Marbella Country Club

February 2, 2017 | Orange County
6:00 PM
30800 Golf Club Dr, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Event Detail Orange County

James C. Lyons, Vice President for University Relations at Santa Clara University, cordially invites you to attend Beyond Innovation Orange County. Join us for a networking reception and brief program featuring Godfrey Mungal, Dean of the School of Engineering and Debbie Tahmassebi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Reconnect with friends and learn about the exciting innovations coming from Santa Clara University thought leaders.  

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    Featured Speakers:

    Godfrey Mungal

    Professor Godfrey Mungal was born and raised in Trinidad, West Indies and received his undergraduate education in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto (B.A.Sc. 1975, Hons.) and his graduate education in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology (M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1983). He also served on the faculty of the University of the West Indies from 1975-76 as a lecturer in Mathematics, and as a post-doctoral research fellow from 1983-85 at the California Institute of Technology, before joining Stanford University. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1986. He has served as director of the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory from 1993-97, the Associate Chair for Student Services in Mechanical Engineering from 1997-2001, the Associate Dean for Graduate Policy from 2002-2005 and a Stanford Resident Fellow from 2001-2007. He became Professor Emeritus at Stanford University in 2007, and continues his research at Stanford. Since September 2007 he serves as the Sobrato Professor and Dean of Engineering at Santa Clara University.

    In 1982 he was awarded Cal Tech's E.E. Sechler Memorial Award for teaching and research efforts in Aeronautics. In 1989 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from Stanford's Society of Black Scientists and Engineers. In 1991 he was awarded Stanford's Tau Beta Pi award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the School of Engineering Distinguished Advisor Award. In 1992 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Stanford Society of Women Engineers, and the Faculty Education Award from the Stanford Society of Chicano/Latino Engineers and Scientists. Professor Mungal's research efforts have covered supersonic and subsonic mixing and combustion, turbulent reacting jets in coflow and crossflow, image processing (volume rendering) of turbulent flow structure, drag reduction of bluff bodies, flame stability – liftoff and blowout, flow in microchannels, studies of drag reduction in boundary layers with injected polymers, and most recently, the use of pulsed plasmas to control flame stability. He is the author or co-author of over 175 refereed and conference papers in these areas; fourteen examples of his research photographs and results have appeared in magazines, books or textbooks. He is a member of the APS (Fellow), AIAA (Associate Fellow), ASME (Fellow), ASEE, and the Combustion Institute. He has served on several review panels for NIST, NSF, NASA, AFOSR and Sandia Livermore and has given several invited lectures and short courses over the world including Australia, Belgium, France, India, Italy, South Africa and Japan.

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    Debbie Tahmassebi

    Dr. Debbie Tahmassebi joined Santa Clara University in 2015 as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to coming to Santa Clara University, Tahmassebi was a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of San Diego. Over almost 20 years on the campus of USD, she served as department chair, special assistant to the provost, and associate dean of program development. Her contributions included development and support of new programs and initiatives, oversight of curricular efforts, expansion of undergraduate research, and record growth in sponsored programs.

    Tahmassebi earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Washington. As a professor, her funded research included working with USD undergraduate students to synthesize and study the structure of non-natural DNA. She has been active in many programs to increase the number of women, transfer students, military veterans, and other historically underrepresented students selecting STEM majors and careers.  

    At Santa Clara, she is excited to lead the College through some very exciting changes including the upcoming opening of the new Edward M. Dowd Art & Art History Building, and planning for a new STEM complex and Center for Arts and Humanities.

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