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Bita Astaneh Asl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Office: SF 531
Phone Number: 510.885.2948
Dr. Bita Astaneh Asl joined California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) in the Fall of 2021. She graduated with Ph.D. and MSc degrees in civil engineering with an emphasis on construction, energy, and sustainable infrastructure engineering from the University of Washington (UW). She also has an MSc degree in geotechnical engineering from the K. N. Toosi University of Technology, where she completed her BS studies in civil engineering. Prior to joining CSUEB, Dr. Astaneh Asl was a Lecturer at UW and had a combination of eight years of research experience in construction and geotechnical engineering. She has conducted research studies on the applications of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Extended Reality (XR) in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, as well as foundation and earthquake engineering. She has worked in research projects funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Sound Transit, CSUEB CSR SSDE, CSUEB RSCA, UW Innovation Research Award, and UW Green Seeds Fund, as well as unfunded projects in collaboration with AEC industry partners. Dr. Astaneh Asl has instructed various undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses since 2014. She has gained industrial experience as a Project Engineer at W. G. Clark Construction, a Construction Claim Analyst at McMillen Jacobs Associates, and a COBie Specialist at UW Capital Projects Office.
David Bowen, Ph.D., Professor
Office: VBT 227
Phone Number: 510.885.4483
Roger Doering, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Office: SF 534 or SC N237
Phone Number: 510.885.4192
Cristian Gaedicke, Ph.D. P.E., Professor
Office: SF 514
Phone Number: 510.885.2208
Dr. Cristian Gaedicke earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas since 2011. His research interests are sustainable construction materials, infrastructure, construction engineering, and engineering education. Dr. Gaedicke has extensive background in sustainable construction materials, airfield pavements, and transportation infrastructure. He has worked on federally and state funded research by various agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago O’Hare Airport Modernization Plan, and Texas Department of Transportation. Dr. Gaedicke is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Farnaz Ganjeizadeh, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair
Office: VBT 225
Phone Number: 510.885.3535
Farnaz Ganjeizadeh completed her Ph.D., in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She earned her M.S. in Engineering Administration and B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University. Her research interests are in the areas the application of simulation output analysis and manufacturing processes improvement. Prior to joining CSUH Dr. Ganjeizadeh served as a part time faculty in San Jose State University, where she designed and taught a graduate course in Engineering Analysis. Additionally, she has taught several courses in Industrial Engineering and was a major contributor in several government funded research projects with NASA/MSFC, GenCorp Aerojet, Chrysler and NSF at the university of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Ganjeizadeh has an extensive background in Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Industry. She served as a member of technical staff and manufacturing engineering manager in Applied Materials. Her experience includes designing an inductive model deployed for conducting multi-criteria decision-making and cost analysis at system level. Additionally, Dr. Ganjeizadeh's specialties are in the areas of strategic planning, new product introduction, simulation output analysis and applied operations research, quality assurance and product cost management. Dr. Ganjeizadeh's teaching interests are in the areas of simulation output analysis, quality and cost management, electronics manufacturing and applied operations research.
Saeid Motavalli, Ph.D. P.E., Professor
Office: SF 516
Phone Number: 510.885.2654
Dr. Saeid Motavalli has extensive industrial and academic experience. Before joining NIU he served as a senior engineer in Biomechanics Corporation of America; an assistant professor at Wichita State University, and an associate professor at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Motavalli's area of research is manufacturing systems. In particular, he is interested in problems related to process flow analysis, facilities planning, workplace design/ergonomics, and manufacturing measurement. He has worked on federally funded research by various federal agencies such as NSF and FAA. He has also received funding from industrial sources such as Caterpillar, Motorola, NICOR Gas, Cessna Aircraft, and several smaller manufacturing companies. The projects involved process flow analysis, production planning and control, facilities planning, CAD modeling, and ergonomics. His teaching interest is in the areas of, computer-aided manufacturing, production planning and control, facilities planning, and manufacturing measurement.
