Faculty and Staff
Title: Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Director of Keck Computational Science Center
Office: Science II Building, Room 251
Phone: (559) 278-4635
Dr. Cui Lin is currently a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at California State University, Fresno, the director of Keck Computational Science Center. Her research interests focus on the management of scientific workflows on service-oriented Cloud computing environment, and the development of data and compute intensive scientific applications. She has published many refereed international conference papers and journals, including IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) and IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (TITB). Dr. Lin is now leading new computing efforts to build up the ATLAS Tier-3 Openstack Cloud in Fresno State(108 cores, 45TB data storage), in addition to ATLAS Tier-3 Cluster (136 cores , 108TB data storage) for CSU ATLASProgram, andcollaborating with the Lawrence Berkley Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Nanjing University (NJU), University of Electronic and Science Technology of China (UESTC) and other institutions for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland. She is a member of IEEE.
Title: Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: Science Building, Room 172
Phone: (559) 278-2890
Dr. Hongwei Dong earned his doctorate degree in Urban Studies in 2010 from Portland State University. Before joining the department in August 2011, he worked as a research associate in the Center for Urban Studies at Portland State University. His research interests include land use and transportation planning and modeling, smart growth, urban spatial structure, and application of quantitative analysis and GIS in urban studies and planning.
Title: Executive Director of Office of Community and Economic Development
Phone: (559) 294-6027
Mike Dozier has been executive director of OCED since January 2009. OCED manages the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center, San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium, Smart Valley Places, and the Fresno State Connect program, which links the community to University schools and faculty. OCED also conducts the annual Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program with the University Business Center and California Association for Local Economic Development. Prior to joining OCED, Mike was assistant to the city manager/planning director with the City of Livingston, Calif., from 1985-1987; redevelopment director with the City of Atwater, Calif., from 1987-1992; and director of Community and Economic Development with the City of Clovis, Calif., from 1992-2009. Mike is a director on the following boards: Central Valley Business Incubator, San Joaquin Valley Workforce Funders Collaborative Board, California Association of Local Economic Development Board, and the University Economic Development Association. He attended and graduated from Merced College and California State University, Stanislaus with honors (Summa Cum Laude).
Hansz, J. Andrew
Title: Professor of Finance and Business Law, and Director of Gazarian Real Estate Center
Office: Peter's Business Building, Room 204
J. Andrew Hansz, Ph.D., CFA, MAI is Director of the Gazarian Real Estate Center and a full professor (with tenure) within the Department of Finance and Business Law at the California State University, Fresno. He is also a Fellow in the Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. Prior to joining Fresno State in August 2009, Dr. Hansz was an associate professor within the Department of Finance and Real Estate and the graduate advisor for the real estate programs (undergraduate, MSRE, Certificate in Real Estate Development, and Doctoral Minor in Real Estate) at the University of Texas, Arlington.
He publishes original research regularly and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Property Research, Journal of Property Investment and Finance, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, International Journal of Strategic Property Management, Appraisal Journal and Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. With Julian Diaz, III, he co-authored the textbook RealEstateAnalysis: EnvironmentsandActivities which is being adopted in academic real estate programs on a national scale. Professor Hansz is an associate editor of the Journal of Real Estate Literature, the North American editor of the International Journal of Strategic Property Management, and a frequent blind referee for several professional and academic outlets.
In the classroom, he has taught over 15 different courses in finance and real estate at the university level and numerous classes and seminars for the Appraisal Institute and other professional organizations. Dr. Hansz is active professionally with industry affiliations in the American Real Estate Society, Appraisal Institute, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, and Urban Land Institute (ULI).
The Gazarian Real Estate Center is a non-profit agency member of the ULI which has resulted in collaboration with this professional organization on a student based project called the ULI’s UrbanPlan and several real estate industry events and meetings held in Fresno. For more information on the Gazarian Real Estate Center please visit www.gazarian.info.
