Leadership and Staff

Director
CITRIS
Joshua Viers joined the CITRIS leadership as the Director at UC Merced in August 2013. Prior to joining UC Merced, Dr. Viers served as the Executive Associate Director at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, which is California's premier think tank on California water issues. His expertise in the use of geospatial technologies and informatics is used...
Associate Director
CITRIS
Dr. Stefano Foresti is the Associate Director of CITRIS at UC Merced. He has over 20 years of experience navigating the different worlds of academia, business and government. His work brings together teams to solve complex information technology problems in medicine, cyber-security, and collaboration; leading to new patents, products and publications.As Director of Innovation at...
Program Analyst
CITRIS
Brittany joined the CITRIS team as the Program Analyst in July, 2015.  She provides overall departmental support and works closely with the UC Merced CITRIS Director, Associate Director, staff, students, and associated CITRIS faculty.  Brittany manages the CITRIS finances, grants: Pre-Award & Post-Award, organizes and executes CITRIS events, manages student-staff and interns, submits...
Mobile App Challenge Coordinator
CITRIS
Myka Alejandre is the program coordinator for the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge at UC Merced. She works to plan and direct the activites of the Mobile App Challenge, including event coordination and collaboration with faculty and staff.Myka is a local from Atwater, California, and is currently a junior studying Computer Science and Engineering. She spends her spare time volunteering...
Web Developer
CITRIS
Mark Santiago is a student web developer for CITRIS at UC Merced. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UC Merced. Mark also has a strong interest in Quamtum Physics, and plans to move his future career towards Computer Sceince and Physics. In his free time, Mark enjoys dancing, playing tennis, catching Pokémon, and playing...

Faculty Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering
Elliott Campbell has already received nationwide attention for a recent study concluding that the United States could meet up to 6 percent of its energy needs with biofuels produced on “marginal” ag land.“It’s been suggested that biofuels production on prime agricultural land could accelerate global climate change,” Campbell explained. “We looked at what we call marginal land –...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Stefano Carpin received his “Laurea” (MSc) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Padova, Italy in 1999 and 2003, respectively. From 2003 to 2006 he held faculty positions with the International University Bremen, Germany. Since 2007 he has been with the School of Engineering at UC Merced, where he established and leads the...
Founding Faculty & Professor
Cognitive and Information Sciences
Teenie Matlock is Founding Faculty, Professor of Cognitive Science, and McClatchy Chair of Communications in the Cognitive and Information Sciences Program at University of California, Merced. She is also Affiliate Faculty in the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at UC Berkeley, and Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Computer Science.Her research is a...

Student Interns

Mobile App Challenge Coordinator
CITRIS
Myka Alejandre is the program coordinator for the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge at UC Merced. She works to plan and direct the activites of the Mobile App Challenge, including event coordination and collaboration with faculty and staff.Myka is a local from Atwater, California, and is currently a junior studying Computer Science and Engineering. She spends her spare time volunteering...
Solar Powered Kiosk Intern
CITRIS
Johnathan is the Solar Powered Kiosk Intern for CITRIS at UC Merced. He is working on a project to create a kiosk on campus that will allow students a place to stop, chat, charge their cellphones and learn about CITRIS projects, all powered by the sun. Johnathan is interested in skiing, swimming and football, and he tutors math and science at the College of the Canyons back home in Santa...
Project Management & Information Security Awareness Intern
CITRIS
Steven Dinh is the Project Management & Information Security Awareness Intern for CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at UC Merced. During his time as an intern, Steven’s personal project is to research and host the first annual Information Security Symposium at the university. The overall objective of this event is to provide opportunities for the community to increase their knowledge...
Mobile App Challenge Coordinator
CITRIS
Deo Halili is the student Outreach Mobile App Challenge Coordinator for CITRIS at UC Merced. Deo is responsible for organizing the guest speaker series, providing guidance to MAC student teams, and meeting with fellow students, staff and faculty for MAC. A Merced local, Deo is currently a 4th year majoring in Computer Science Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Netflix and...
Sophie Vo assists with business analysis on projects for CITRIS at UC Merced. She is a third-year majoring in Management and Business Economics and minoring in Political Science. She is the founder and currently serves as Secretary-General of UCM's Model United Nations team. Prior to joining CITRIS, she interned at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Merced, where she launched...

