February 10, 2015
Kee Moon, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Moon received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a mechanical engineering professor at SDSU and a Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), a partnership with the University of Washington and MIT. His primary research interests are in smart sensor and actuator technology and integrated systems. He has been active for creating new knowledge viavarious inventions including an innovative manufacturing technology ofnovel 3D organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and organic photovoltaic(PV) cells. His current research activities include the development for ultrasonic recharging technology for implantable medical device as well as brain-computer-interface (BCI) technology. He is the recipient ofthe 2010 San Diego State University Top 25 Award and 2011 San DiegoState University Monty Award. Before joining San Diego State University faculty in August 2005, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University.
Faramarz Valafar, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Informatics & Computer Science
WGS and Variant Analysis, Epigenetics, Pattern Recognition, Datamining, Parallel and Distributed Processing, Computer Architecture. Genetic basis and evolutionary consequences of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), WGS and Variant Analysis, Pathogenesis of Drug Resistance in Mtb.
Bill Tong, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bill Tong, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, joined SDSU as an associate professor in 1985 after working as a post-doctoral research fellow for one year at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy. In 1989, five years after receiving his Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 1984), he was promoted to full professor. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. students (UCSD-SDSU) and 20 Master’s students and hosted many postdoctoral students and visiting scientists/professors. He has been awarded major research grants by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (R01), U.S. Department of Defense (CCAT), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Lockheed Martin, Beckman, Varian, Johnson and Johnson, CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology and other funding agencies. He holds patents on nonlinear laser methods. He regularly serves on NIH and NSF review panels and study sections. He also serves on editorial boards and reviews for many international research journals.
He was named the 2003 Distinguished Scientist (San Diego Region) by the American Chemical Society. He was named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2005. He received the Albert Johnson University Research Award, SDSU’s top research award, in 2005, and the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sigma Xi Research Society. He also received the 2008 SDSU President Leadership Award. He was awarded Outstanding SDSU Faculty Awards in 1990, 1991 and 2000, and the SDSU Technology Innovation Award in 2002. His research projects have been reported by Analytical Chemistry, Applied Spectroscopy (cover story), San Diego Union-Tribune (front page) and San Diego TV stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, KUSI, KPBS, UCSD-TV and University of California-TV).