Title: Assistant Professor of Economics
Office: Peters Business Building, Room 315
Phone: (559) 278-4935
Dr. David Vera holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from University of California San Diego, where he specialized in macroeconomics and applied econometrics. He also holds a BA in Economics from Universidad Central de Venezuela. Dr Vera has done research and published on an array of topics such as: bank deregulation and small business lending, Taylor rules, oil shocks in oil producing countries and more recently on the Japanese economy. Dr Vera's current research agenda focuses on Japanese financial institutions. Prior to joining California State University, Fresno, Dr. Vera was a faculty member at Kent State University where he taught graduate and undergraduate macroeconomics. Dr Vera also worked as an Economist and was a visiting scholar at the Central Bank of Venezuela. Dr Vera is a very committed instructor and particularly enjoys teaching macroeconomics and econometrics. Dr Vera joined the Department of Economics in the fall of 2011.
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Business
Office: Peter Business Building, Room 311
Phone: (559) 278-5685
Dr. Pei Xu received a M.S. in applied economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Her research focuses on consumer food purchase behavior and agribusiness management strategies. Dr. Xu is working with a group of food nutrition experts from Alaska to explore the feasibility of enhancing Alaskan salmon consumption in its rural school districts. Dr. Xu's recently funded research will support her and her team to investigate the possibility of helping California dairy farmers better use futures and options contracts to improve farm level profit. Dr. Xu enjoyed teaching undergraduate agribusiness courses. In the summer of 2012, she brought 14 agribusiness students to visit China's food production and processing facilities and toured Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing.
Title: Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Office: Peter's Business Building, Room 216
Phone: (559) 278-4566
Dr. Eric Liguori is an entrepreneur, entrepreneurial advocate, and educator on faculty at California State University, Fresno where he teaches Opportunity Assessment, Social Entrepreneurship, and Contemporary Topics in Entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Liguori worked in industry for several years, most recently as a Regional Human Resource Consultant with Paychex, Inc. where he oversaw the human resource and payroll systems for over 40 SMEs representing a combined total of 1,500+ employees. Dr. Liguori's prior experience also includes coordinating leadership and professional development programs for Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a national non-profit founded by entrepreneurs Jack and Ruth Eckerd, that, with a network of over 1,400 employees operating over 40 programs across 9 states, sought to address the underserviced at-risk youth population. Dr. Liguori also spent two years working in the Florida Small Business Development Center Network (Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee offices), where he was responsible for tracking the center's economic impact, counseling local entrepreneurs on topics ranging from SBA loans to Human Resources to federal 8(a) certification, and teaching a variety of community-based courses on entrepreneurship. Through his work at the SBDC, Dr. Liguori consulted local municipalities and helped to establish two new community business resource centers, both of which greatly helped expand the centers' services further into South Florida.
Dr. Liguori researches primarily on the topics of entrepreneurial self-efficacy, entrepreneurship education, and entrepreneurial ecosystems, though he often does work in other related areas. His record for scholarship includes over 20 peer and/or editorially reviewed publications, including publications in the Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Management History, and the Encyclopedia of New Venture Management. His work has also been presented at many of the top national and international conferences on management and entrepreneurship, including the annual meetings of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Council for Small Business, and the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His work on social organizing in Chicago at the turn of the century was recognized as the best paper in its track at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Southern Management Association. In 2012, Dr. Liguori, and colleague Josh Bendickson, won 3rd place in the 3e Experiential Entrepreneurship Education competition sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at George Washington University.
Title: Government Affairs Manager, Office of Community and Economic Development
Phone: (559) 347-3908
Rachel Audino is government affairs manager for the Office of Community and Economic Development. A Visalia native, Rachel joined OCED from Kings County Association of Governments. Having held positions in both Kings and Tulare counties, she has more than four years of planning experience. Prior to her return to the San Joaquin Valley, she worked for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), an IT research institute on the University of California, San Diego campus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French literature from UCSD and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Fresno.
Title: Community and Regional Planning Center
Office: Lyles, Room 200
Phone: (559) 347-3908
Jason Waters currently serves as the Community and Regional Planning Center Director at Fresno State. Prior to working at Fresno State, Jason was an Associate Regional Planner with the Tulare County Association of Governments and a Planner with the Tulare County Resource Management Agency. He has worked on a number of planning projects during his career including the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint and the Tulare County General Plan Update.
Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 2005 and a Master of Public Administration from Fresno State University in 2008. He currently lives in Visalia, CA with his wife and daughter.
Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Social Science Building, Room 225
Phone: (559) 278-5146
Dr. Randles earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught for two years at Austin College before joining the faculty of California State University, Fresno in the fall of 2013. She specializes in the sociology of family, marriage, gender, social inequality, and qualitative methodologies. Her current research addresses how social and economic inequities affect American family life and how public policies address these intimate inequalities. Current research projects include qualitative investigations of government-supported relationship and marriage education programs for low-income couples, parenting skills and work support programs for low-income fathers, and how colleges and universities can best support student parents. She thoroughly enjoys teaching classes on family/marriage, race/ethnicity, research methods, childhood, and medicine/health and has advised numerous student research projects on family-related issues and internships in family-focused community benefit organizations.
Title: Assistant Professor of Economics
Office: Peter’s Business Building, Room 319
Phone: (559) 278-4931
Dr. Qin Fan earned her doctoral degree in Environmental and Regional Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on climate change impacts on household location choices and economic consequences. She conducts both empirical work and modeling work to simulate economic impacts due to climate-induced migration. Dr. Fan’s previous and current work on climate change impacts and adaptation is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Fan enjoys interdisciplinary research that bridges economics, natural science, and engineering. She has published in the Journal of Transportation Research Board and presented in many national and international conferences in the field of environmental economics, energy economics and climate change. Her research interests include environmental economics, regional economics, applied econometrics, and nonmarket valuation. Dr. Fan devotes her passion to teaching and mainly teaches urban& regional economics, and environmental economics.
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Office: Science II Building, Room 355
Phone: (559) 278-4061
Dr. Rosa Toro earned her doctorate degree in Psychology (Developmental Psychology emphasis) in 2010 from the University of California, Riverside. Before joining the Department of Psychology at Fresno State in July 2013, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the MacArthur Network on How Housing Matter for Families with Young Children at Tufts University. Her research interests are framed within an ecological systems perspectives and immigrant children and families. Specifically, some of her research interests are centered on the influence of housing (quality and crowding) in young children's development and the relationship involving neighborhood social process variables in the parenting-child outcomes link.
Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Social Sciences Building, Room 218
Phone: (559) 278-2275
Dr. Whitley is currently a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Fresno. Her research interests focus on food insecurity and hunger in rural and urban settings. She specifically evaluates how grocery retailing changes in the past twenty years have affected food access for low-income populations. Her data shows that grocery retailing has affected the shopping behaviors and patterns of residents, which also effects individual diet and health. She also discusses in her research how public policy is addressing the increasing hunger epidemic. She has published refereed conference papers and journals.
Title: Assistant Professor, Construction Management Program
Office: Engineering East Building, Room 132
Phone: (559) 278-6011
Wei Wu is an assistant professor in the construction management program. He received his bachelor degree in civil engineering from Hunan University, China; a master degree in environmental science from University of Oxford in the UK, and a PhD degree in design, construction and planning from University of Florida in the US. Wei has been actively engaged in scholarly publication, funded research, innovative teaching and professional services. He has been publishing in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, on topics of BIM, green building design and construction, cloud computing and information modeling and construction education. He has also been the PI and Co-PI for several internal and external grants on projects that investigated climate change impacts on building performances and community infrastructure.
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Peter's Business Building, Room 221
Phone: (559) 278-4852
Dr. Alicia Iriberri joined Fresno State in the Fall 2013. She was Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems at University Illinois, Springfield. She was Visiting Professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and teaches various MIS courses including Management of Information Systems, Business Process Integration, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Database Systems.
Dr. Iriberri co-authored four journal articles in Electronic Government: An International Journal, Research in Computing Science, Decision Support Systems, and ACM Computing Surveys. She also published 11 refereed proceedings. Professional experiences for Dr. Iriberri include Manger of Strategic Information and Business Intelligence at Seguros Serfin Lincoln and Systems Engineer at IBM de Mexico.
Dr. Iriberri holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Technology and an MS in Computer Information Systems from the Claremont Graduate University, CA. She holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Universidad Iberoamericana, México.