Mechanical Engineering Faculty

The faculty section offers an alphabetical listing of faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Dr. Chean Chin Ngo Ngo, Chean Chin
Department Chair & Associate Professor 
Room: E-100E 
Phone: (657) 278-3014

Dr. Chean Chin Ngo received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. His teaching interests are in the areas of thermal-fluid sciences, alternative energy and numerical modeling. Dr. Ngo’s current research interest focuses on transport phenomena in porous media, heat and mass transfer enhancement using electric field and multimedia technology in engineering education & K-12 STEM education. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Ngo was a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Dakota from 2008-2010 and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oklahoma in 2007.


Assistant Professor Darren BanksBanks, Darren
Assistant Professor
Room: E-313
Phone: (657) 278-7276

Dr. Darren Banks earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Riverside in 2010 and 2015, respectively. His teaching interests are in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. His research is in phase-change cooling and optical cavitation applications. Dr. Banks served as a postdoctoral researcher investigating experimental techniques to characterize thermally-induced cavitation prior to coming to Fullerton.


Dr. Sagil James James, Sagil
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-409 
Phone: (657) 278-3337 

Dr. James received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. His teaching interests are in the areas of Manufacturing Processes, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and Mechanics of Materials. His primary research areas are Advanced Manufacturing, Nanomanufacturing, Metrology, Process Modeling and Simulation. His doctoral research focused on the development of an innovative nanomachining process - Vibration Assisted Nano Impact-machining by Loose Abrasives (VANILA). He has also worked as a product engineer at Larsen and Toubro Limited in Mumbai, India.


Dr. Mayoral Salvador Mayoral, Salvador
Assistant Professor
Room: E-414
Phone: (657) 278-2198

Dr. Salvador Mayoral received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. As a graduate student, Dr. Mayoral worked on the shielding of jet noise by a hybrid wing body aircraft. In 2014, Dr. Mayoral joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Fullerton where he currently serves as an Assistant Professor. As the PI of the Wind Tunnel Laboratory, his research interests span the areas of aeroacoustics and ground effect aerodynamics. Currently, Dr. Mayoral is investigating the vortex dynamics of underbody diffuser flows in ground-effect, the diffraction of aeroacoustic noise sources from a momentum wake, and has recently expanded his interests into the hydrodynamics of marine life. Moreover, Dr. Mayoral is a CoPI of the NSF funded “Advancing Student Success by Utilizing Relevant Social-cultural and Academic Experiences for Undergraduate Engineering, Computer Science Students” (ASSURE-US) Project. Before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Mayoral worked as a Research and Development Engineer at Sonendo Inc. developing and testing medical devices for endodontics.

Sang June Oh Oh, Sang June
Associate Professor
Interim Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Room: CS-503 
Phone: (657) 278-7161 

Dr. Sang June Oh received his BS, MS, and PhD (2004) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, all from Columbia University.  His teaching interests are in the areas of control systems, vibrations, mechatronics, optimization, and applied mathematics.  Dr. Oh’s current research focuses on control applications in biomedical engineering, assistive technology, and iterative learning and repetitive control design for aerospace applications.  His previous academic experience includes postdoctoral research in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University, respectively.


Assistant Professor Yong Seok ParkPark, Yong Seok
Assistant Professor
Room: E-315
Phone: (657) 278-5745

Dr. Yong Seok Park received his B.S. and M.S. degree from Sogang University in Korea. Dr. Park also obtained a M.S. degree at George Washington University and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Park's current research interest is in teaming science, design cognition, engineering design education, and STEM education research. Prior to joining California State Fullerton, Dr. Park was a postdoctoral research associate at Arizona State University.

Dr. Nina Robson Robson, Nina
Associate Professor 
Room: E-406 
Phone: (657) 278-3723 

Dr. Robson obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2008. Prior to joining California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2012, she was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University (2009-2011).  

Dr. Robson is the director of the Human Interactive Robotics (HIR) lab at CSUF. Her research is in the areas of Kinematics, Mechanism Design and Robotics/Bio-robotics. She is a member of the organizing committee of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018), as well as an elected general member of the International Federation for Promotion of Mechanisms and Machine Science (IFToMM) Computational Kinematics Technical Committee and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Mechanisms and Robotics Technical Committee.

