Mechanical Engineering Faculty
The faculty section offers an alphabetical listing of faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Ngo, Chean Chin
Department Chair & Associate Professor
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.
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.
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.
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. His current research interests are aeroacoustics, experimental fluid mechanics, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Mayoral is a currently working on developing a relative positioning system for unmanned aerial vehicles using propeller noise and modeling the aeroacoustic diffraction from the momentum wake of an aerial vehicle. Dr. Mayoral aims to develop an aerospace specialization within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is currently restoring the Wind Tunnel Laboratory. Before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Cal State Fullerton in the Fall of 2014, Dr. Mayoral worked as a Research and Development Engineer at Sonendo Inc. developing and testing medical devices for endodontics.
Oh, Sang June
Interim Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
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.
Park, Yong Seok
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 has obtained M.S. degrees in Electronics and Automation Engineering (1994) and in Robotics and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (1996) from the Technical University of Sofia. She also completed a 3rd M.S. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis (2001) and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2008. During 2009-2011, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. She has worked extensively in the areas of Robotics, Geometric Design of Mechanical Linkages and Kinematics of Motion. Dr. Robson's current research interest is on human motion planning with reduced mobility with the goal of developing novel technologies to facilitate the recovery of patients with neurological disorders. She has more than thirty papers published in peer reviewed national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Robson is a recipient of the 2012 NSF NRI collaborative grant "A Design Methodology for Multi-Fingered Robotic Hands with Second Order Kinematic Constraints.”
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.
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.
Tran, Justin (spring 2019)
Phone: (657) 278-5745
Dr. Justin Tran will join the Mechanical Engineering faculty in 2019. He 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 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.
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
Phone: (657) 278- 4590
Area of Expertise: Machine design, Turbomachinery, Rocket engineering, and Engineering failure analysis
Phone: (657) 278-7019
Area of Expertise: Mechatronics, Intelligent systems, Controls, and Vibrations
Information Technology Consultant
Phone: (657) 278-3966
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone: (657) 278-3014