Mentor Resources

Faculty Mentors

Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Anwar Alroomi

Dr. Alroomi is a Construction Management Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge. She received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in 2013. Dr. Alroomi’s research interests include knowledge management, learning organization, cost estimating, training, learning models, and engineering knowledge retention and transfer. She has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses at Oklahoma State University and has four years of experience in the construction industry as project scheduler and cost control. She is a member of the Civil Engineering Honor Society (Chi-Epsilon) and the Golden Key International Society.
Office Phone: (818) 677-6975
Email: 
anwar.alroomi@csun.edu
Website: 
https://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/anwar.alroomi

David Boyajian

David Boyajian is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering here at CSUN, with special focus in the areas of structures and engineering mechanics. He is a CSU alum himself, and is excited to have this unique opportunity to closely work with CSU students in helping them realize their full potential as engineering students. In addition to conducting research in AIMS2, he is also working on a state funded research project through Caltrans involving the investigation of corrugated steel pipes (CSPs) — these are the conduits placed underneath highways that divert water from getting onto the road — and trying to mathematically model the expected service life of such structures.
Office Phone:(818) 677-2166
Email: david.boyajian@csun.edu
Website: https://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/david.boyajian

Tadeh Zirakian

Dr. Tadeh Zirakian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management at CSUN. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UCLA by majoring in Structural and Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Zirakian has been lecturing at various institutions and universities including UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA, and LMU. He has authored and co-authored numerous research papers published and presented in prestigious engineering journals and conferences, and currently serves as an Editorial Board Member and reviewer of several engineering journals. Dr. Zirakian is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of California, and has been working as a practicing civil engineer at several engineering companies within and outside of the United States. Dr. Zirakian has been working with a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students on various research projects, the results of which have been published and recognized internationally.
Office Phone: (818) 677-7718
Email: tadeh.zirakian@csun.edu
Website: https://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/tadeh.zirakian

Computer Science

Vahab Pournaghshband

Dr. Vahab Pournaghshband received his PhD in Computer Science at UCLA. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of California, Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before joining CSUN, he, at different times, was at Symantec, Inc., PostPath (which was later acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc), and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Pournaghshband’s research interests are computer security, computer networks, and computer science education. His current research includes end-to-end measurements of network performance for security purposes. Dr. Pournaghshband is the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award from The Engineers’ Council. In the past few years, he has served as technical program and organizing committee member in numerous ACM and IEEE sponsored conferences.
Office Phone: (818) 677-6996
Email: vahab@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/ansr/vahab/index.html

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ali Amini

Dr. Amini has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) since Fall of 2015. He served as the ECE Department Chair (2009-2015). He also served the Department and College of Engineering and Computer Science as the Graduate Coordinator, Undergraduate Coordinator, and Director of Honors Co-op program. He developed ECE455 (mathematical Models in Electrical Engineering), ECE683 (Optimal Control), ECE581 (Fuzzy Control), and Applied Differential Equations in Electrical Engineering (ECE280) courses. Besides many publications, he wrote laboratory manuals for Control System (ECE480L) and Fuzzy Control (ECE581). His six chapter textbook on Advanced Mathematics is presently used in ECE455 at CSUN. Prior to CSUN, Dr. Amini worked as research engineer and instrument engineer. He has worked as consultant for many companies. This includes working as United Nations consultant in Pune-India. He is a member of IEEE, ASEE, Tau-Beta-Pi, and Etta-Kappa-Nu societies. Dr. Amini’s professional interests are in Control Systems and Earthquake Engineering. He received his BS (1974) and MS (1976) in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. He also received his Engineer’s Degree (1977) in Electrical Engineering, MS (1978) in Civil Engineering, and Ph. D. (1982) in Earthquake Engineering from University of Southern California.
Office Phone: (818) 677-2190
Email: ali.amini@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/ali.amini/printout

Bruno Osorno

For the past 30 years Professor Osorno has been the lead faculty member in the Electrical Engineering Power Systems program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He has a BSEE from the National Polythenic Institute in Mexico City, an MSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an ABD at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces New Mexico.
He has an extensive industrial experience as he worked for several consulting firms while obtaining his BSEE. After graduation he worked as a design engineer at Monsanto Corporation in Mexico City, and as a research engineer at the Institute of Electric Research in Mexico City.
Currently his research interests are in electric renewable energy, electric transportation, electric speed drives and engineering education with the angle of sustainability. As the principal investigator, he has secured about $1,000, 000 in research and grants.
Office Phone: (818) 677-3956
Email: bruno@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/bruno.osorno

