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Effective Spring of 2020: The MATE Department will hold virtual office hours.

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:

Tuesday                4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday               11:10 AM - 12:30 PM
(or by appointment)

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:

By appointment only. Email the professor directly.


Karla Carichner | Lecturer 

 

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

Office Hours:

Tuesday                4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday               11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
(or by appointment)

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

Claire Drewery | Teaching Associate

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

Office Hours:

TBA


Christine Ghent | Lecturer

Email: cghent@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6441
Office: Building 92M, Room A105

Office Hours:

Wednesday            10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Cassi Goldsmith | Administrative Coordinator

Email: cmgoldsm@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6439
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

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

 


Yong Hao | Lecturer

Email: yhao@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6634
Office: Building 92M, Room A106

Office Hours:

TBA

Research & Teaching Interests: Electrochemical design, synthesis, characterization and evaluation of nanomaterials and nanocomposites for energy storage applications such as batteries and supercapacitors. 
 

Nicole Johnson-Glauch | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:

Monday                8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Tuesday                8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday            3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday               3:00 PM - 4:30 PM                    

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

Mohsen Kivy | Professor

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

Office Hours:

Monday/Wednesday                10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Alex Koyama | Office Assistant

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


Jean Lee | Professor

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

Office Hours:

Monday                 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday               12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday            5:45 PM - 6:45 PM


Blair London | Professor

Email: blondon@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2536
Office: Building 116, Room 214

Office Hours:

Monday              12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday         9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday                12:30 PM - 2:30 PM                           

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


Desalegn Mengistie | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:

Wednesday               9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday                     11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: Conductive polymers and their composites for solar cell, thermoelectric, supercapacitor, and conductive textiles applications.

John Nelson| Lecturer

Email: jgnelson@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6441
Office: Building 92M, Room A106

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday                3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Juan Ortiz-Salazar | Teaching Associate

Email: jortiz30@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 7562-568
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

TBA

Research & Teaching Interests: Colloidal science, organic/polymer coatings, additive manufacturing.

Eric Paton | Lecturer

Email: enpaton@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-5992
Office: Building 92M, Room A110

Office Hours:

Tuesday                 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday             1:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday            10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Mickayla Pehl | Office Assistant

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


Acacia Ramsey | Office Assistant

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


Sarder Sadique | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday                10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Research & Teaching Interests: Additive manufacturing (AM)/3D printing (3DP), system modeling, thermal design systems, material characterization, friction & wear, tribology, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), industrial hazardous waste, composite materials, high temperature materials (super alloys), statistical analysis, etc. 

Ryan Smith | Lecturer

Email: rsmith91@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6426
Office: Building 41A, Room 224

Office Hours:

TBA


Dan Walsh | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday          6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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Phone: (805) 756-2568

Email: mate@calpoly.edu

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