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Trevor Harding | Department Chair & Professor

Phone: (805) 756-7163
Office: Building 41A, Room 230 (inside the MATE Office 41A-229)

Office Hours:

Monday                     1:00-3:00 PM

Tuesday                    3:30-4:30 PM

Thursday                  10:00-11:00 AM

Or schedule an appointment via calendly:

Research & Teaching Interests: Dr. Harding's research focuses on the development of polymers (a.k.a. plastics) that are either renewable, or biodegradable, or both, and are known as biopolymers.  He works alongside his students to understand how nanomaterials can be used to increase the strength, stability and degradability of biopolymers such as chitosan (which is produced from waste shrimp shells) and PHBV (which we grow by feeding waste streams to bacteria).  In addition, Dr. Harding works with colleagues around the United States on the development of innovative teaching practices.  Currently he is developing methods of helping engineering students learn habits of reflection that can be beneficial in their professional formation as engineers and as human beings.  Dr. Harding teaches a wide range of courses including introductory materials engineering, polymers, biopolymers, nanocomposites, material selection, design for sustainability, and failure of materials.


Eric Beaton | Instructional Technician & Lecturer


Phone: (805) 756-2518  |  Cell: (805) 704-2897
Office: Building 41B, Room 142

Office Hours:

Tuesday                   4:00-5:00 PM

Roger Benham | Professor

Phone: (805) 756-1270
Office: Building 92M, Room A105

Office Hours:

Wednesday                12:10-3 PM

Research and Teaching Interests: My area of specialty is Corrosion Engineering. This is my fourth year of teaching Mate 425 Corrosion Engineering at Cal Poly. I have 38 years of experience working in the field of corrosion engineering.

Karla Carichner | Lecturer 


Phone: (805) 756-1180
Office: Building 92M, Room A103

Office Hours:

Monday                    1:00-2:00 PM via Zoom (

Thursday                 11:00-12:00 PM in my office

Research & Teaching Interests: Basic introduction to materials, ceramics/glass, product design

Joel Galos | Professor

Phone: (805) 756-6426
Office: Building 41A, Room 224

Office Hours:

Monday-Wednesday     1:00-3:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: The design, characterization, and optimization of multifunctional engineering materials, especially polymer composites. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) of polymers and fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Materials selection for mechanical design and environmental sustainability.

Christine Ghent | Lecturer

Phone: (805) 756-6441
Office: Building 92M, Room A105

Office Hours:

Monday                    11:00-12:00 PM

Thursday                 11:30-12:00 PM

Cassi Goldsmith | Administrative Coordinator

Phone: email contact only temporarily
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours (currently working from home):

Monday - Friday           8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nicole Johnson-Glauch | Lecturer

Phone: (805) 756-6634 Ext. 2
Office: Building 41A, Room 225

Office Hours:

Tuesday                     2:00-4:00 PM

Wednesday                11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Thursday                   2:00-4:00 PM                 

Research & Teaching Interests: Electronic materials and thermodynamics. Improving student learning from visual representations and promoting mental health across the curriculum.

Mohsen Kivy | Professor

Phone: (805) 756-1537
Office: Building 41A, Room 226

Office Hours:

Monday                    12:10-3:00 PM

Wednesdays             12:10-1:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: Developing various materials (e.g. alloys and ceramics) by studying their microstructures and properties using multiscale computational materials engineering. Integrating modeling and simulation approaches throughout MATE curriculum.


Jean Lee | Professor

Phone: (805) 756-6571
Office: Building 13, Room 227

Office Hours:

Monday                   6:10-7:00 PM in Bldg. 13 courtyard

Tuesday                  12:10-1:00 PM and 4:40-5:30 PM in Bldg. 13 courtyard

Wednesday             6:10-7:00 PM in Bldg. 13 courtyard

Blair London | Professor

Phone: (805) 756-2536
Office: Building 116, Room 214

Office Hours:

Tuesdays                 8:30-10:30 AM

Wednesdays           8:00-10:00 AM

Thursdays              9:00-11:00 AM                    

Research & Teaching Interests: Forging technology, composite materials, ceramic materials, new alloy development, materials for sporting goods.

Wajira Asanga Ratnayake Manamperi | Lecturer

Phone: 805-756-6441
Office: Building 92M, Room A106

Office Hours: 

Tuesday                 11:00 AM -1:30 PM

Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Manamperi’s research interests includes development and characterization of bio-based polymers and composites, and compatibilization of bio/synthetic polymers. The courses Dr. Manamperi teaches include non-crystalline materials (polymers), materials characterization techniques, kinetics of materials and process design, materials thermodynamics, and transport phenomena. 

Eric Paton | Lecturer

Phone: (805) 756-5992
Office: Building 92M, Room A110

Office Hours:

Monday                     1:00-2:00 PM

Tuesday                    1:00-2:00 PM

Vidya Schalk | Lecturer

Phone: 805-756-
Office: Building 92M, Room B108

Office Hours: TBD

Research and Teaching Interests: Introduction to the fundamentals of ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, and their societal and environmental impacts. Explore the intersection of science, engineering, and history and how materials have played and continue to play an important role in our society. 

Ryan Smith | Lecturer

Phone: (805) 756-
Office: Building 192, Room 103

Office Hours:


Isinsu Baylam Toker | Lecturer

Phone: 805-756-6441
OfficeBuilding 92M, Room A106

Office Hours: 

Tuesday                    1:00-3:00 PM

Thursday                   3:30-4:30 PM

Research and Teaching Interests: Development and applications of solid-state lasers, near and mid-infrared femtosecond lasers, pump-probe spectroscopy, laser-based microfabrication, materials characterization techniques, optical and electronic properties of materials. (for detailed research interests; Google Scholar: Isinsu Baylam).

Sujanya Srinath | Office Assistant


Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

Monday                    1:00-3:00 PM

Friday                     10:00-3:00 PM

Lydia Gomez de la Vega | Office Assistant


Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

Tuesday                   10:00-12:00 PM

Wednesday              2:15-5:00 PM

Friday                    10:00-2:00 PM

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Materials Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Location: 41A-229

Phone: (805) 756-2568


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