Department Forms and Procedures

Faculty and Staff (Updated Winter 2024)

 

Trevor Harding | Department Chair & Professor 

Email: tharding@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-7163
Office: Building 41A, Room 230 (inside the MATE Office 41A-229)

Office Hours:

(On Sabbatical) 

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

  

Email: erbeaton@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2518  |  Cell: (805) 704-2897
Office: Building 41B, Room 142

Office Hours:

Tuesdays: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Roger Benham | Lecturer

Email: rbenham@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-1270
Office: Building 92M, Room A105

Office Hours:

TBD

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 

 

Email: kcarichn@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-1180
Office: Building 92M, Room A103

Office Hours:

Not teaching for MATE this quarter

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


Brian Davis | Lecturer 

 

Email: bdavis83@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-5446
Office: Building 92M, Room A106

Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Zoom Link: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/5819125631

Research & Teaching Interests: Strength of materials topics for application-specific ceramics and glasses. Solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, and the application of finite element analysis (FEA) to mechanical test characterization. Improving student engagement with professional development activities and philanthropic extra-curriculars.


Aniruddha Dive | Lecturer 

 

Email: adive@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-5446
Office: Building 92M, Room A106

Office Hours:

TBD

Research & Teaching Interests:


Joel Galos | Professor

Email: jgalos@calpoly.edu 
Phone: (805) 756-6426
Office: Building 41A, Room 224

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

And by appointment.

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.


Cassi Goldsmith | Administrative Coordinator

Email: cmgoldsm@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2568
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

Mondays - Fridays: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Peter Huang | Lecturer


Email: 
phuang20@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2405
Office: Building 192, Room 103

Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: electronic and advanced semiconductor material design and processing.


Nicole Johnson-Glauch | Lecturer

Email: njohns66@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6634 Ext. 2
Office: Building 41A, Room 225

Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fridays: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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


Seamus Jones | Professor

Email: sjones97@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-0731
Office: Building 41A, Room 221

Office Hours:

Wednesdays: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: Dr. Jones's work primarily focuses on the design of ionic fluids including the design of ionic liquids, polymeric ionic liquids, and water-soluble organic compounds that undergo reversible oxidation and reduction reactions (so-called 'redoxolytes'). He has interest in translating these materials into industrial processes in energy storage and greenhouse gas capture. Dr. Jones' teaching interests include thermodynamics, transport, polymer science, and textile engineering.


Mohsen Kivy | Professor

Email: mbeyrama@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-1537
Office: Building 41A, Room 226

Office Hours:

Tuesdays: 9:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Wednesdays: 1:10 PM - 3:00 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.


Christine Kurtz | Lecturer

 

Email: cghent@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6634
Office: Building 41A, Room 225

Office Hours:

Mondays: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: Professor Kurtz has a background as an Automotive Reseach and Development Engineer focusing on Noise and Vibration.


Jean Lee | Professor

Email: jlee473@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6571
Office: Building 13, Room 227

Office Hours:

TBD

Research & Teaching Interests:


Eric Paton | Lecturer

Email: enpaton@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-5229
Office: Building 92M, Room A110

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: Eric received the B.Sc. engineering degree from Cal Poly University, his  M.Sc. degree from Purdue University, and his M.B.A from San Jose State University.   Eric was a semiconductor process development engineer at Advanced  Micro Devices (AMD) where he authored over 100 patents and 22 publications.  He founded numerous companies including a commercial equipment leasing firm where he originated, maintained and held a $3 million portfolio.  He later created FlyThisSim, which grew into the worlds largest manufacturer of BATD FAA approved flight simulators.  Eric is now a lecturer in the school of engineering for MATE and AERO departments at Cal Poly University.  Eric owns two aircraft: a Cirrus SR20 and a Cessna 150. He is a commercial multi-engine CFII instructor / pilot with 1800 hours flying over the previous 30 years. Research interests: Semiconductor process, Aircraft and spacecraft structures, flight instruction. Current teaching interests:  Aero structures, experimental stress analysis, fixed wing pilot certification.


Ryan Smith | Lecturer

Email: rsmith91@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-1270
Office: Building 92M, Room A105

Office Hours:

TBD

Research & Teaching Interests: Alloy Development, Welding Process Development, Computational Thermodynamics, Level-Set FEA, In-situ X-ray diffraction, Electrochemical deposition and surface treatment.


Thale Smith | Professor

Email: tsmith50@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-0699
Office: Building 41A, Room 227

Office Hours:

Wednesdays: 12:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests:


Liz Thompson | Professor

 

Email: lschleme@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2183
Office: Building 13, Room 263A

Office Hours:

Mondays: 8:10 AM - 10:00 AM virtually at https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/2582701469

Wednesdays: 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM in Building 41 Room 230 (inside the MATE office)

Thursdays: 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM in Building 13 Room 263AResearch & Teaching Interests: Dr. Lizabeth Thompson is a professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and currently the Director of General Engineering Program. She has been at Cal Poly for nearly 30 years and has held various positions on campus including Co-Director of LAES, Director of Women’s Engineering Programs, and CENG Associate Dean. Her research is in Engineering Education, particularly equitable classroom practices, integrated learning, and institutional change. Liz spent the 2019-20 academic year at Cal State LA where she taught and collaborated on research related to equity and social justice. With her colleagues at Cal State LA, she recently received an NSF grant called Eco-STEM which aims to transform STEM education using an asset-based ecosystem model. Specifically, the Eco-STEM project focuses on shifting the metaphor in STEM education from a factory model to an ecosystem model. This Ecosystem model aspires towards an organic and healthy environment that nurtures students, faculty, and staff to become individuals fulfilled professionally and personally. She is also a co-advisor to Engineers Without Borders and Critical Global Engagement at Cal Poly.


Kelly Hoang | Student Assistant 

 

Email: khoang24@calpoly.edu
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Lauren Walker | Student Assistant

 

Email: lwalke18@calpoly.edu
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Thursdays: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fridays: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Lizbeth Ortiz | Student Assistant

 

Email: lortiz12@calpoly.edu
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours: 

Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Fridays: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Tasman Loutfi | Student Assistant

 

Email: tloutfi@calpoly.edu
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours: 

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Location: 41A-229

Phone: (805) 756-2568

Email: mate@calpoly.edu

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