Mechanical Engineering Faculty
Rikli, Roberta E.
Acting Department Chair
Phone: (657) 278-3014
Dr. Roberta Rikli received her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1972 with specializations in research design and measurement. During her long career at Cal State Fullerton, she has held a number of teaching and administrative positions including Professor of Kinesiology, Chair of the Division of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, and Dean of the College of Health and Human Development. Over the years, Dr. Rikli has overseen the development of several new nationally accredited programs including the Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Doctorate of Education (EdD), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and several other Nursing specializations including the RN pre-licensure program. She also was influential in the development of several centers and institutes on campus, including the Center for Successful Aging, the Employee Wellness Program, the Center for Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention of Obesity, the Sport and Movement Institute, the Gerontolgy Research Institute, and the Health Promotion Research Institute. Dr. Rikli has also been active in proposal-writing, having served as PI or Co-PI on more than $3 million in externally funded projects.
Phone: (657) 278- 4590
Professor Bazar earned his doctorate from N. C. State in 1974. He is a registered professional engineer and has extensive industrial consulting experience. His current teaching areas are machine design, turbomachinery, rocket engineering, and engineering failure analysis.
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’s research focused on the shielding of jet noise by a hybrid wing body aircraft. Currently, his research interests are jet noise, aeroacoustics, experimental fluid mechanics, and unmanned aerial vehicles. His teaching interests are fluid mechanics, applied mathematics, thermal sciences, experimental and numerical methods. Ultimately, Dr. Mayoral aims to rebuild the aerospace program within the Mechanical Engineering Department. Before joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Mayoral worked as a Research and Development Engineer at Sonendo where he worked on the design and development of medical devices for endodontics.
Phone: (657) 278-7019
Dr. Moini received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. His teaching interests are in the areas of mechatronics, intelligent systems, controls, and vibrations. Dr. Moini's current research is focused on mechatronics design and development of automotive systems, adaptive structures, and active vibration damping of large flexible structures. In the past, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Lockheed Martin Corporation for the support of his projects.
Ngo, Chean Chin
Phone: (657) 278-3599
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.
Oh, Sang June
Phone: (657) 278-2458
Dr. Sang June Oh received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2004. His teaching interests are in the areas of control systems, optimization, mechatronics, vibrations 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. Dr. Oh’s previous academic experience includes postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University.
Dr. Joseph Piacenza earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), and completed his MBA at USF in 2008 with a focus on entrepreneurship and management. While working toward the MBA, he founded an automotive-based small business, specializing in the restoration and service of European vehicles. This business was sold in early 2010, and he completed his M.S and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University (2012 and 2014 respectively). Dr. Piacenza’s dissertation explored the robust design of complex infrastructure systems. However, his research interests extend to design theory and methodology, automotive engineering, and design sustainability.
Phone: (657) 278-3875
Dr. Nina Robson has obtained MS 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 MS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis (2001) and a PhD 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) 278-7913
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 PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and 2012 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 2009 and 2012. His doctoral research involved issues on combustion and in particular the autoignition of traditional and alternative jet fuels and jet fuel surrogates. He has also interned at the Combustion Laboratory of General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York where he prepared and conducted tests for gasifier design projects as well as design, test and improve gasifier nozzles. He also set up optics and beam light for image capture, and worked with high-speed camera images of gasifier flows to optimize image quality for data extraction. 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. He teaches primarily thermal-fluids related courses.
Elsaden, Munir Ph.D.
Kreiner, Jesa Ph.D.
Krishnamurthy, Sundaram Ph. D.
Lancey, Timothy Ph.D.
Rizza, James Ph.D.