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Faculty and Researchers

Professor
School of Engineering
Dr. Bales joined the University of California, Merced, as Professor of Engineering in June 2003, and is one of UC Merced's inaugural faculty. Dr. Bales received his B.S. from Purdue University, an M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He worked as a consulting engineer from 1975 to 1980, prior to his Ph.D., and was...
Associate Professor
School of Natural Sciences
Miriam Barlow is a professor of molecular cell biology. Her resarch interests include evolution of bacteria, predicting the evolution of antibiotic resistance, and testing evolutionary theory.
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering
Elliott Campbell has already received nationwide attention for a recent study concluding that the United States could meet up to 6 percent of its energy needs with biofuels produced on “marginal” ag land.“It’s been suggested that biofuels production on prime agricultural land could accelerate global climate change,” Campbell explained. “We looked at what we call marginal land –...
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering
"My basic research interests are in machine learning. Most recently, I have been working on topics in the intersection of optimisation and machine learning, in particular in learning algorithms for deep neural nets and for nonlinear embeddings. Other topics of interest are dimensionality reduction/manifold learning, clustering, denoising and other unsupervised learning problems, and mean...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Professor Cerpa's broad interests lie broadly in the computer networking and distributed systems areas. His recent focus has been systems research in wireless sensor networks, with emphasis in wireless radio channel measurement and modeling, link quality estimation, routing algorithms, topology control, and programming models. Professor Cerpa is also interested in Internet protocols and...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
YangQuan Chen received the B.S. degree in industrial automation from the University of Science and Technology of Beijing, Beijing, China, in 1985, the M.S. degree in automatic control from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree in advanced control and instrumentation from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore, in 1998. Dr....
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Yihsu Chen is an associate professor at University of California Merced.  He holds a joint appointment with School of Engineering and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. He is also affiliated with UCE3 (University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics), and SNRI (Sierra Nevada Research Institute).  Dr. Chen received his B.S. degree from Tunghai...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Professor Chin's studies have focused on the application of polymer physics, microfabrication and engineering principles to biological systems. The application of the theory and tools from engineering in his work has initiated many innovative and productive research projects. These studies have brought us a better understanding of natural phenomena from the unique perspective of...
Professor
School of Natural Sciences
The past century has seen tremendous progress in determining the biochemical and biophysical processes that constitute life. One exciting consequence of this understanding is the possibility of developing mathematical models of biological function that are accurate and even predictive. Professor Colvin's research uses a wide range of simulation methods to model biological systems at...
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Lilian Davila is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering. She received her Ph.D in 2005 from the University of California, Davis. Her current research interests include the structure of materials, nanostructures and nanomaterials for applications in technology and medicine, and biomaterials and environmental materials.
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
Robin DeLugan is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Merced. She is interested in community building, collective identity and belonging. Her research on postwar nation building in El Salvador traces new attention to historical exclusions, past state violence, and how globalization (including migration) and neoliberalism affect the meaning of national belonging in the...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Research Interests: Renewable Energy Conversion Dynamic Simulation and Control of Thermal Systems Biomass Gasification SOFCs Artificial Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithm for Optimization of Thermal Components Education: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2000 – University of Notre Dame M.S. Mechanical...
Associate Director
CITRIS
Dr. Stefano Foresti is the Associate Director of CITRIS at UC Merced. He has over 20 years of experience navigating the different worlds of academia, business and government. His work brings together teams to solve complex information technology problems in medicine, cyber-security, and collaboration; leading to new patents, products and publications.As Director of Innovation at...
Assistant Dean
School of Engineering
Professor German Gavilan is the Chief Scientist at CITRIS UC Merced and also serves the assistant dean in the School of Engineering. He manages undergraduate academic programs, infrastructure and planning.
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Professor Guo's research includes the methodological and applied aspects of geographical information science. On methodological front, he mainly focuses on: Geocomputation Remote sensing techniques Spatial analysis On the applied front, Professor Guo is interested in the application of geospatial techniques in solving large-scale ecological and...
Professor
School of Engineering
Tom Harmon is Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering and Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced. He is also affiliated with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He directs contaminant transport observation and management research for the National Science Foundation Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at UCLA, and maintains an adjunct position in...
Associate Professor
Natural Sciences
Professor Kim is interested in interdisciplinary research problems at the interface between mathematics, science and engineering. In particular, he studies wave propagation in random media with applications to biomedical optics and wireless communications. This research includes the study of differential and integral equations, asymptotic analysis, scientific computing and inverse...
