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
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, Vice-Chair
CSU Co-Director South P&A, Professor of Physics
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Tammy Smecker-Hane UC Co-Director South P&A
Associate 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 division and two (North & South) for the Physics & Astronomy division.  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 Co-Director, Chair
Professor of Physics
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Tammy Smecker-Hane Co-Director, Vice-Chair
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Irvine
Arturo Hernandez Director, MESA Program El Camino College
Dr. Kevork Abazajian Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. Brian Siana Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Riverside
Dr. Eric Sandquist Professor of Astronomy San Diego State
Dr. Sara Callori Assistant Professor of Physics Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Omer Blaes Professor of Physics 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. John Barton Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Riverside

Physics & Astronomy North Steering Committee  

Name Title Campus
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky Co-Director, Chair
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
San Jose State University
Dr. Bruce Schumm 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
Dr. David Wittman Associate Professor of Physics UC Davis
Dr. Jay Sharping Associate Professor of Physics UC Merced
Dr. Mariska Kriek Associate Professor of Astronomy UC Berkeley
Dr. Helene Flohic Professor of Physics & Astronomy West Valley College
Dr. David Williams Professor of Physics UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Alexandra Miller Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy Sonoma State
Dr. Wing To Assistant Professor of Physics Cal State Stanislaus

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

 

 

Recruiting and Outreach Committee

The Recruiting Committee has responsibility for planning and overseeing recruitment for the Cal-Bridge program. The committee consists of at least six (6) CSU and UC faculty members and community college faculty or staff across the South and North.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Amy Furniss Chair, Associate Professor of Physics Cal State East Bay
Jen Bjerke Vice Chair, Director of MESA Program San Bernardino Valley College
Dr. Aaron Romanowsky Co-Director North
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
San José State
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, 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 across the South and North.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Brian Siana Chair, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Riverside
Dr. Bruce Schumm Vice-Chair, Co-Director North
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Jay Sharping Associate Professor of Physics UC Merced
Dr. David Wittman Associate Professor of Physics UC Davis
Dr. Kevork Abazajian Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. Mu-Chun Chen Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. David Williams Professor of Physics UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics, ex-officio Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, Co-Director South
Professor of Physics, ex-officio
Cal State San Bernardino

 

Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee has responsibility for planning and overseeing mentor training 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 training. The Mentoring Committee consists of six (6) to twelve (12) CSU and UC faculty members roughly evenly distributed between South and North.

Name Title Campus
Dr. Carol Hood Associate Director, Co-Director South, Chair
Professor of Physics
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Michael Cooper Vice-Chair, Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. Kim Coble Professor of Physics & Astronomy San Francisco State
Dr. Tammy Smecker-Hane Co-Director South
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
UC Irvine
Dr. Matt Povich Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Smadar Naoz Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics UC Los Angeles
Dr. Aaron Barth Professor of Physics & Astronomy UC Irvine
Dr. Eric Sandquist Professor of Astronomy San Diego State
Dr. Sara Callori Assistant Professor of Physics Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Omer Blaes Professor of Physics UC Santa Barbara
Dr. Alex Rudolph Director, Professor of Physics, 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
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood Co-Director, Chair
Professor of Physics
Cal State San Bernardino
Dr. Amy Furniss Associate Professor of Physics Cal State East Bay
Dr. Matt Povich Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Alexandra Miller Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy Sonoma State

 

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 Interim 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. Tammy Smecker-Hane 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
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