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Vahid Balali

Vahid Balali

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Selected as one of ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40, Dr. Balali is actively involved in industry collaboration and outreach. He is an associate member of ASCE and CMAA, committee member of the ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis and ASCE Visual Information Modeling and Simulation committees, and friend member of TRB committees. Dr. Balali is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Civil and Architectural Engineering and reviewer of several top-notch Journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined the CSULB Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2016. He is a BIM and Project Controls Specialist at STV Inc., and in 2016, was inducted into the CSULB chapter of the National Academy of Inventors

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Navdeep Singh Dhillon

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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.

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Hamid Rahai

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Dr. Rahai is founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research & Services (CEERS), COE Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, and a professor in CSULB’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments. He has supervised over 70 MS theses and projects and PhD dissertations, and authored more than 90 papers and presentations. He has overseen more than $6 million in grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, Boeing, Southern California Edison, Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Transit, and private industries. The holder of two awarded patents in wind energy and four pending patents for drag reduction of vehicles and aircraft, vehicle emission controls, and patient-specific diagnostic systems of lung function, Dr. Rahai is a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors and is the recipient of a 2004 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award and 2014 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council.

Shadi Saadeh

Shadi Saadeh

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Dr. Saadeh worked for the Texas Transportation Institute and Louisiana Transportation Research Center before joining CSULB as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and his research papers have appeared in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, Journal of the American Society for Civil Engineers, Journal of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and Journal of Computational Materials Science. Dr. Saadeh is principal investigator of the Joint Training and Certification Program that CSULB operates with Caltrans.