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Min Hwan Lee is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering. Dr. Lee’s main research interest resides in developing high energy-density, small-scale energy conversion/storage devices through materials engineering. Main applications of interest include micro-solid oxide fuel cell and ionic batteries. His research focus is directly aligned with the CITRIS mission of finding viable...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Professor Lu's research is focused on the synthesis of novel functional nanomaterials, particularly employing self-assembled macromolecules as templates to control and scale these nanostructures and explore their applications in biosensing and renewable energy. One of her current topics is to create catalytically active nanoparticles with controlled size and composition at spatially...
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Yanbao Ma is an assistant professor in the school of engineering. He graduated with a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Ma's current research interests include mesoscale non-diffusive heat transfer, mesoscale mass and energy transport in energy systems, thermal management of electronics and energy systems, and environment-friendly water desalination...
Professor
School of Engineering
Paul P. Maglio is a Professor of Technology Management and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Merced, and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego. One of...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Ashlie Martini's research focus is application of atomic-scale models and micro-scale friction measurements to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena. Current areas of active research include: Atomic-scale friction Thin film lubrication Solid lubrication and coatings Materials for extreme environments Cellulose...
Founding Faculty & Professor
Cognitive and Information Sciences
Teenie Matlock is Founding Faculty, Professor of Cognitive Science, and McClatchy Chair of Communications in the Cognitive and Information Sciences Program at University of California, Merced. She is also Affiliate Faculty in the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at UC Berkeley, and Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Computer Science.Her research is a...
Associate Professor and Founding Faculty
School of Natural Sciences
My research addresses fundamental questions in nonlinear dynamics and its application to classical, semiclassical and quantum physics, especially to atomic physics. Nonlinear dynamics has historically played a fundamental role in explaining diverse and complex atomic processes, a role which in turn has stimulated numerous theoretical advances in classical and quantum chaos. This trend...
Professor
School of Engineering
Micheal F. Modest is a professor of Mechanical Engineering. His current research interests include radiative heat transfer, heat transfer in combustion, and heat transfer in hypersonic plasma. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded a special issue on Radiative Heat Transfer, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer in honor of his 65th...
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
Ruth Mostern is an associate professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced. Since joining the UC Merced faculty in 2004, a year before the opening of the campus, she has launched academic programs, research centers, and even a faculty senate committee. She presently directs three programs at UC Merced: the Interdisciplinary...
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Dr. Newsam is an assistant professor in the school of engineering at the University of California, Merced. He joined UC Merced as a founding faculty in July of 2005 after being selected from a pool of over 13,000 applicants for one of 60 inaugural positions. From September 2003 to June 2005, he was a post-doctoral researcher with the Sapphire Scientific Data Mining group in the...
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
David C. Noelle is Associate Professor in the Cognitive and Information Sciences program at the University of California, Merced. He is also a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate group. Research Interests: Computational cognitive neuroscience Connectionism Cognitive control Learning from direct instruction...
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Florin is originally from the city of Cluj-Napoca in the historical region of Transylvania, Romania. He received a B.Eng. degree in 2004 from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Automation and Computer Science under the supervision of Sergiu Nedevschi. In 2005, he joined the graduate program in Computer Science at the University of Florida where he received a M.Sc. degree...
Professor
School of Engineering
Having trouble recovering from a knee injury or a stroke? Bothered by noise in an airplane? For these problems and many more, UC Merced mechanical engineering Professor Jian-Qiao Sun is working on research answers. He's worked on the development of smart devices for physical therapy, like a knee brace that can be programmed to the optimal amount of resistance, then adjust...
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
School of Natural Sciences
The elegant swirls and arcs of solar coronal loops may enchant space fans, but the math that helps explain them is the territory of Professor Mayya Tokman. Among her many areas of interest in applied mathematics, she has worked on modeling large-scale behavior of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, including the evolution of solar coronal loops in the solar atmosphere. Tokman also...
Vice Chancellor for Research
School of Natural Sciences
Research Interests  Using a wide range of analytical methods (infra-red spectroscopy, electron microsocpy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy), Professor Traina's group studies: Chemical transformations of pollutants in soils, surface and ground water Linkages between chemical form or speciation of particular pollutants and their relative...
Professor
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
Theofanis "Fanis" Tsoulouhas is a professor of financial management. His research interests include corporate finance and entrepreneurship, applied tournament theory, contract theory and the economics of information.
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
Alex Whalley is faculty lead for the Analytics of Prosperity theme within the UC Merced Blum Center. As an associate professor of economics in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, his research focuses on the economics of the public sector. Dr. Whalley has studied the role of political institutions in policymaking, the effects of universities on regional growth, and the...
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Ming-Hsuan Yang is an assistant professor in EECS at University of California, Merced. He received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He studied computer science and power mechanical engineering at the National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, computer science and brain theory at the University of Southern California, and...

