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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).

Margaret Black

Acting Dean, CSULB College of the Arts

Margaret Black earned a BFA in Cinema Production from University of Southern, a BFA in Communication Design from Otis/Parsons Art Institute, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art. Ms. Black is an award-winning graphic designer and has over 20 years’ experience in the field. Her projects ranged from branding and identity programs, books, brochures and collateral materials, title design for film and television, to exhibit design. Her clients include Amgen, Cal Tech, CBS, Cesar Pelli and Associates, Fox Searchlight Picture, Kaiser Permanente, Mattel, Paramount, Thailand Tourism Board, UCLA, Universal Pictures, USC, Warner Bros.​ Before joining the faculty in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach in 2006, she taught at Otis College of Art and Design, Chaffee College, Glendale Community College, and Loyola Marymount University. At Cal State Long Beach, Ms. Black served as graduate advisor and associate director of the School of Art. She was appointed Associate Dean of the College of the Arts in 2014 and she is currently serving as Acting Dean of the College of the Arts.

Tracy Bradley MaplesTracy Bradley Maples

Interim Dean, CSULB College of Engineering

Dr. Tracy Bradley Maples serves as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Maples served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the college from 2015 to 2020. Dr. Maples is a co-project director on a five-year, $5.8 million HSI-STEM grant that aims to close the opportunity gap in STEM baccalaureate degree attainment for Hispanic and low-income students. Prior to 2015, Dr. Maples served as Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Her research interests lie in the areas of computer networking, modeling and simulation. Dr. Maples was awarded the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for sustained excellence in teaching. She is a CSULB Data Fellow and CSULB President and Provost’s Leadership Fellow.

Cyrus Parker-JeannetteCyrus Parker-Jeannette

Dean (retired), 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

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.

Steve BoyerSteve Boyer

Industrial Design Professor, CSULB

Steve Boyer has over 25 years of experience developing technology and creating content for a wide variety of interactive media. He has served as a software engineer, hardware engineer, designer, and producer at top media entertainment companies and has been on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Otis College of Art and Design, and University of California San Diego.Boyer earned his Master of Architecture degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He served as Director of Research and Development for Interactive Entertainment at Vivendi Games, and is the founder of three startups.

Pia GuptaPia Gupta

Associate Professor of Finance, CSULB

Pia Gupta is an Associate Professor of Finance at CSULB. Her current research interests lie in corporate finance and include topics such as stock repurchase, venture capital, and executive compensation. She teaches international business and corporate finance courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She has published her research in several academic journals and serves on the board of a national conference. She is engaged in numerous activities on campus and is currently the co-director of an exchange program between CSULB and two universities in Singapore and Vietnam.

Ingrid MartinIngrid Martin

Marketing Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, COB

Dr. Ingrid Martin has published research in several top journals, including Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Risk Analysis, Journal of Public Policy & Management, as well as other well-known journals. She has coauthored four book chapters and numerous conference papers. Dr. Martin is on the editorial review board and review for numerous journals, she has co-chaired two national conferences and doctoral workshops, and received more than $750,000 in research grants from the U.S. Forest Service to work with rural communities in learning how to mitigate wildfire risks.

Wade MartinWade Martin

Director, Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Wade Martin is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University, Long Beach. He works primarily in the area of risk analysis related to business development and sustainability for local economic development. He has worked on research and development projects for Downtown Long Beach Alliance, CalRECYLES, the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the USDA Forest Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Government of Indonesia and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Institute for International Development. Dr. Martin has published in numerous academic journals, edited three books and been a commentator on Market Place on NPR as well as for numerous newspapers. He has served as editor-in-chief of the academic journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Surajit RoySurajit Roy

Assistant Professor, CSULB

Surajit Roy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University in 2014. He teaches senior design capstone course in mechanical engineering at CSULB. He has mentored several industry sponsored projects in the past from SoCal gas, Boeing, Aerospace Corporation, and some local companies in the region. He is also serving as the faculty advisor of the student chapter of CSULB SAE club. His current research interests are damage tolerance of novel composite materials, development of prognostic models for material ageing under harsh environments, reduced-order modeling for structural wave propagation, non-destructive testing techniques, and data-driven algorithms for structural health monitoring.