Program Coordinator & Professor
Computer Engineering Program
Pone: (657) 278-2640
Dr. Kiran George joined Cal State Fullerton in Fall 2007 as an assistant professor. Now, a professor and coordinator in the Computer Engineering program (CpE), Dr. George exemplifies the central mission of the University and the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). His dynamic teaching style, energy for subject matter, commitment to ensure student success and learning, all align with the university and ECS values. Dr. George brings several years of research and teaching in engineering disciplines, deep knowledge and a keen understanding of the local high tech industry, and is committed to recruit more women and minorities to ECS.
Dr. George is the author or co-author of over 95 referred papers in top-tier journals and conferences and has received several awards for scholarly activities including the prestigious 2012 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. At CSUF, he received several intramural grants for pedagogical and scholarly activities, has been recognized for outstanding record in Service (2012), Sponsoring Student Research (2011) and Scholarly & Creative Activity (2010), and was awarded the highest university honor for scholarship, L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award, in 2017. In 2020, Dr. George was recognized as the Outstanding Professor for his outstanding teaching, distinction in scholarship and creative activities, and contributions to the university and California State University system. Dr. George is the primary investigator (PI) or co-PI of several research projects, with external funding of over $2.9 M from National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Army Research Labs, California Energy Commission (CEC), SoCal Gas Company, private and public foundations, and the local industry that bring prestige along with visibility to CSUF.
Students on Projects: Since his appointment in 2007, Dr. George has supervised over 200 undergraduates and graduates on multidisciplinary research projects. Dr. George has coauthored 68 research papers with students, out of which 46 had undergraduates as first authors; students have presented their work at prestigious IEEE conferences and CSU Biotechnology Symposiums including exhibits at conferences. He has guided 375 students on their design projects as the faculty advisor for EGCP 470 & 471 sequence in CpE since his appointment in 2007; all projects are multidisciplinary ranging from brain-controlled robotic arm to automated cloth folding machine!!!
Over the years, Dr. George has hosted over 35 junior college students through partnerships with various local community colleges including Cypress College, Fullerton College, and Cerritos College as part of the summer research experience in his sponsored research projects supported by NSF (BRIGE #1032470; CAREER #1150507; I-Corps #1414545) and US Army Research Lab (Grant No. 1012270). Dr. George regularly hosts several students from local high schools including Valencia (Val Tech program), Troy and Sunny Hills in his lab where they work alongside his research assistants on multidisciplinary projects.
Dr. George was the Program Director for the Academic Catalyst for Excellence (ACE) program [NSF #966068], a $600,000 NSF funded program at CSUF that targets academically promising but economically disadvantaged students with emphasis on first-generation college students and underrepresented students. The scholarships served as a catalyst that allowed students to focus diligently on their academics; this coupled with the ACE support services such as priority registration, one-on-one peer mentoring/tutoring, lunch speaker series, professional development workshops, and academic internships and job fairs, translated into improved academic success, increased student retention, and reduced time-to-degree. The NSF ACE program, which leveraged well-established college networks and University student services, awarded scholarships to 62 students in ECS over a period of 12 semesters. 94% of the ACE scholars met the target time-to-degree of five years, 87% of the ACE scholars in sophomore year continued in ECS majors, and ACE scholars in all departments had higher average GPAs compared to average GPA in their respective departments.
Bio Electric Signals Based Systems Laboratory
- Founding principle of the lab is to design and develop affordable, and user-friendly assistive technology (AT) devices that require minimal training to operate.
- AT devices designed in the lab utilizes bio-electric signals such as mental thoughts (EEG signals), facial expressions (EMG Signals), eye movements (EOG Signals), etc.
- Lab collaborates with various non-profit organizations including ALS Organization (OC Chapter) on AT projects.
Details of Projects