CITRIS Alumni

Administrative Analyst
CITRIS
From 2013 to 2015, Rosalina provided office administrative assistance to the UC Merced CITRIS Director and faculty associated to UC Merced. She provided support for CITRIS activities including our weekly seminars and special events, as well as working closely to coordinate the Mobile App Challenge. She also served as an administrative liason with our...
Web Developer
CITRIS
Kian Bradley was the student web developer for CITRIS @ UC Merced from 2014-2016. In addition to managing the CITRIS website, Kian worked closely with Leigh Bernacchi to develop and maintain the website of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative.Originally from Elk Grove, California, Kian graduated with a degree in Computer...
Digital Data Ownership Intern
CITRIS
Hoaithi Dang is the Digital Data Ownership Intern for CITRIS at UC Merced. His work centers around research exploring the potential of an emerging technology, the blockchain, to empower data privacy. Nothing excites him more than uncovering the intersection between technology, people, and the capacity for social change. Dang was born and raised in San Jose, in the heart of the Silicon...
Mobile App Challenge Coordinator
CITRIS
While at Citris, Nick performed a variety of duties including the analyses of Citris research and supporting and coordinating Citris events. He also participated in the Mobile App Challenge.Since graduating in 2014 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Management, Nick has worked at Shift Technologies, a high growth startup in the automotive industry based in San Francisco. ...
Research Assistant
CITRIS
Jefferson Laird joined CITRIS as a junior research specialist in 2014 under Dr. Joshua Viers. He graduated from UC Merced in May 2014 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. He has worked with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute on various projects including the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory...
Graphic Designer / Media Intern
CITRIS
Currently a human biology student at UC Merced, Sweta Yonjan is the media and graphic designer for Citris at UC Merced. She specializes in the media department by capturing pictures at Citris events, producing videos, and creating: posters, brochures, logos, animations, and a multitude other content. 
Web Developer
CITRIS
Matthew Bucci was CITRIS at UC Merced's first student web developer. He created the CITRIS and Mobile App Challenge websites using Drupal, created the theme from scratch using a Bootstrap template, and learned to handle performance issues through the use of a ramdisk for cacheing. He currently works as a web developer...
Digital Media Designer
CITRIS
Shon Shabari was CITRIS's student graphic designer, creating logos, banners, videos, and promotional material for CITRIS and many of our projects. He also was a key element in coordinating the 2014 and 2015 Mobile App Challenges.