Dr. Thymios Jordanides
Dr. Jordanides joined CSULB in 1964, was promoted through the ranks, and served both as Chair of Electrical Engineering and as Associate Dean for Instruction for the College of Engineering. During his Forty years of service at CSULB, he has had the opportunity to participate and play an active role in all facets of academic life, both as a faculty member and as an administrator. As Department Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, he recruited highly qualified faculty who have become valued members of the department. During his chairmanship, research was funded by outside agencies and was conducted for the first time in the Electrical Engineering Department. He established student advising procedures with clear graduation requirements so that the students would plan their progress towards graduation efficiently.
He received the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Chairman Award from ETA KAPPA NU in 1980. As Associate Dean for instruction for the College of Engineering he earned acclaim for his leadership and innovation. He initiated the Master in Engineering Management degree (MEM) and he carried the joint Ph.D. Program through the state approval channels. Many graduate students have received degrees from the above two programs and are now holding key positions in industry.
Dr. Jordanides has consulted for various firms including Hughes Aircraft Co., Collins Radio Co. (presently Conexant), Chalco Engineering, Defense Contract Administration Agency.
Throughout his career at CSULB, Dr. Jordanides has made a consistent, thoughtful, and deliberate effort to produce continuous improvement in his teaching, research, and service to the University. He initiated and taught courses in circuit theory, communication satellite systems, control systems and robotics and systems analysis and optimization. Above all, his main focus has been excellence in teaching as evidenced by his student evaluations and his genuine interest in the growth and development of his students. In all of his engineering classes he emphasized excellent writing skills and he has introduced the design concept early in the introductory laboratory classes. Dr. Jordanides has served for several years as Faculty Juror in the Student Research Competition and mentored numerous students in their presentations. He was profiled twice in the publication "inside CSULB" and appeared on "Beach View" with President Robert Maxson on the University Channel.
Jordanides received many awards including ASEE Young Engineering Professor Paper Contest in 1968, the Stanford University Engineering Design Award in 1976, and the TRW Excellence in Teaching Award of the College of Engineering in 2002.
In 1990, Dr. Jordanides organized and directed an Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on "Expert Systems and Robotics" in Corfu, Greece. This workshop was attended by over 90 scientists and engineers from all NATO countries. As a result the Society for Intelligent Robotics and Expert Systems (SIRES) was founded in Brussels, Belgium of which Jordanides is the founding President
Professor Jordanides has authored one book and authored or co-authored over 60 refereed journal and conference papers in circuit theory, control systems and applications and communication systems. He had contributed chapters in two IEEE Press books and has done funded research in the application of system theory to energy economics and transportation systems.
Jordanides, since retirement, established ARISTON EDUCATION, INC. a non-profit, public charity in Orange County that invests time to improve college access and education for underprivileged high school students.