Current Faculty Fellows

 

Professor Florence Cassel

Florence Cassel

Johanson Fellow since 2011

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. - Soil Science and Agronomy, University of Wyoming.
M.S. + B.S. - Agricultural Engineering, Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France.

Department, School and Rank
Department of Plant Science, Jordan College of Agricultural Science and Technology, Associate Professor, Irrigation and Water Management.

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Soil and Water Management (SW 104), Irrigation Systems (SW 111)

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State?Introduce STEM students to entrepreneurship and interact and learn from other fellows.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur?
Sound technical background of product or service being developed, emergence of new technologies related to irrigation and water management, market and industry trends, product evaluation through third-party independent testing, product or service uniqueness.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Research and development (products and services)

Emailfcasselss@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.7955

Professor Mohan Dangi

Mohan Dangi

Johanson Fellow since 2010

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
MS, The Johns Hopkins University
MSc, Colorado School of Mines
BSc, Colorado School of Mines
AS, Central Wyoming College 

Department
Geography and City & Regional Planning

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
GEOG 134: Introduction to Environmental Entrepreneurship
GEOG 133: Environmental Policy Management
GEOG 129: Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG 128: Environmental Pollution

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State?
In my opinion, this is probably the most effective interdisciplinary program Fresno State has had for a while! I have always benefited mingling with colleagues from across the campus and over the years and it has provided me an opportunity to collaborate in various projects in many cross-disciplinary topics.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur?
In the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning, we offer entrepreneurship contents in number of environmental and planning courses. I would think exposing techniques of investment economy and providing knowledge of cash flow calculations/diagram early on to entrepreneurship majors is important.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Engineering Economic Analysis 

Emailmdangi@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4857
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohan-dangi-0b15b395

Professor Lizhu Y. Davis

 Lizhu Davis

Johanson Fellow since 2008

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)

Department, School and Rank 
Marketing and Logistics, Craig School of Business, Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
FM 130 Fashion Study Tours; FM 140 Fashion Entrepreneurship 

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
The best part of being a Johanson Fellow is to meet like-minded people and form great collaborative relationships.

Why should Fresno State students learn about how entrepreneurship as it applies to your discipline? 
I strongly believe that anyone wants to be a successful fashion entrepreneur must understand the fashion industry, including its products, supply chain, production and operations, market, and consumers. Since the Fashion merchandising discipline aims to prepare students for an entry-level job in fashion business, it tries to offer all the knowledge mentioned above and some basic merchandising skills. Therefore, the FM discipline can offer basic knowledge for students seeking to become a successful fashion entrepreneur. 

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
I am most interested in fashion entrepreneurship education, as well as fashion entrepreneurs’ idea recognition and startup process.

Email: lidavis@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.8755

Professor Dean Davis

Lizhu Davis

Johanson Fellow since 2015

Academic Degrees 
MBA from UNG Greensboro; BS Chemistry-Business from High Point University; BS Biology from UNC Chapel Hill

Department, School and Rank 
Management, Craig School of Business, Lecturer

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
FM 130 Fashion Studies Tours and FM 140 Fashion Entrepreneurship (no longer teaching); MGT 124 Production Operations Management (currently teaching)

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
It is an opportunity to connect with people from other disciplines and make connections outside my usual area. Although not an entrepreneur, I really like to keep up with others’ challenges and accomplishments.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
The operations management discipline offers advice for organizing, planning and improving processes focused on adding value, a goal of all entrepreneurs. It covers data-driven decision making tools, performance measures, forecasting models, product/service and process design, capacity decisions, process and layout types, work design and measurement, location selection, quality, planning tools like MRP, inventory, lean manufacturing, supply chain management, scheduling and project management. Entrepreneurs can learn some specific tools and performance measures in addition to improvement programs like Six Sigma that can help them reach their business goals.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
I believe the complex issues facing entrepreneurs can be helped with education and using certain tools, like journals for generating ideas. In operations management we discuss competition, and the need to measure, and improve performance with metrics like productivity, number of defects, on time delivery, etc. The metrics let us make data-driven decisions. Then improvement can be achieved with cyclical, stepwise procedures like Six Sigma. So, I like to present a cyclical, improvement process for entrepreneurs – the Build – Measure – Learn approach. It is one of my favorite topics, but there are others related to international sourcing, dealing with cultural differences (guanxi and face in China), and especially quality issues.

