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Dr. Chelian holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering. His research interests are in computer architecture, multiprocessing, computer networks, embedded controllers, and solid state circuits. He has authored more than 40 technical papers, holds one patent, and previously worked as an On-call Member of the Technical Staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Chelian was the recipient of a 2012 CSULB Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award.

His hobbies include 5K walks, playing steel guitar, singing in choirs, and participating in speech contests. Dr. Chelian is a Distinguished Toastmaster. He also recently earned an associate's degree, double majoring with honors in Arts and Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science.