Research and Publications




  • Novel materials fabrication processes for energy applications, including:

Kwok-Siong Teh

Dr. Teh joined San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2006 and teaches courses in engineering materials, mechanics, composite materials, and capstone senior design projects. He received his mechanical engineering degrees from UC Berkeley (Ph.D), University of Michigan Ann Arbor (MSME), and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BSME). His prior work experiences spanned both the technical and commercial fields: as a strategy consultant at Booz & Co., pre-professional engineer at IBM T. J.

Bay Area Research Initiative (BARI)


The Bay Area Research Initiative is the collective effort of Dr. García-Castañon, with the support of the Department of Political Science and College of Liberal and Creative Arts, at San Francicso State University. Launched in 2014, the initiative focuses on three goals to enrich faculty-student research opportunities:

2019 Biology Graduation Speech

Like many of you, I am not a California native. As a daughter of Mormon Missionaries, my mother was born and raised in Pacheco, a small town in Northern Mexico. When she was a young woman, she immigrated to the United States to pursue her education. She ultimately settled in Tennessee and raised her family, including me, there. Like my mother, I “immigrated” from Tennessee to California 22 yrs ago. California is now my home, but Tennessee is still my homeland. One thing that I deeply miss about Tennessee is the fireflies. If you have never seen a firefly, let me tell you about them.

Elif Balin, Ph.D.

Elif Balin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University in the Career Counseling and College Counseling specializations. She is also the Coordinator of the Career Counseling specialization. Dr. Balin received a B.A. from Bogaziçi University and an M.S. from Middle East Technical University in Turkey in the field of Psychological Counseling and Guidance. Before moving to the U.S., she worked as a Professional School Counselor in private and international K-12 schools in Turkey. While in Turkey, Dr.

Saskia Gabriella van Kampen

Saskia van Kampen (MDes, RGD, AIGA) has taught graphic Design at OCAD Universitry in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as an Assistant Professor since 2014 and is now Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at San Francisco State University. She is focused on developing research projects that involve students, believing that by doing so she is supporting the next generation of designers to be socially driven in terms of accessible and inclusive design outcomes. Her research includes critical pedagogy in studio design courses, writing in the disciplines, and creative practice as protest.

Ellen Julia Christensen

Ellen Christensen is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Drawing from an undergraduate cultural and urban studies concentration within the American Studies major at Berkeley, she is interested in the visualization of power imbalances. Her research primarily focuses on community, placemaking, and experimental mapping. Her design practice includes editorial, identity, and information design.


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