Faculty and Staff

Trevor Harding | Department Chair and Professor 

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

Office Hours

Monday                  1 PM - 2 PM                        
Tuesday                 3 PM - 4 PM
Friday                    9 AM - 10 AM

 

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

Wednesday                 3 PM - 4 PM

 

Karla Carichner | Lecturer 

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

Office Hours:

Monday                 3 PM - 4 PM 
Tuesday                3 PM - 4 PM

 

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

Christine Ghent | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:
 
Wednesday            10:30 AM - 12 PM
 

 

Nicole Johnson-Glauch | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:

Monday                  1 PM - 3 PM
Tuesday                  9:30 AM - 11 AM (at Julian's Cafe) 
Thursday                 2 PM - 4 PM
                                                  Friday                     9 AM - 10:30 AM 
 
Research & Teaching Interests: 
Electronic materials and thermodynamics. Improving student learning from visual representations and promoting mental health across the curriculum. 

Cassi Goldsmith | Administrative Coordinator 

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

Office Hours

Monday through Friday         8 AM - 5 PM

Ashley Gonzales | Office Assistant  

Email: agonz313@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2568
Office: Building 41A, Room 229

Office Hours:

Monday                 10 AM - 12 PM
Tuesday                 3:10 - 5 PM
Wednesday            12:50 - 3:50 PM
                                                  Friday                   12 PM - 2 PM

Yong Hao | Lecturer 

Email: yhao@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-6634*1
Office: Building 92M, Room A106

Office Hours:

Monday                 4 PM - 5 PM

Wednesday            3 PM - 5 PM

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

Mohsen Kivy | Lecturer

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

Office Hours:

Tuesday                  9 AM - 10:50 AM
Wednesday             1 PM - 3:30 PM
 
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. 

Jean Lee | Professor

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

Monday                 2 PM - 4 PM
Tuesday                12 PM - 2 PM
Friday                   1 PM - 2 PM 

Blair London | Professor

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

Office Hours

Tuesday                 9:15 AM - 11 AM
Thursday               12:30 - 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

Tuesday                 2 PM - 5 PM
Thursday               2 PM - 5 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                 2 PM - 3 PM
Thursday               11 AM - 12 PM 

 

Juan Ortiz Salazar | Teaching Associate 

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

Office Hours:

Wednesday           11 AM - 12 PM 
 
Research & Teaching Interests:
Colloidal science, organic/polymer coatings, additive manufacturing

 

Sarder Sadique | Lecturer

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

Office Hours

Monday                 1 PM - 3 PM
Wednesday            1 PM - 3 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. 

Eric Paton | Lecturer 

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

Office Hours

Monday                 2 PM - 4 PM
Tuesday                 2 PM - 4 PM 
Wednesday            9:15 AM - 11 AM
 

Ryan Smith | Lecturer

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

Office Hours

Tuesday                 1 PM - 3 PM  
Thursday               1 PM - 3 PM

Dan Walsh | Lecturer 

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

On leave until Spring 2020. 

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