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Steering Committee


Mike Baghramian (Co-chair)

President, Bager Electronics

Mike Baghramian is founder and president of Bager Electronics, which he started in 1980. Bager sells electronics components to customers in Southern California, representing a variety of leading semiconductor companies. Before establishing Bager, he was area sales manager for American Micro Systems. Baghramian holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from CSULB and has over 40 years of high-tech sales experience. He also serves as a down-select judge.



Gail Meredith

Gail Meredith (Co-chair)

Information Technology Director, Boeing (retired)

Gail has been in Information Technology for over 35 years. Gail retired from Boeing in 2015 after 30 years. Gail’s roles at Boeing included: Director, Information Development and Training and Director, Windows 7 Program Office. During Gail’s career at Boeing, she worked in 12 different IT jobs as her technical and management skills grew. Gail earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Dayton and a Master of Arts degree in Education. She currently teaches computer classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB. Additionally, Gail is the Technology Committee Chairman for  the Assistance League of Long Beach (ALLB). 



Forouzan Golshani

Dean, CSULB College of Engineering

Forouzan Golshani has led the CSULB College of Engineering since 2007. During his tenure, the College has achieved numerous high rankings and the size of its graduating class has doubled. An IEEE Fellow, he holds a dozen U.S. and international patents and is founder of three successful companies. He has authored more than 200 articles and served as editor-in-chief and board member of several scientific publications, including IEEE MultiMedia and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. A former advisor to the Costa Rica Minister of Science and the President of Technologica de Costa Rica, Golshani has served in senior management and technical consulting positions at well-known corporations, including Bull Worldwide Systems, Honeywell, Intel, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter, Motorola, and Sperry. 


Hieu NguyenHieu Nguyen

Associate Professor of Marketing, CSULB

Hieu P. Nguyen teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in marketing concepts, marketing management, and marketing strategy. He has also taught short courses at the National Economics University in Vietnam. Nguyen’s research has been published in academic journals and cited by the popular press. His research focuses on individual attachment orientations, brand attachment, maladaptive consumption, and anti-consumption. He attended the Teaching Effectiveness Workshop at Harvard Business School, and prior to his career in academia, worked in sales, marketing communications, public relations, and client services.


Richard OkumotoRichard Okumoto

Principal, Miller-Okumoto

Richard Okumoto has more than three decades of corporate finance, operations, and strategy development experience in rapid-growth Silicon Valley technology companies. Previously CFO of Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Electro Scientific Industries, and Photon Dynamics, he has served in executive positions at Credence Systems, the Garrett Group, Novellus Systems, and TMT. From 1974 to 1990, he held finance and operations roles at Basys, Commodore Business Machines, Digital Research, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Measurex (Honeywell). Okumoto has served on the boards of Lifevantage, LogicVision, Vantage Technology, and Vitex Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University and lectures at CSULB and San Jose State University.


Cyrus Parker-JeannetteCyrus Parker-Jeannette

Dean, CSULB College of the Arts

Before being appointed Dean of the CSULB College of the Arts, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette served as chair of the Dance Department. She combines years of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer with an additional love of theater. Parker-Jeannette has directed equity-waiver theatre and served as a movement consultant and choreographer to regional theatre companies. She received her MFA from University of California, Irvine. A dance historian, she has been a featured speaker at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Bowers Museum and received the 2003 California Dance Educator of the Year Award and 2004 Director’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Dance Education. 


Micheal-SoltMichael Solt

Dean, CSULB College of Business Administration

Michael Solt is Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Finance at CSULB. Previously, he was Associate Dean for the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University. Solt’s teaching focus is new venture finance and international finance, and he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. His current research interests lie in new venture finance and entrepreneurship, but he has also studied international finance and many aspects of investments. Solt’s work has been published in a variety of academic journals. 


Wesley-WoefelWesley Woelfel

Associate Professor, CSULB

Wesley Woelfel is Associate Professor in the CSULB Industrial Design program. His international professional experience spans many design disciplines from industrial, to display and exhibition, environments, thematic, and game design. Within this variety of disciplines, his work has won an array of prestigious professional and scholastic design awards. For the past several years, Woelfel has worked on designs incorporating soy-based urethanes and solid-surface materials made from 85 percent reused material for clients including Toyota, Starbucks, and Walmart. Woelfel serves on the CSULB Sustainability Task Force and works as the Design Director at a design and manufacturing firm in Los Angeles. He also serves as a down-select judge.


Mahdi YoozbashizadehMahdi Yoozbashizadeh
Assistant Professor, CSULB

Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh has supervised more than 45 senior design projects, including several funded by industry and two that led to the launch of startups. Since joining CSULB's Mechanical & Aerospace Engienering Department in fall 2013, he has conducted four industry-funded research projects in the fields of aerospace automation, sealant-flow process control, plasma treatment of composite structures, and metal-ceramic composite manufacturing by 3D printing. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Manufacturing from University of Southern California in 2012. He also worked as a lecturer and research associate in the field of digital fabrication at USC. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of design, CAD/CAM, manufacturing processes, and design of experiments.