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2006 Teaching Awards

Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Awards

Mahmoud Fawzy Wagdy

Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering

Mahmoud Fawzy WagdyMahmoud Fawzy Wagdy received his B.S. and M.S. from Cairo University and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University, all in electrical engineering. He conducts research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in microelectronics, mixed-signal integrated circuit design, behavioral modeling, analog signal processing and design of electronic systems.

As founder and director of the Microelectronics Research Laboratory in the Electrical Engineering Department, he supervised one Ph.D. student, eight M.S. thesis students and 33 M.S. project students. He did research for Analog Devices Inc. and produced multimedia modules on electronics manufacturing via the Southern California Coalition for Education in Manufacturing Engineering, a college National Science Foundation project. He was awarded a NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship at the Air Force Research Lab.

Wagdy has published 51 journal and conference papers, and his research has been cited 141 times in the Science Citation Index. He also won the Best Paper Award of an IEEE journal and has significantly contributed to the literature on analog-to-digital converters for more than 20 years. He served IEEE as technical program chair of an international conference, journal guest editor and as a Los Angeles chapter chairman.

Along with numerous CSULB committee appointments, he served as the preparer of the EE Accreditation ABET-2000 Self Study. He has been invited twice by the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology as a TOKTEN expert. Wagdy is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering Education and the Marquis Who’s Who in America.

David Martin Jacques

Theatre Arts
College of the Arts

David Martin JacquesDavid Martin Jacques has designed lighting for more than 250 professional theater, dance, music and television productions, including recent critically acclaimed opera productions of “Tannhauser” at La Scala in Milan, “Daphne” at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, “I Lombardi” at Teatro Maggio Musicale in Florence and “Cherubin” at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy.

His designs for television have been broadcast on NBC, PBS and A&E. Also, he has served as a lighting consultant for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment and designed numerous projects for Epcot, MGM and Euro-Disney. Since 1980, he has served as president of Jacques Design Inc., where he pioneered and distributed the first lighting paperwork software program for professional lighting designers, called LIGHTS.

As head of stage design for the CSULB Department of Theatre Arts, Jacques believes that “students must have a fertile laboratory atmosphere to foster experimentation and discovery,” and he has provided his pupils with internships at opera and theater companies where they have worked with professional directors and designers.

He considers it his ultimate reward as a teacher to welcome these students into his profession as artistic collaborators. Jacques also has conducted research in automated and virtual lighting and digital imaging, and has worked as a composer and musical director for live theatrical productions. Among his numerous college and university committee activities, Jacques serves as a member of the Academic Senate.

He received his B.F.A. from the University of Miami and an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Melody Y. Kiang

Computer Information Systems
College of Business Administration

Melody Y. KiangMelody Kiang’s research interests include developing and applying artificial intelligence techniques to a variety of business problems. Her pioneering works in applying neural networks to classification in business applications and using self-organizing map networks for clustering have made her one of the leading researchers in the world in these areas. 

Her publications are widely cited in the Management Information Systems (MIS) community, and she has organized several workshops on information systems-related topics in Taiwan and been invited by universities in Belgium, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore to present her research. 

Kiang has received many internal/external grants, including a grant from the National Science Foundation, Information Technology and Organizations Program and a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. Her research has appeared in Information Systems Research, Management Science, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Transactions on SMC, EJOR and other professional journals. She is an associate editor of Decision Support Systems and founder and co-editor-in-chief of Journal of Electronic Commerce Research.

Kiang received her B.B.A. from National Chengchi University (Tiawan), M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining CSULB, she was an associate professor at Arizona State University. 

Distinguished Faculty Awards

Bobbie Nelms

College of Health
and Human Services

Bobbie NelmsBobbie Nelms loves to teach, and it’s the interaction with students that keeps her going.

For her first 23 years at the university (she joined CSULB in 1974), she taught in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program at the graduate level and taught the Human Life Cycle I course for undergraduate students. In 1998, she was assigned to teach the new undergraduate pediatric didactic and clinical courses, and in 2002, she was assigned to teach Advanced Maternal Child Nursing and the Advanced Maternal-Child Nursing Laboratory.

She has worked as a volunteer PNP in private practice and has attended numerous conferences and seminars as well as serving as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, the official journal of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. In 1999, she was selected for the CSULB Outstanding Professor Award.

“As a teacher I believe one of my most important roles is to be a positive role model—as nurse, teacher, professional—for my students,” she said. “I share with them my experiences in the clinical area, both as practitioner and as faculty member. I want the students to understand that they can contribute to the development of the profession in a variety of ways, and if I can do it, they can, too.”

She received a B.S.N. from the University of Iowa, an M.N. and Ph.D. from UCLA, a B.A. from Rutgers University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Miami.

Florence Newberger

Mathematics and Statistics
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Florence NewbergerIf it’s differential geometry and dynamical systems that pique your interest, Florence Newberger is your scholar. The expert in such systems as geodesic flows and isometric group actions, in which the geometry and the dynamics closely intertwine, enjoys the interplay between various areas of math.

“It is very exciting when an idea from algebra can be used to solve a problem in geometry,” said Newberger, who joined the university in 2001. “In my teaching, I encourage my students to recall ideas from other courses and to think about how those ideas relate to the materials they are learning now.”

Newberger served as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow in 2001-02 and worked with colleagues from other campuses to apply for and receive funding to run the Southern California Section NExT program for two years. Her duties included serving on the board of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), and in 2005, she was elected second vice program chair of the Southern California-Nevada Section of the MAA.

In fall 2004, she worked with chemistry instructor Nancy Gardner to pilot a program that helped students enrolled in “Introduction to General Chemistry” and “College Algebra.” The resulting learning community provided the students with a support group of students with like academic goals. Newberger is currently at work with colleague Saleem Watson involving the interplay between algebra and analysis.

She received a B.A. and B.S. from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Praveen Soni

College of Business Administration

Praveen SoniPraveen Soni has been teaching and conducting research in the area of marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught a variety of core and elective courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and was judged the “Outstanding Professor” by MBA students.

Soni also was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was on the Faculty Honor Roll at Tulane University. His teaching interests include marketing principles, strategic marketing management, business marketing and international marketing. Areas of research entail innovation and diffusion, business marketing, marketing relationships, advertising effectiveness, and direct marketing.

Soni has published articles in the Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, The International Journal for Research in Marketing and in the Journal of Direct Marketing, in which the article was judged as best paper.

Prior to becoming a professor, Soni earned a B.T. from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Also, he worked as a production executive and as an export executive in a large multinational corporation.

Currently, he is a member of the Academic Senate and has been chair of the University Graduate Council, the University Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee, and the Committee on Grading Options. He is keenly involved in re-accreditation activities at both the college and university levels.