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Pitiporn Asvapathanagul

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Dr. Asvapathanagul's research focuses on using molecular tools to understand microbial activities and resolve problems in biological water reclamation processes and in the environment. She developed several molecular primers and probes for bacterial detection in water reclamation plants. Dr. Asvapathanagul is also interested in developing a novel system for sewage highly containing fat, oil and grease. She serves on the Water Environment Federation's Student and Young Professionals and Water Reuse committees. Her research has been published in Applied Environmental Microbiology and Water Research and other prestigious journals, as well as at conferences around the world. She joined the CSULB Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department as an Assistant Professor in 2012 after completing her Ph.D. at University of California Irvine.

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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 $5 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 patents, Dr. Rahai has been inducted into the CSULB National Academy of Inventors chapter 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.

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Ted Yu

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Dr. Yu focuses on both computational and experimental research. His computational research closely examines chemical processes at the atomic level. This helps determine the mechanisms that govern the performance of electrochemical systems, which sometimes are too difficult to do with experiments. Once a model is established, computational research can be used to screen thousands of materials quickly, making it easier to determine which materials are the best candidates for further development. In addition to modeling, his work involves building rechargeable lithium batteries, applying the knowledge gained from computer simulations. Experimental battery research involves synthesis of battery materials, assembly of the cells, testing the cells on a battery tester, and detailed materials analysis. Dr. Yu holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA.