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Department Chair: Jalal Torabzadeh

Department Office: ECS - 651

Telephone: (562) 985-4398


Faculty: Eric Besnard, Ehsan Barjasteh, Christiane Beyer, Hsin‑Piao Chen, Hsun-Hu Chen, Emel Demircan, Navdeep Singh Dhillon, Ramin Esfandiari, Qingbin Gao, Yan Li, Bei Lu, Panadda Marayong, Bob Minaie, Hamid Rahai, Surajit Roy, Praveen Shankar, David Stout, Reza Toossi, Jalal Torabzadeh, Daniel Whistler, Parviz Yavari, Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh

Undergraduate Advisors: Panadda Marayong (ME), Daniel Whistler (ME), Jalal Torabzadeh (ME), Praveen Shankar (AE), Parviz Yavari (ET)

Extension Program Advisor/Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering: Praveen Shankar (ME)

Graduate Advisors: Bei Lu (ME), Hsin-Piao Chen (AE)

Administrative Support Coordinator: Leanne Hayes

Administrative Support Assistant: Nancy Ko

Students desiring detailed information should contact the department for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities

Mechanical Engineer • Aerospace Engineer • Facilities Engineer • Manufacturing Engineer • Design Engineer • Sales Engineer • Plant Engineer • Safety Engineer • Tool Engineer • Project Engineer • Utilization/Test Engineer • Automotive Engineer • Production Engineer • Manufacturing Engineer • Standards Engineer • Industrial Engineer • Factory Plant Layout Engineer • Material Schedule • Tool Planner • Safety Engineer • Product Safety Engineer • Production Planner • Statistician • Staff Assistant Specification Writer • Tooling Quality Assurance Worker • Quality Planning Analyst • Process Engineering • Estimator • Manufacturing Engineering • Quality Engineer • Supervisor Vendor Quality • Production Engineer • Material Schedule • Quality Control Technician • Configuration Analyst • Quality Manager • Production Manager • Industrial Engineering • Production Safety Engineer • Safety Engineer • Metrologist • Liaison Worker • Methods and Time-Study Engineer • Traffic Control Engineer • Technical Sales Representative • Process Engineer • Estimator • Associate Engineer • Field Engineer (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering offered at the Long Beach campus are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The Mechanical Engineering Extension Program offered at Lancaster University Center, Lancaster, CA is undergoing accreditation Review in 2014-2015.

Advisory Council

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is supported by a professional Advisory and Development Council (ADC) comprised of outstanding engineers and executives from industry and government agencies in Southern California. The role of the ADC is to form a liaison between the University and industry and to help the administration and faculty remain informed of modern engineering practices and help with Continuous Improvement Process (CIP).

Programs at a Glance


  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE);
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME);
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Undergraduate Extension (BSME)


  • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE);
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME);
  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with an emphasis in Management Engineering;
  • Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (offered jointly with Claremont Graduate University).

Student Organizations

Students have the benefit of joining the student chapters of professional societies:

  • AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • ASME (American Society for Mechanical Engineers)
  • SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
  • SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
  • ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers)
  • SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
  • ASQ (American Society of Quality)
  • SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
  • Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
  • Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Engineering Honor Society)

As student members of professional societies, students can attend local, regional, national, and international meetings and conferences, participate in student contests, become eligible for sponsored scholarships, interact with professionals from industry, and many other benefits.

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