Email: dedavis@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.4012
Office: Peters Building 554

Professor Hongwei Dong

Hongwei Dong

Johanson Fellow since 2012

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. in Urban Studies, Portland State University, (2010) Master of Regional Economics,  School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (June 2004) Bachelor of Urban Planning, School of Urban Design, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (June 2001)

Department, School and Rank 
Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning, School of Social Sciences, Associate Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Geog 81, Introduction to Community Planning

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
To have the opportunity to talk to entrepreneurial students and professors on a regular basis.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
Urban entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial opportunities offered by urban economic development.

Email: hdong@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.2890
Office: Science 172

Professor A.Sameh El Kharbawy

Professor Lynn Forsythe

Hongwei Dong

Johanson Fellow since 2005

Academic Degrees 
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law; B.A., the Pennsylvania State University

Department, School and Rank 
Finance and Business Law, Craig School of Business, Full Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
BA 18, Business and the Legal Environment; BA 152, Law for Entrepreneurs  (3 unites)(Johanson Fellows Course)

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
I enjoy the process of advising and nurturing entrepreneurship students, student Fellows, and alumni as they begin their enterprises.  I also enjoy meeting with the other Faculty Fellows and discussing their courses, research interests and ventures.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
My disciplilne is business law.  Business law helps beginning entrepreneurs learn to manage risks.  Businesses often fail when the risks overrun the rewards. Entrepreneurs can learn how to reduce risks, shift risks, and take legal steps to protect against risks.  For example, an entrepreneur might want to incorporate or form a limited liability company to protect his or her personal assets. He or she might want to include exculpatory clauses or hold harmless clauses in contracts to add protection.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
It is difficult to pick just one.  I am particularly interested in protecting intellectual property, such as copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.  I am also very interested in the distinction between employees and independent contractors.

Email: lynn_forsythe@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.4956
Office: Peters Building 220

Professor Dave Goorahoo

Dave Goorahoo

Johanson Fellow

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. and MS in Soil Fertility & Soil Physics University of Guelph (1999), BS in Agriculture, University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (1990)

Department, School and Rank 
Plant Sciences, Jordan School of Agricultural Sciences & TechnologyAssociate, Associate Professor

Email: dgooraho@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.8448
Office: Ag 229A

Professor Betsy Hays

Betsy Hays

Johanson Fellow since 2006

Academic Degrees 
B.A. Journalism - Option in Public Relations - Fresno State - 1991 M.A. Mass Communication - Fresno State - 1999

Department, School and Rank 
Media, Communications and Journalism, College of Arts and Humanities, Professor and Department Chair

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Fundamentals of Public Relations - MCJ 152S, Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations - MCJ 40,Public Relations Agency Practicum - MCJ 157 and Public Relations Entrepreneurship - MCJ 177T

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Connecting with other fellows and sharing ideas -- and working with the student entrepreneurs and watching them blossom! 

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
Public relations prowess is essential to all successful business ventures!

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Developing new business.

Email: bhays@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.6154
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/betsyhays
Twitter - @BetsyHays

Professor Lisa Herzig

Betsy Hays

Johanson Fellow since 2016

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. California Institute of Integral Studies and Ph.D. in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning and Change; M.S.-University of New Mexico; B.S., University of New Mexico

Department, School and Rank 
Food Science and Nutrition, Jordan  College of Agricultural Science and Technology

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Community Nutrition, Nutrition Education and Communication, Plant-based Nutrition

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
The best part of being a Johanson Fellow is the opportunity to work with students as they explore the opportunities that entrepreneurship provides for them. Furthermore, I enjoy working collaboratively with a group of fellow professionals that are excited by challenges and are willing to think outside of the box. I appreciate the willingness to explore, discover and create new opportunities that change individuals, communities and society as a whole. 

