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Torabzadeh Given Hardeman Academic Leadership Award

Published: August 1, 2013

Jalal Torabzadeh
Nicholas Perkins Hardeman
Academic Leadership Award

Since Jalal Torabzadeh joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at CSULB in 1986, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the university and was honored this year with the Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award.

A member of the Academic Senate since 1999, Torabzadeh has helped draft and pass many policies, including those on Retention, Tenure and Promotion, University Awards Committee, Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, Undergraduate Advising, Student Evaluation of Teaching, and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

He became a member of the Academic Senate Executive Committee in 2005 and served as Vice Chair of the Senate in 2008-09. He also served on the Senate’s Nominating Committee and is a member of the Program Committee for the Academic Senate Retreats.

With service on more than 18 university committees, councils and task forces during his 27-year career, Torabzadeh has had an impact on a wide variety of issues from enrollment management to grade appeals and advising. In addition to numerous committees for the department and the College of Engineering, including the Department and College Curriculum Committees and the ABET Accreditation Committee, Torabzadeh has served on the University Resource Council, University Lottery Committee, Faculty Personnel Policies Council, the University’s Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Committee and served as the co-chair of the WASC Subcommittee on Student Success, University Task Force on RTP Policy and Procedure, just to list a few. His professionalism, integrity, ethical values, kindness, willingness to hear others’ viewpoints and exceptional analytical skills have earned him the respect of his colleagues universitywide.

Currently the interim chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Torabzadeh served as the Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor and Vice Chair for MAE from 2001-13.

Jalal Torabzadeh (c) with Academic Senate Chair Dan O'Connor and CSULB Interim President Donald Para.
Jalal Torabzadeh (c) with Academic Senate Chair Dan O’Connor (l) and CSULB Interim President Donald Para.

He was an adjunct professor in the Petroleum Engineering Program at USC from 2000-09. He has been a consultant with Chevron, the Gas Company, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, and the West Coast Resource Center since 2010. He is also active in numerous professional organizations like the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists and the Orange County Engineering Council. He is the recipient of many academic and professional honors including Distinguished Engineering Educator, TRW Excellence in Teaching, SPEI Fellow, SPEI Distinguished Member, SPEI Outstanding Service, PTS Outstanding Service, and CSULB CFA Outstanding Service awards.