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Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros

Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros, professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and CPP Alumna, Dr. Cordelia Ontiveros is dedicated to the educational mission of the CSU and to providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to be successful.




Dr Sotoudeh

Dr. Zahra Sotoudeh is a new faculty member in the Aerospace Engineering Department. She is originally from Iran, where she completed both her B.S. and M.S. degrees. For her master’s degree, she wrote two books about airplane structural analysis and aeroelasticity. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Soon after completing her Ph.D. she continued her postdoctoral work at Virginia Tech and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Sotoudeh says she likes seeing the diversity on campus and in her classes.




Dr. Laila Jallo 5

Dr. Laila J. Jallo, Professor for the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. She received her PhD from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. One of her accomplishments includes the publication of a paper entitled Adhesion of Dry Nanocoated 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. Winny Dong

Dr. Winny Dong
Program Director for Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Director for Projects and Research, and 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. Seema Shah-Fairbank

Dr. Seema C. Shah-Fairbank received her PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University (2009) and is assistant Civil Engineering professor and RBF fellow. Dr. Fairbank teaches courses in hydrology, hydraulics, and environmental engineering. She is also advisor for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and plans to work within our communities to develop solutions in river erosion and sedimentation.

Dr. Lourdes Abellera

Dr. Lourdes V. Abellera received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005. Currently, she is an assistant professor for Geospatial Engineering. Her focus is mainly on the application of geospatial technologies including geographic information systems, remote sensing, and geospatial crowdsourcing, along with machine learning techniques for sustainability.

Dr. Monica Palomo 4

Dr. Monica Palomo is an assistant professor for the Civil Engineering Department. Dr. Palomo has completed 2 Post- Docs, a PhD and an MS in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University and BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Most recently she was honored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and she received the Northrup Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Palomo is also working alongside Dr. Ontiveros on outreach efforts made possible by the Kellogg Legacy Grant.

Dr. Rosa Vasconez

Dr. Rosa Vasconez, assistant professor of civil engineering, received her PhD and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a registered professional engineer and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. She holds extensive industry experience in structural engineering and blast engineering in high profile projects for private, federal, and state buildings and bridges.

Dr. Lisa Yunxia Wang

Dr. Lisa Yunxia Wang, civil engineering professor, chair for the department of Graduate Studies Committee, and director of the Structural Analysis Laboratory. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Wang research interests include linear and nonlinear structural analysis, seismic analysis and design of liquid storage structures.

Dr. Ghada M. Gad

Dr. Ghada Gad received her PhD from Iowa State University, and both her MS and BS from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, all in Construction Engineering. She is a newly added construction professor for the Civil Engineering department. In the past she has worked as Contract Administrator in a power plant in Egypt and project coordinator for a subcontractor on the Cairo International Airport Terminal 3 Project. Her main interest lies in construction management, especially in the effects of human factors on construction projects, alternative project delivery methods, and risk management.




Dr. Norali Pernalete 4

Dr. Norali Pernalete, professor in ECE, engages in team-based learning and innovative research in rehabilitation robotics. 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 took part in the creation of the Robotic Haptic System that these children use.

Dr. Phyllis Nelson

Dr. Phyllis R. Nelson received her Ph.D. from UCLA, MS from California Institute of Technology, and BS from Cal Poly Pomona, all in Electrical Engineering. Currently she is an Electrical Engineering full professor, Department Chair, and Head Advisor for the campus's Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society student chapter. She is co-director of the Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Materials Design. She has extensive industry experience.

Dr. Brita Olson

Dr. Brita Olson, professor, received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. During her professional development, Dr. Olson had the opportunity to work with companies including W.L. Gore, Micron, JPL, and even cofounded her own company that produces CMOS image sensor technology still used today. Dr. Olson attributes her success to her parents push towards creativity which influenced her way of problem solving today.

