Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D.     University of California, Berkeley

Department of Mechanical Engineering, May 2002

Effect of Oxygenates Blended With Diesel Fuel on Particulate Matter Emissions From a Compression-Ignition Engine, dissertation committee: Robert W. Dibble (chair), Jyh-Yuan Chen, Robert A. Harley

Major field: Thermodynamics / Combustion

Minor fields: Fluid Mechanics, Air Quality Engineering


S.M.       Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Mechanical Engineering, February 1994

The Head Gasket Ionization Probe as a Combustion Diagnostic for Spark-Ignition Engines, thesis advisors: Wai K. Cheng, John B. Heywood


S.M.       Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology and Policy Program, February 1994


B.S.        University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, June 1991




Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, State of California




San Francisco State University, School of Engineering, San Francisco, CA


  • Associate Director, School of Engineering, August 2018 to present
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering, August 2018 to present
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, August 2009 to August 2018
  • Assistant Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), August 2008 to May 2012
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, August 2004 to August 2009


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Fuels & Combustion Science Group, Golden, CO


  • Visiting Researcher, summer 2021


Sandia National Laboratories, Combustion Research Facility, Livermore, CA


  • Visiting Researcher, various appointments between June 2003 and present


California State University, Sacramento, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sacramento, CA


  • Assistant Professor, August 2002 to August 2004


University of California, Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Berkeley, CA


  • Research Assistant, Combustion Analysis Laboratory, August 1996 to May 2002
  • Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Spring 2002, Fall 1998
  • Teaching Associate, Teaching of Mechanical Engineering at the University Level, Fall 2001
  • Teaching Assistant, Experimentation and Measurement, Fall 2000, Spring 1999
  • Teaching Assistant, Thermodynamics, Spring 1997, Fall 1996
  • Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB) Mentor, Summer 1998


Acurex Environmental Corporation, Mountain View, CA

(now TIAX LLC and located in Cupertino, CA)


  • Staff Engineer, Transportation Technology Program Area, August 1994 to July 1996


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge, MA


  • Research Assistant, Sloan Automotive Laboratory, June 1992 to December 1993
  • Teaching Assistant, Thermodynamics, Spring 1992, Fall 1991


International Business Machines Corporation, San Jose, CA


  • Summer Pre-professional Engineer, Storage Systems Products Division, Summers of 1989 through 1991




  • Department of Energy (DOE) Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) research fellowship awardee, Summer 2021
  • SFSU Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Faculty Travel Award, 2017
  • SFSU Emerging Leaders Program, 2014-15 cohort
  • Best Diversity Paper Award, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2015 Pacific Southwest Conference
  • SFSU Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Faculty Travel Award, 2015
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) research fellowship awardee, Summer 2012
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2006 Ralph A. Teetor Educational Award
  • Best Scientific Poster Award, 9th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, 2002
  • Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2000-2001
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society induction, 1990
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship, 1987-1991




  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • The Combustion Institute