IT Senior Leadership Team
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Amir Dabirian became the Vice President for the Division of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for California State University, Fullerton in December 2008. At Cal State Fullerton, Amir oversees all enterprise services of IT in support of the University’s mission and strategic plan. Amir has 30 years of experience in the field of information technology and is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services (ITS) for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor.
Amir’s vision of technological innovation has transformed the university into a model 21st-Century learning environment that is secure and sustainable. Under his leadership the Division of Information Technology has empowered our students to become digital citizens and to utilize immersive technology in curricular and co-curricular instruction. Using innovations such as enhanced active learning environments, strategic partnerships, and utilization of open source and cloud-based software has led to a leaner and more efficient infrastructure environment. Amir has taught numerous courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Accounting, Computer Science and Extended Educations departments. He also speaks publicly on information technology at conferences and events such as AACU and EDUCAUSE.
Amir earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering from California State University, Fullerton. He also earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in systems and computer engineering from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Science degree in computer science from University of California, Riverside. Currently, Amir is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Marketing from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Chief of Operations for the Division of IT & Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology
Robin Crew joined the campus in November 2010 as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology following six years of service at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. Robin currently serves as the liaison for the VPIT and she provides oversight for the office operations and human resources. Robin received an A.A in Liberal Studies from Long Beach City College and is completing her studies in Sociology.
Associate Vice President for Information Technology/Infrastructure Services
Berhanu Tadesse joined the campus in August 2011 and he is currently the Associate Vice President for Information Technology/Infrastructure Services. His education includes a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MS in Information Technology from CSU Fullerton. In addition, he is a member of the CIO Executive Council Pathway Leadership development program and holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications. At CSU Fullerton his responsibilities include project management and infrastructure applications, as well as ensuring the success of the University Data Center, Server Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Network Infrastructure teams, and Digital Print Services. Through collaborative efforts with different campus constituents, Berhanu has led the telephone systems upgrade, the institution of Digital Print Services in the library, the Data Center power and cooling upgrade, server and storage infrastructure upgrades, campus wired and wireless network infrastructure upgrade, the consolidation of servers into the campus Data Center, and the disaster recovery site setup for critical IT services at CSU Sacramento. These initiatives have resulted in improved availability of the mission critical services to the campus community. Prior to joining CSU Fullerton, Berhanu served as the Director of Infrastructure Services at the CSU Chancellor's Office. He came to the CSU after several years of technical management and leadership roles in private industry.
Interim Assistant Vice President for Information Technology
Welson Badal is the Interim Assistant Vice President for Information Technology.
Welson has more than 30 years of CSU experience, working at both Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Over the years, he has collaborated with department heads in assessing operation needs to find new technology solutions to streamline functions, improve employee efficiencies, and increase customer service to the campus community. Some of the projects and specialized systems include: Facilities Link, Energy Enterprise Management System, Parking Management System, Parking Counter System and App, Campus Security Cameras, License Plate Recognition (LPR), Records Integrated Management System (RIMS), Common Finance System (CFS), and the Classification Compensation Action Request System (CCAR).
Assistant Vice President for Information Technology/Academic Technology Services
Willie Peng is the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology/Academic Technology Services. Prior to his appointment, Willie served as Assistant Director, Infrastructure Services. In this role, he demonstrated his expertise in leadership, collaborating with various campus constituents, engineering, designing and supporting networks and systems.
In addition, Willie has played an integral part in providing strategic direction to senior leadership in technology and leading innovative projects to improve IT operations.Some of the projects Willie has worked on include the campus wide virtual infrastructure, the implementation of the first campus wide network security, the campus wide wireless upgrade, and most recently, the implementation of the Modular Data Center.
Willie holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Software Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. Since joining the campus community in 1995, Willie has had many different roles including Senior Network Analyst and Infrastructure Services Lead. In addition, he has intermittently taught various computer science courses at Cal State Fullerton, including Unix Operating Systems, Foundations of Software Engineering and Computer Communications.
Project Management Officer
Dhusdee Chandswang joined the campus in January 2015 as the IT Project Management Officer. Dhusdee began her career as a developer and database administrator. She currently oversees project implementations for the Division of Information Technology as well as Marketing and Communications. She has a Master of Science in Computer Science from Cal State Fullerton, with certifications in Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Senior Director, Enterprise Applications
Joe Luzzi is the Senior Director for Enterprise Applications and has over 24 years of experience in CSU Fullerton’s Information Technology division. He has diverse skills, experience, and knowledge of most software applications past and present at CSU Fullerton. His knowledge of the CMS Project is vast as he has been involved in the project since its introduction to the campus in 2004. Joe’s worked on many major projects including Touch Screen Kiosks, Voice Registration, and Titan Online. Joe earned both a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degree in Computer Science at CSU Fullerton.
Senior Director, Applications Development and Support
Kenara Ly, Senior Director of Application Development and Support, oversees the development and support of web and mobile applications. Ken began his career at CSUF as a Systems/Network Analyst in 1997 managing several enterprise systems. After volunteering to develop Class Schedule and several other applications as online resources, Ken became an Analyst Programmer for the newly formed Web Team in 2001 to develop the campus portal and other web applications.
Ken received an MBA from Pepperdine University. He also received a Master of Science in Information Systems and Decision Sciences and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Cal State Fullerton. He’s certified as a Microsoft System Engineer, a Microsoft Database Administrator, and a Microsoft Software Developer. He also earned his certificates in Java Programming and Bioinformatics from CSUF Extended Education. Beyond his work in Information Technology, Ken has taught web database programming courses at a local community college.