Faculty Focus: Spring 2020

The College of Engineering & Computer Science welcomes new faculty members and honors the awards and achievements of our faculty.

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New Faculty

The following faculty were welcomed to ECS in Fall 2019:

Jaya Dofe, assistant professor of computer engineering, focuses on addressing security threats in modern hardware design and fabrication.

Jangyoung (Chris) Kim, assistant professor of computer science, researches data-intensive computing, big data analytics, cloud computing and security, and computer network systems.

Shilpa Lakhanpal, assistant professor of computer science, studies data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing.

Huda Munjy, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, focuses on earthquake engineering, loss estimation of buildings, and statistical tools used to assess earthquake-related loss of structures.

Kanika Sood, assistant professor of computer science, works on selecting linear system solvers and using modeling techniques to automate solver selection; highlighting problem-solving practices and applications of computational thinking across disciplines; and applying machine learning techniques to cancer prognosis.

Xenia Wirth, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, examines fundamental soil behavior, such as how changes in the microstructure and chemistry influence the behavior of soil systems. In addition, she focuses on beneficial use and responsible disposal of coal and biomass combustion residuals.

Jin Woo Lee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, focuses on design theory and methodology, product design, medical device design, creativity and innovation, front-end design processes, and engineering education.

Awards & Achievements

A Google Engineering Culture Experience

Paul Salvador Inventado, assistant professor of computer science, was selected for Google’s Faculty in Residence program and spent four weeks last summer at the tech company’s Mountain View headquarters. He participated in hands-on, project-based learning workshops and explored resources to augment course curriculum.

Congrats to an Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Sudarshan Kurwadkar, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Faculty Advisor award from the ASCE Los Angeles Section.

Associate Professor Named Inaugural ECS Dean’s Faculty Fellow

Haowei Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently named inaugural ECS Dean’s Faculty Fellow. He will provide support for operational activities by
assisting in planning, operation, and analysis of Graduation Initiative 2025, as well as academic programs, operations, internships, student projects, accreditation, website content management, and student data.

Headshot photo of cal state fullerton professor Haowei Wang
Haowei Wang | Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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