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
The field of nutrition and dietetics allows students the chance to look at food in a whole new way. Food is medicine, food is love, food is survival. Whether it is creating new food items or community-based programs, it is imperative to meet the needs of the individuals. Exploring entrepreneurship allows students the chance to explore and discover unique ways to share the message of nutrition and health.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
The field of nutrition and dietetics allows students the chance to look at food in a whole new way. Food is medicine, food is love, food is survival. Whether it is creating new food items or community-based programs, it is imperative to meet the needs of the individuals. Exploring entrepreneurship allows students the chance to explore and discover unique ways to share the message of nutrition and health.

Email: lherzig@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.6154 

Professor James Mullooley

James Mullooley

Johanson Fellow

Academic Degrees 
PhD Anthropology, Columbia University, M.Phil Anthropology, Columbia University, MA Applied Linguistics, American University in Cairo, BA Anthropology & History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Department, School and Rank 
Anthropology, College of Social Sciences, Professor and Chair

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Anth 111 (Ethnographic Opportunity Analysis--can be taken in place of ENTR 151)

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Applying Anthropology and Entrepreneurship across campus 

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
Ethnography and Entrepreneurship are the only two fields that practice “applied induction”. Ethnographic field observations (participant observation) of potential product consumers/service users is a scientifically proven means of generating solid data.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Opportunity Analysis through Applied Induction (i.e., “thinking outside the box”).

Email: jmullooly@csufresno.edu

Professor The M. Nguyen

James Mullooley

Johanson Fellow since 2013

Academic Degrees 
PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio

Department, School and Rank 
Mechanical Engineering, Lyles College of Engineering, Associate Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
ME 135 - Senior Design I (formerly known as Engineering Product Design)

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Interaction and collaboration with other faculty 

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
• Product design process: turning ideas into concepts, realize concepts into prototypes, validate prototypes, finalize prototypes into commercial products.
• Train management skills for the previously mentioned process: time, human resources, budget, quality control, and supply chain.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Recognition of opportunity

Email : then@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.1675
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/theminhnguyen
Company: Five Microns

Professor Matin Pirouz Nia

James Mullooley

Johanson Fellow since 2019

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. in Computer Science (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Department, School and Rank 
Computer Science, College of Science and Mathmatics, Assistant Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Big Data Analytics

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
The support and networking opportunities with other fellows and the community.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
Computer Science students learn about progrmming languages and coding in general, and we train them to work in groups to solve real-world problems and gain skills transferable to their future careers.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Technology entrepreneurship

Email : mpirouz@csufresno.edu
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/matinnia

Professor Reza  Raeisi

Raeisi Reza

Johanson Fellow

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D. Computer Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio (1990), MS Computer Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio (1985)

Department, School and Rank 
Computer and Electrical Engineering Department, Lyles College of Engineering, Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Collaborate, share and apply my years of entrepreneurial experiences with my students and colleagues in the CSU Campus and having the opportunity to link with other Coleman Fellows.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
In my opinion, entrepreneurships, innovations and leaderships have instigated inside the engineering disciplines. Understanding the importance of engineering should be in minds of anyone who has passion for entrepreneurships.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
My favorite entrepreneurship topic is a certificate in Art-Business-Engineering Entrepreneurships. Creating contemporary entrepreneurship courses under one canopy within the academia (Lyles Center) to integrate students with background in variation of Arts, business and engineering disciplines should be set as the three pillars of entrepreneurship educations to be persuaded by Coleman Fellows at CSU, Fresno.

Email: rraeisi@csufresno.edu

Professon Shahab Tayeb

Raeisi Reza

Johanson Fellow since 2019

Academic Degrees 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2018)
The State Engineering University of Armenia, Masters Degree (2012) Bachelors Degree (2010)

Department, School and Rank 
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Lyles College of Engineering

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Internet of Things

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Having the support of trans-disciplinary, yet focused, group of faculty who are all interested in giving back to their communities and bettering their students’ lives.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
We teach our engineering students various technical skills and aim to equip them with teamwork experience, business, and soft-skills so that they can solve the greatest problems of our society.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Teamwork

Email: tayeb@csufresno.edu 
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/shahabtayeb

