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Dr. Amelito Enriquez COMETS Principal Investigator
Dr. Wenshen Pong COMETS Co-PI
Dr. Hamid Shahnasser


Dr. Hamid Mahmoodi COMETS Co-PI
Dr. Hao Jiang


Dr. Cheng Chen COMETS Co-PI
Dr. Ozkan Celik Faculty Mentor
Mr. Paul Grams

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Dr. Wenshen Pong

Dr. Wenshen PongBio: Dr. Pong received his Ph.D. degree in Civil/Structural engineering   from SUNY-Buffalo, in 1994. He is currently a professor of Civil Engineering in the SFSU School of Engineering. His research interests focus on structural control and earthquake engineering.  Dr. Pong has published over fifty refereed journal or conference proceeding articles since he joined SFSU. Dr. Pong has received funding supported by the NSF, NASA, Department of Education, CSU, and private sectors.   Overall, Dr. Pong has brought over $1.2 million of funding to SFSU and have participated in grants of over $1.8 million as a PI or Co-PI.   Dr. Pong is a registered Professional Engineer in California.  He is a member of ASCE, SEOAC, ASEE and AISC. He actively interacts with professionals in various engineering communities and has served as a consultant for various engineering projects.

Areas of specialization:

  • Seismic Retrofit and New Construction
  • Structural Dynamic Analysis & Design
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Structural Control Technology

Dr. Hamid Shahnasser

Dr. Hamid ShahnasserBio: Dr. Shahnasser received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1989. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at San Francisco State University School of Engineering. Prior to that Dr. Shahnasser studied and worked as a research staff at Carnegie-Mellon and McGill Universities. Dr. Shahnasser's research interests are in the area of Computer Systems & Communication Networks, and his research and educational work has been funded by NSF, NSA, NASA Ames research center, Department of Education, as well as local industries.

Areas of specialization:

  • Computer and Communications Networks
  • Vehicular Ad hoc Networks
  • Network Design and simulations
  • Emerging new network applications
  • Network security

Dr. Hamid Mahmoodi

Dr. Hamid MahmoodiBio: Dr. Mahmoodi received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2005. He is currently an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the SFSU School of Engineering. His research is well published in conferences and journals and has resulted in several patents. He was a recipient of the 2006 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award and the Best Paper Award of the 2004 International Conference on Computer Design. He is a technical program committee member of International Symposium on Low Power Electronics Design and International Symposium on Quality Electronics Design.

Areas of specialization:

  • Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits and systems
  • Low power and high performance digital integrated circuits and architectures in nano-scale technologies
  • Design for reliability in nano-scale technologies
  • Design solutions for emerging nanotechnologies

Dr. Hao Jiang

Dr. Hao JiangAssistant Professor in Electrical Engineering
Discipline:      High Frequency Integrated Circuits Design

Office:             Science Building 213C
Phone:                        415-338-6379
Fax:                 415-338-0525

Ph.D,   Electrical Engineering, University of California at San Diego 2000
B.S.      Materials Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing 1994

Bio: Hao Jiang has been with San Francisco State University since August 2007 as an assistant professor in electrical engineering. Prior joining SFSU, he worked for Broadcom Corporation, Jazz Semiconductor and Conexant Systems Inc. as a radio-frequency integrated circuits designer and a device compact modeling engineer.

His research interests are in the general area of high frequency integrated circuit design. He is particular interested in ultra-low-power RFIC design using MEMS technology for biomedical applications. 

Dr. Cheng Chen

Dr. Cheng ChenBio: Dr. Chen received his B.S. degree in 1999 and M.S. degree in 2002 from Tongji University, Shanghai China. After he received his Ph.D. degree in Structural engineering from Lehigh University in 2007, he served as post-doctoral research associate and research engineer at the Lehigh NEES RTMD Site in 2008 and 2009. He is currently an assistant professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests focus on advanced experimental techniques, structural dynamics, seismic hazard mitigation, seismic reliability and fire structural engineering. Dr. Chen has published over forty refereed journal or conference proceeding articles. He is a member of ASCE, EERI, AISC, ASEE and NEES Com.

Areas of specialization:

  • Hybrid Simulation;
  • Numerical Methods for Structural Dynamics and Real-Time Structural Testing;
  • Smart Structures and Materials for Hazard Mitigation;
  • Fire Structural Engineering;
  • Performance Based Earthquake Engineering.