Dr. Ehsan Barjasteh has over 10 years of industry experience with development and manufacturing of polymer composite materials for commercial and aerospace applications. He has consulted at Composite Technology Corp., Henkel Aerospace, and Tencate Advanced Composites since 2007. His industry career focused on developing lightweight products and processes to increase material performance and reduce manufacturing cost. He was a visiting scholar at McGill Composite Center at USC in 2015. His research focuses on development and optimization of advanced polymer and composite materials and processes. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Southern California in 2011.
Navdeep Singh Dhillon
Dr. Navdeep Singh Dhillon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CSULB. His research interests lie in the use of experimental high-speed optical & infrared imaging techniques as well as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods to understand and enhance critical thermo-fluidic and phase change processes (e.g. boiling and condensation). Applications include improving efficiency of industrial boilers, enabling renewable solar-thermal energy generation, and electronics cooling. Dr. Dhillon received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Prior to joining CSULB, he served as a Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013) and Postdoctoral Associate (2013-2016) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teaching courses in Thermal-Fluids and conducting experimental and theoretical research in boiling heat transfer.
Dr. Yan Li's research focuses on the mechanics of advanced materials. She and her team are designing high-performance metal matrix composites under an $800,000 U.S. Army Research Lab grant. Li joined the CSULB Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2014. She obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. Dr. Li has worked on research projects supported by NSF Center for Computational Materials Design and collaborated with Boeing, Gulfstream, and GE. She also worked with the Sandia National Lab to develop a computational tool to allow better understanding of wave propagation in structures.
Dr. Whisler's research focuses on developing experimental and computational techniques for extreme loading environments and understanding dynamic behavior of materials and structures. Experimental and finite element validation tests include composites, honeycombs and foams, and sandwich panels ranging from coupon-sized to full-scale actual components. This research is being applied in vehicle crashworthiness, projectile impacts onto structures, explosive blast mitigation, and protection from natural disaster. He graduated from University of California San Diego with a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship researching impacts and composites before in 2016 joining CSULB's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.