Professor Fariborz M Tehrani

Raeisi Reza

Johanson Fellow since 2013

Academic Degrees 
Ph.D., Civil Engineering - Structural Mechanics, University of California, Los Angeles (2008), Degree of Engineer, Civil Engineering - Earthquake,  University of California, Los Angeles (2003), M.Sc., Civil Engineering - Structure, University of California, Los Angeles (2002), M.Sc., Civil Engineering - Geotechnics, Amirkabir University of Technology (1993),B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (1990)

Department, School and Rank 
Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering, Lyles College of Engineering, Associate Professor

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Civil Engineering Practice and Senior Project

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Joining a community of interdisciplinary scholars and the opportunity to interact with a broad range of students interested in entrepreneurship.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
Civil engineering offers an engineered approach to project planning and organization, as well as leadership skills for sustainable and resilient endeavors.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Social businesses influencing infrastructure development

Email: ftehrani@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.1762
Website: fmtehrani.com
Office: MS EE94 and EE196

Professor Jes Therkelsen

Jes Therkelsen

Johanson Fellow

Academic Degrees 
B.A. in Geology, from Amherst College; M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) from American University; Post-Doctoral Filmmaker-in-Residence, College of William and Mary

Department, School and Rank 
Mass Communication and Journalism, College of Arts & Humanities, Assistant Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
MCJ17 Photojournalism; MCJ30 Introduction to Multimedia Production; MCJ112 Audio Storytelling; MCJ113 Studio Production; MCJ116 Advanced Production; MCJ131 Media Design

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
There are opportunities to collaborate with other Coleman Fellows around the country. Additionally, there are resources available that provide the means to promote entrepreneurial ideas in classes and to our colleagues. There are many positive results of being a Coleman Fellow.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
To carry a media project from idea to execution takes a range of creative entrepreneurial skills, including distinct organization, clear management, and the ability to problem solve. Entrepreneurs look for potential gaps or opportunities within markets and our student media-makers need to develop that same flexible perspective of their industry. I believe entrepreneurial training needs to be a more central part of arts education, as it helps to create jobs, as well as assists artists to create their own opportunities.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Social entrepreneurship.

Email: jtherkelsen@csufresno.edu

Professor Corey Whitehead

Jes Therkelsen

Johanson Fellow since 2006

Academic Degrees 
The University of Arizona, Doctor of Musical Arts (2002), Master of Music (1993), and Bachelor of Music (1991)

Department, School and Rank 
Music, College of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Music, Fretted Chordophones (Guitar, Lute, Vihuela, Bass and Viola de Gamba)

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
Entrepreneurship in the Arts

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
Teaching students how to make a living as an independent artist.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
The opportunities that exist to make a living creating and performing music.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Music Registration, Licensing, and Royalty Administration.


Email: cwhitehead@csufresno.edu 
Work Phone: 559.278.2670
Cell Phone: 559.304.1444
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corey-whitehead-3974bb44/

Professor Wei Wu

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Johanson Fellow since 2015

Academic Degrees 
PhD in Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, USA, 2010,MSc in Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford, UK, 2005, BEng in Built Environment and Equipment Engineering, Hunan University, China, 2004

Department, School and Rank 
Construction Management, Lyles College of Engineering,  Associate Professor

Courses taught with entrepreneurship components
CM191T: Building Information Modeling for Construction Management

What is the best part of being a Johanson Fellow at Fresno State? 
It's a privilege, simply put. To work with a group of leaders in the field of entrepreneurship with the resources provided by the Lyles Center, it is a bless to be part of the process that promotes entrepreneurship on our campus, and cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs among our students.

What does your discipline offer to students seeking to learn more about how to become a successful entrepreneur? 
Construction industry is one of the largest industries in this country which accounts for 9% of the GDP. Approximately 7.7 million people are employed in this industry. Construction industry is also one of the most exciting industries that involve a broad spectrum of stakeholders, attract a diverse group of talent in science, engineering, technology and business, and cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship.

What is your favorite entrepreneurship topic? 
Construction Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the topic I'm interested in. Just like social media that is revolutionizing our daily life, Construction ICT is reshaping the construction industry fundamentally by transforming the way we do business.

Email: weiwu@csufresno.edu 
Phone: 559.278.6011
Office: Engineering East, Room 132