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 (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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marketing Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, CBA
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 fro the US Forest Service to work with rural communities in learning how to mitigate wildfire risks.
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.
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.