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Education

Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering, 1994
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
M. S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, 1985
Peoples’ Friendship University
Russia, Moscow


Honors

  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Pomona Unified School District, 2011
  • Biomimicry Fellow, Biomimicry Institute, 2010
  • Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • Innovative Design Educator Award, California Legislature, Assemblyman Curt Hagman, 2009
  • Professor of the Year, ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, 2008-2009
  • Rodes Professorship Award for outstanding teaching and research activities, GMI, 1995
  • Recognized as one of the outstanding Professors and Honored for being an effective and caring teacher, GMI Student publication Technician
  • ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, Recognizes exemplary innovations in Engineering Education. Awarded for developing and implementing an innovative Introductory Design course, 1996
  • Nominated for ASEE Dove Outstanding Young Faculty Award by GMI, 1996
  • Commended by US Senator Barbara Boxer for Service Learning Activities, 2005
  • Faculty for Training Samsung Engineers, 1996
  • Teaching Faculty for General Motors Technical Education Program, 1995 & 1996

Teaching

  • Developed engaging, online learning modules in Engineering Mechanics
  • Redesigned freshmen Introduction to Engineering class with Arduino robotics
  • Taught a number of engineering courses from freshmen level to graduate level including introduction to engineering, statics, dynamics, strength of materials, kinematics, stress analysis, machine design, introduction to mechanical design, advanced mechanism design, Introduction to Engineering, Robotics using basic stamp, robotics, solid Modeling, CAD, descriptive geometry, mechatronics, vibration, engineering clinics and capstone design
  • Developed new courses in biomimicry for engineers, optimization, design visualization, engineering service learning, and biomimicry for engineers, and design for affordability
  • Pioneered the use of Scenario-Based Learning Approach to teach fundamental engineering courses such as statics and dynamics.
  • Produced and managed e-learning modules, simulations, multimedia courseware and hundreds of short, interactive lessons.

Research

  • Product Design
  • Biomimicry – Engineering Design Inspired by Nature
  • Assistive Device Design, Design Theory and Methodology
  • Service Learning, Design for Sustainable Development and Affordability
  • Mechanism Design, Robotics and Optimization

Industrial Experience

  • Design of mechanisms and subsystems for military aircraft engine applications
  • Established the first CAD group
  • Design of machine tools