Ruting Jia

Ruting Jia is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of California State University Northridge (CSUN). She is the recipient of the Best Poster Paper Award of the 3rd IFAC ICONS, 2013. She is the recipient of the 2015 Engineering Council Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award. She is the recipient of the 2016-2017 CSUN CECS Research Fellow. She actively leads and involves undergraduate and graduate students in her ongoing collaboration with local industries. One of the students works under her supervision earns the Graduate Research Paper Award in the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education GSW Annual Conference. She is also very active in encouraging and recruiting female students to major in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Her research interests include but not limited to nonlinear control, optimal control, homogeneous systems theory, renewable energy. In those areas, so far she has published more than 30 papers.
Office Phone: (818) 677-6967
Email: ruting.jia@csun.edu
Website: https://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/ruting.jia/printout

John Valdovinos

Dr. John Valdovnos is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at California State University Northridge (CSUN). He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with an emphasis in Bioinstrumentation, from UCLA in 2014. In addition to his graduate research, Dr. Valdovinos also completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in 2015. Dr. Valdovinos has nine years of experience in the medical device field, with industry experience at Medtronic Diabetes (2008-2009). At CSUN, Dr. Valdovinos has developed a research program concerned with improving the implantability of high power and low power medical devices. This includes designing wireless power systems for pediatric mechanical circulatory support systems, developing magnetoelectric wireless power receivers for low power and deep tissue implants, and creating wireless sensor platforms for neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit. Dr. Valdovinos also serves as the faculty advisor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers CSUN Chapter (SHPE CSUN and serves a faculty mentor for CSUN’s NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER) program. Dr. Valdovinos holds professional membership to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). As part of BMES, he serves on the Diversity Committee.
Office Phone: N/A
Email: john.valdovinos@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/john.valdovinos
Manufacturing Engineering Systems and Management

Behzad Bavarian

Dr. Behzad Bavarian is Mory Ejabat Endowed chair and professor in the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management Department at California State University in Northridge, and Director of W. M Keck Advanced Materials Laboratory, Dr. Bavarian received his PhD. degree in Metallurgical Engineering at The Ohio State University in 1980.
He is the author/co-author of 256 journal and conference papers. He is recipient of the 2012 NACE International, Technical Achievement Award for contribution to corrosion and corrosion engineering and 2008 SFV Engineer’s Council Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award, John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award.
Office Phone: (818) 677-3917
Email: bavarian@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/~bavarian

Bingbing Li

Dr. Bingbing Li is an Assistant Professor in Manufacturing Systems Engineering program. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University (2012). He is the director of Laboratory for Sustainable and Additive Manufacturing (LSAM). He has ten years of experience in the area of Advanced Manufacturing and Environmentally Benign Manufacturing. Dr. Li’s expertise include: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Sustainability Analysis of Nanotechnologies and Nanomanufacturing, Life Cycle Assessment, Manufacturing Energy Efficiency, and Additive Manufacturing (Laser Cladding, Selective Laser Sintering/Melting, Bioprinting). He is member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He also serve as Faculty Mentor of NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER), Faculty Advisor of SME Student Chapter S327, and Faculty Advisor of Chinese Students and Scholars Association at CSUN (CSUN-CSSA).
Office Phone:  818-677-6229
Email: bingbing.li@csun.edu
Website: http://www.ecs.csun.edu/~bingbing/

Jimmy Gandhi

Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge. He teaches classes in Entrepreneurship, Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Systems Engineering and Sustainability, which tie in with his research interests in the fields of quality and risk management, entrepreneurship, sustainability and engineering education.
He has over 50 conference and journal publications and has brought in over $500,000 dollars in external funding to California State University Northridge since Fall 2012. Dr. Gandhi is an active member of The American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) and The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).
Dr. Gandhi has a PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, a M.S. from California State University, Northridge and a B.S. degree from The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He also did post-doctoral research work in the field of sustainability from 2010 through 2011.
Office Phone:  818-677-6157
Email: sj.gandhi@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/sj.gandhi

Mechanical Engineering

Vidya Nandikolla

Dr. Nandikolla is a Mechanical Engineering Professor at California State University, Northridge. She received her Ph.D from Idaho State University. She has teaching experience in the areas of system dynamics, modeling, control theory, mechatronic system analysis and design, and solid mechanics. Her research areas are in optimization techniques, biomedical system modeling, hybrid control theory, design and control of electromechanical systems, and development of devices for biomedical applications. Along with her scientific work, she continues her research in engineering education focusing on project based learning and multidisciplinary integration. She received “new faculty fellow award for outstanding educator and researcher in 2008” from NAE (National Academy of Engineering) CASEE (Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education). In 2009, she received an “honorary materials scientist” award from Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University. She is a member of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) since 2004.
Office Phone: 818-677-7015
Email: vidya.nandikolla@csun.edu
Website: http://www.csun.edu/faculty/profiles/vidya.nandikolla