physics, ex-officio Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky

CSU Co-Director P&A North, Professor of Physics, ex-officio

San José State University
Dr. Mohammad Husain CSU Co-Director CS, Associate Professor of Computer Science, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona

 

Mentorship Committee

The Mentorship Committee has responsibility for planning and overseeing mentor professional developement for the Cal-Bridge program. This charge includes maintaining and updating the Cal-Bridge Mentoring Handbook, as well as evaluating and assisting in the implementation of additional mentor professional development. The committee consists of Cal-Bridge scholar alums, and CSU and UC faculty members.

Name Title Campus
M. Katy Rodriguez Director of Peer Mentorship, Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate, Co-Chair UC Irvine
Dr. Franklin Dollar Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Co-Chair UC Irvine
Justin Bracks Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate University of Pennsylvania
Evan Nuñez Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate Caltech
Rob Tejada Cal-Bridge Alum, PhD candidate Princeton University
Dr. Sara Callori Associate Professor of Physics Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, CSU Co-Director P&A South, Professor of Physics Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona

 

Summer Research Selection Committee

The Summer Research Program Committee is responsible for assessing applications and making recommendations about which applicants to admit into the program. The Summer Research Program committee is comprised of at least five (5) CSU faculty members or community college faculty or staff.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Chair
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood Co-Director, Professor of Physics Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Jean Chiar Professor of Astronomy Diablo Valley College
Dr. Matt Povich Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Alexandra Miller Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy Sonoma State University

 

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council (LC) is comprised of between 12 and 20 members, dividing equally between three groups: UC graduate deans, CSU science deans, and Cal-Bridge faculty leadership. The LC is co-chaired by one UC graduate dean and one CSU science dean. The charge of the Cal-Bridge Leadership Council is to provide advice and support to the program leadership.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Alison Baski Chair, Dean of Science Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. James Bullock Vice-Chair, Dean of Physical Sciences UC Irvine
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Cal-Bridge
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood

Associate Director, Cal-Bridge
Co-Director, Cal-Bridge P&A South
Professor of Physics

Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff Provost Cal State Monterey Bay
Dr. Michael Kaufmann Dean of Science San José State
Dr. Carmen Domingo Dean of Science San Francisco State
Dr. Gillian Hayes Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division UC Irvine
Dr. Susan Ettner Dean, Graduate Division UCLA
Dr. Quentin Williams Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Marjorie Zatz Vice Chancellor, Research UC Merced
Dr. Pablo Reguirin Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs  UC Davis
Dr. Colette Patt Diversity Director, Division of Math and Physical Sciences UC Berkeley
Dr. Gibor Basri Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus 
Founding Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion
UC Berkeley
Dr. Kevork Abazajian Co-Director, Cal-Bridge P&A South
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Irvine
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky Co-Director, Cal-Bridge P&A North
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
San José State University
Dr. Bruce Schumm Co-Director, Cal-Bridge P&A North
Professor of Physics
UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Mohammad Husain

Co-Director, Cal-Bridge CS 
Professor of Computer Science

Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Matt Guthaus Co-Director, Cal-Bridge CS 
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
UC Santa Cruz
Arturo Hernandez Director, MESA program El Camino College

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DUE-1741863