My area of expertise is hardware security and trust, broadly defined, the outsourcing of integrated circuit: the chips we use in our phone, in our computer, and you know, you cannot imagine your life without the gadgets. So my work is mainly designing and analyzing countermeasures for the integrated circuit in the untrusted foundries. Student engagement is one of the integral parts of my teaching methodology. You don’t want to be a speaker. It needs to be the interactive classes. That is one of the things I learned and I think that works. When I see they are stuck somewhere, you know, I don’t give them the directional solution, that is one of the things, I then walk through the process. I feel like I belong here, you know, it’s kind of inclusive campus. I don’t feel like, you know, I’m just new here. So those are some of the things that led me to decide that I wanted to come to CSUF.
Environmental engineers are integral to protecting people’s health – from the air they breathe to the water they drink. Sudarshan Kurwadkar, professor of civil and environmental engineering, encourages his students to take pride in the fact that their research makes human endeavors possible.
Creating a classroom that promotes student engagement and discussing his research projects that address real-world challenges are strategies that Hakob Avetisyan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, employs to prepare students for the professional world.