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Emir Jose Macari


Jose MacariBefore coming to Sacramento State in 2006, Macari was the dean of Science and Technology at the University of Texas, Brownsville. He also has served as program director of the National Science Foundation's Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology, and was the Bingham C. Stewart Distinguished Professor in Louisiana State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush presented Macari with the Presidential Faculty Fellowship; two years later, Macari helped to draft President Bill Clinton's science policy document, "Science in the National Interest." He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of Mexico in 2003 and to the Mexican Academy of Science in 2006.

Macari earned his doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he worked on a NASA-sponsored project dealing with the mechanical behavior of granular materials at low effective stress states and in reduced-gravity environments.

Jessica Nugent

Electrical and Electronic Engineering student

Jessica NugentNugent received the 2012-13 Dean's Award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She maintained a 3.95 grade-point average during her time at Sacramento State and made the Honor List every semester.

As a summer intern with the consulting firm Black & Veatch, Nugent assisted engineers with electrical, mechanical and civil engineering projects. She is pursuing a master's degree at Sacramento State and hopes to work in the field of hydroelectric power generation.

Suresh Vadhva

Chair of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department and the Computer Engineering program, and research director of the California Smart Grid Center

Suresh VadhvaVadhva joined Sacramento State's Computer Engineering department in 1986. Among his many research projects are "Integrated Demand Side Management Certificate Program," done in conjunction with PG&E and California State University, East Bay; a Beale Air Force Base demonstration project funded by the California Energy Commission; and "Practical Processes Towards Smarter Power Grids with Green Resources," funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Mohammad Viziri

Electrical and Electronic Engineering professor

Mohammad ViziriViziri is a registered professional engineer with several research interests in the area of power systems. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Sacramento State and his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University, Pullman.

Viziri is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has been involved in funded research projects for the integration of renewable resources.

Benham Arad

Computer Science and Computer Engineering professor

Rich HedmanArad has brought more than $1.3 million in external support to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. A five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation has enabled Sac State students to become information security specialists.

The professor is a member of the Synopsys Curricula advisory board and the PCI-SIG group. He holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Louisiana State University. He received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, from which he graduated with honors.

Marcos Navarro

Mechanical Engineering student and member of the Hornet Racing Team

Ron ColemanThe Sacramento native is a senior Mechanical Engineering major, minoring in Mathematics and Physics. He has been a member of Hornet Racing for two years. He hopes to earn a doctorate in Materials Science.

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