Roya Nasimi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Office: SF 525
Phone Number: 510.885.4125
Dr. Nasimi joined CSUEB as an assistant professor of civil engineering in the Fall of 2023. Prior to this role, she was a postdoc at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she served as a lecturer and conducted research during this appointment. She completed her Ph.D. with distinction in structural engineering at the University of New Mexico. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in structural engineering and civil engineering from The University of Tabriz. Her unique combination of knowledge in structural engineering, experience in interdisciplinary research, and teaching expertise informs her efforts to leverage cutting-edge technology for sustainable, intelligent infrastructure systems. This work contributes to a stronger economy and a more equitable community. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, structural health monitoring; computer vision; artificial intelligence; and machine learning for monitoring and assessing aging infrastructure. Through her research efforts, Dr. Nasimi collaborated with researchers from different disciplines to design, develop, and leverage both low-cost and high-end systems and sensors ranging from lasers to visual and contact sensors to monitor infrastructures, specifically bridges. She has led in and conducted numerous full-scale bridge experiments to measure the response and changes in bridges before and after imposed damages. She has worked on interdisciplinary and collaborative research in Nebraska, funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, focused on various aspects of operational management and technology development, including response measurement, damage detection, and creating data pipelines to enhance infrastructure safety. In the past, she has worked on research projects supported by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), The Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET), and the New Mexico Consortium. Dr. Nasimi is serving as a committee member for two standing committees at TRB.
Farzad Shahbodaghlou, Ph.D., Professor
Office: VBT 224
Phone Number: 510.885.2781
Professor Farzad Shahbodaghlou has over 25 years of experience as an academician, practitioner and consultant in the construction industry. He holds masters and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is the founding director of the Construction Management Program at California State University East Bay. He is also the president of PIC (Process Improvement Consulting), offering the industry consulting services. His area of specialty is process improvement in the field of construction. Prior to CSUEB, he was a tenured associate professor at Bradley University, where he received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1996 from the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction. Following his tenure at Bradley, he moved to the industry and was with DPR construction, Inc. until 2002. After six years of full time consulting and part time instruction at San Jose State University, he arrived at CSUEB’s School of Engineering to start the Construction Management Program. He considers growing the construction management program from 6 students in 2009 to over two hundred students in 2015 his greatest accomplishment to date.
Alex Sumarsono, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office: SF 515
Alex Sumarsono received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has taught various engineering and computer science courses at Azusa Pacific University and Santa Clara University. Dr. Sumarsono has more than 30 years of industry experience as Senior Manager and Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems and other technology companies. He was one of the leaders in research and development organizations. He has led geographically dispersed global teams to develop products employing cutting-edge technologies for multi-billion dollar telecommunication and networking market. Dr. Sumarsono’s specialization is machine learning and computational intelligence with applications in hyperspectral image processing and analysis, and in computer networking involving network security and traffic management.
James Tandon, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office: SF 532 or SC N237
Phone Number: 510.885.4792
James Tandon joined CSU East Bay in Fall of 2015. He has industrial experience in VLSI architecture design, VLSI CAD software design, embedded systems design, and user interface design at Microsemi SoC, Intuitive Surgical, and Mentor Graphics. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tokyo. His research interests today include stochastic data converter design techniques for time-to-digital and analog-to-digital converters, timing algorithms for interconnection networks, and power optimization methods of multicore multiprocessor architectures. He has been involved in the design of several custom integrated circuits. A sample of these includes a stochastic, equivalent-time sampling analog-to-digital converter for SERDES signal analysis, a stochastic time-to-digital converter with tunable resolution and down to 183fs resolution, and a prototype processor for a power optimizing multicore, multiprocessor platform. He has implemented several computer-aided design algorithms for the analysis of VLSI systems as well.
Helen Y. Zong, Ph.D. P.E., Professor
Office: VBT 226
Phone Number: 510.885.4482
Dr. Zong has many years of experience in higher education and manufacturing industries. Before joining CSUH, Dr. Zong had served as an associate professor at St. Cloud State University, an assistant professor at Jianghan Petroleum Institute and a mechanical engineer in China. During her professional career, Dr. Zong has worked on many research and consulting projects with industries, such as UPS, Fingerhut, Caterpillar, KOMO Machines, Blow Molded Specialist, etc. Dr. Zong's professional specialties include manufacturing processes and improvements, manufacturing system simulations, facilities planning and designs, material handling system design, quality assurance and design of experiments, production planning and control systems, production sequence and scheduling, expert system development, computer-integrated manufacturing, and operations research. Dr. Zong's teaching interests are in the areas of manufacturing system simulations, production planning and control, facilities planning and designs, quality assurance, and engineering economy.