Honors and awards received by Dr. Robson include Women in Robotics Ambassador (International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems) in 2014, Outstanding Engineering Educator (Orange County Engineering Council) in 2015, and the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) in 2018.


Dr. John Sanders Sanders, John
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-318
Phone: (657) 278-7015

Dr. John Sanders joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty in 2017.  He earned his B.S. in Engineering Physics and Mathematics from Saint Louis University in 2011, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and 2017, respectively.  The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the modeling and simulation of creep rupture in high-temperature alloys.  His teaching interests include dynamics, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, applied mathematics, numerical methods, and programming.  Currently, his research focuses on simulating mechanical failure in high-temperature components, with applications to clean energy technologies.


Dr. Siheng Su Su, Siheng
Assistant Professor 
Room: E-201A
Phone: (657) 278-2654

Dr. Siheng Su earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 2016. Her teaching interests are in the area of kinematics of mechanisms, mechanics of materials, and finite element methods. Her research interests focus on multifunctional nanomaterial development, biomolecule-nanomaterial interaction and 3D printing of artificial tissues and organs. Her doctoral research focused on the development of functional nanomaterials for brain cancer therapy. Dr. Su was an instructor at Texas Tech University.

Assistant Professor Justin TranTran, Justin
Assistant Professor
Room: CS-526
Phone: (657) 278-8948

Dr. Justin Tran received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA in 2013, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCSD in 2015, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2018. His teaching interests include fluid mechanics, numerical methods, biomechanics, and finite element methods. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the verification, validation, and improvement of computational fluid dynamics tools for studying coronary artery disease. Currently, his research interests focus on the development and application of computational tools for studying cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Haowei Wang Wang, Haowei
Associate Professor
Room: E-415
Phone: (657) 278-7913
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Dr. Haowei Wang received his B.Eng degree in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering from Southeast University in Nanjing China in 2008. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 2009 and 2012. His doctoral research was on combustion and in particular the autoignition of traditional and alternative jet fuels and jet fuel surrogates. He is the author of several publications and presentations in the field of combustion. Currently his research is focused on the combustion of traditional and alternative fuels and heat exchangers. He teaches primarily thermal-fluids related courses. 

Dr. Hope Weiss Weiss, Hope
Assistant Professor
Room: E-413
Phone: (657) 278-2816

Dr. Hope Weiss earned her BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University (2006), and her MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2008, 2012 respectively). Dr. Weiss' doctoral work investigated mechanical damage from a cavitation microbubble, in and near a blood clot, under high intensity focused ultrasound for application to stroke patients. Her current research interests are focused in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and chaos, with application to environmental and biomedical systems. Dr. Weiss’ teaching interests are in the areas of (but not limited to) system dynamics and vibrations, controls, fluid mechanics, numerical methods, applied mathematics, and programming. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Weiss was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2012-2015.

Faculty Early Retirement Program

Dr. Andy Bazar Bazar, Andy 
Professor Emeritus
Room: E-308 
Phone: (657) 278- 4590
Area of Expertise: Machine design, Turbomachinery, Rocket engineering, and Engineering failure analysis




Dr. Hossein Moini Moini, Hossein 
Professor Emeritus
Room: E-316 
Phone: (657) 278-7019 
Area of Expertise: Mechatronics, Intelligent systems, Controls, and Vibrations



Professor Emeriti

  • Elsaden, Munir Ph.D.


  • Kreiner, Jesa Ph.D.


  • Krishnamurthy, Sundaram Ph. D.


  • Lancey, Timothy Ph.D.




Mabale, Nathin
Administrative Support Coordinator
Room: E-100
Phone: (657) 278-4267

Nguyen, Thao thao nguyen
Information Technology Consultant
Room: E-13C
Phone: (657) 278-3966

Ray, Donald
Laboratory Technician
Room: E-014B
Phone: (657) 278-5475

Sanchez, Charlotte
Administrative Support Coordinator II
Room: E-100D
Phone: (657) 278-7775