Dr. Ha Thu Le

Dr. Ha Thu Le earned her ME from the University of Queensland (Australia), and both her MS & PhD from University of Texas at Austin all in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is an electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, Chair of ECE Scholarship Committee, Member of CPP Senate Standing committees, and advisor for the Power and Energy Society student club. Previously, she has worked as a Project and Technical Executive with EAN Vietnam for 7 years. Her interests include wind and solar power, smart grid, power system stability, energy conservation, optimization, power quality, and grid protection.

Dr. Halima El-Naga

Dr. Halima El-Naga
Electrical and Computer Engineering professor
Grad Program Coordinator.

Dr. Jenny Zhen Yu

Dr. Jenny Zhen Yu, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has expertise in the area of nanotechnology electronic devices featuring wireless communication; low cost and robust manufacturing processes integrated with standard CMOS process and nanoscale imaging technology. She has been actively involved in research and authored scientific articles and her research work has resulted in several patents and industry and government grants. She has supervised the undergraduate students in the senior project research and also devoted to promote female students in the electrical and computer engineering discipline.

Dr. Menglai Yin

Dr. Menglai Yin
Professor for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.




Dr. Jessica Perez

Dr. Jessica Perez earned her bachelor's degree in Geology from Cal Poly Pomona, then earned her Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and her PhD in Engineering Education from Claremont Graduate University in the spring of 2017. Dr. Perez specializes in Qualitative research to understand how people see engineering, and was part of Education Partnership Program at UC Irvine. Dr. Perez is passionate about empowering female Engineering students and helping underrepresented students succeed in their studies.

Dr. Saeideh Fallah-Fini

Dr. Farhana Abedin is a new faculty member in the Electromechanical Engineering Technology Department. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and pursued her graduate programs in Kansas. Dr. Abedin completed her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University and then continued on to receive her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with an emphasis in Materials Engineering, from the University of Kanas. Dr. Abedin believes that STEM outreach to K-12 females is important because it will bring confidence needed for young females to pursue engineering.




Dr. Fallah-Fini

Dr. Saeideh Fallah-Fini completed her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010. 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. Dr. Fallah-Fini teaches primarily in the areas of systems engineering, operations research, quality, and statistics.

Dr. Dika

Dr. Dika Handayani has a B.S. in manufacturing engineering from CPP, and interned for Spokane Industries and Applied Process. She came back to Cal Poly Pomona, after getting her MS and Ph.D from Penn State and has been teaching IME 2241: Industrial and Manufacturing Fundamentals and IME 4150:Statistical Quality Control this semester.

Dr. Mirzaei

Dr. Shokoufeh Mirzaei, assistant professor, received her PhD in Industrial and System Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansa and her BS & MS 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.

Dr. Wagner

Dr. Nicole Wagner is a new faculty member in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. Dr. Wagner received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from SUNY at Stony Brook, after which she went on to study Mechanical Engineering and received both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. During her graduate studies, Dr. Wagner conducted research on wear-resistant, nano-structured ceramic films. After graduation, Dr. Wagner took the opportunity to work at Intel Corporation as a process engineer and 3M Company as a research engineer. Dr. Wagner understands the importance of having confidence in one’s technical ideas when working as a women in STEM, in both industry and academia.




Dr. Angela Shih

Dr. Angela Shih, Department Chair for Mechanical Engineering and professor of Mechanical Engineering, engages students’ attention in the classroom by utilizing Legos to introduce concepts of engineering design coinciding with the college’s ‘learn by doing’ moto.

Dr. Pricilla Zhao

Dr. Yitong “Pricilla” Zhao, assistant professor for the mechanical engineering department, earned her BS from Tsinghua University, China and both her MS and PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Zhao specialty lies in biofuel, renewable energy, micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS), microfluidics, and optimization.

Dr. Maryam Shafahi

Dr. Maryam Shafahi is an assistant professor for the Mechanical Engineering Department. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Sahand University of Technology, Iran, her M.S. from Sistan & Baluchestan University, Iran, and her PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Shafahi's areas of specialty include transport in porous media, bio-heat, aquaponics, sustainable energy, and drug deliver.

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