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School of Engineering and Computer Science

http://www.pacific.edu/eng
Phone: (209) 946-2151
Location: John T. Chambers Technology Center

Steven Howell, Dean

Programs Offered

Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Master of Science in Data Science
Master of Science in Engineering Science

MSES Concentrations

Civil Engineering (Environmental, Structural)
Computer Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Computer Science

Engineering Management
Mechanical Engineering

Mission

The mission of the School of Engineering and Computer Science is to provide a superior, student-centered learning environment that emphasizes close faculty-student interaction, experiential education, and distinctive research opportunities. Graduates will be prepared to excel as professionals, pursue advanced degrees, and possess the technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, creativity, and ethical values needed to lead the development and application of technology for bettering society and sustaining the world environment.

Graduate Program Admission Criteria

The graduate admission criteria varies for the three graduate programs in the School of Engineering and are specified for each program.  All graduate applicants must submit the following materials to the Research and Graduate Studies Office at the University of the Pacific. A completed application includes:

  1. The Graduate School application form
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Transcripts from the institution where the BS in engineering, computer science, or relevant degree was granted
  4. A personal statement on professional goals and objectives
  5. A 3.0/4.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate study
  6. For students whose first language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The minimum score for admission is 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) and the minimum score for a teaching assistantship award is 575 (paper) or 231 (computer)

General Academic Policies

Engineering and Computer Science Prerequisite Requirement

All course prerequisites in the master programs must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Courses Taken Pass/No Credit

All courses that count toward the MS in Engineering Science must be taken for a letter grade (except for thesis units).

Graduate Independent Studies

Students who have an interest in a subject not offered as a regular course and who, by their overall performance at Pacific, have proven their ability to do independent work, may consider enrolling in a graduate independent study. The qualified student should initiate discussions with his/her advisor and with a professor who is knowledgeable in the subject. If both parties are in agreement, the student must complete the Individualized Study Form and submit it to the instructor and Office of the Registrar prior to the last day to add (see University Academic Calendar). Students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in independent study courses in any department of the University. The following School of Engineering and Computer Science policies apply:

  1. The course(s) may not be substituted for a regularly scheduled course unless approved by the department.
  2. If the course is to be used as an elective, approval by the student’s advisor and the department chairperson is required.
  3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade; the pass/no credit option is not allowed for independent study courses.
  4. Each course may be taken for one (1), two (2), three (3), or four (4) units. The unit value for the course is established between the student and the professor responsible for the course. The student’s advisor should be informed of this decision.

Course Substitutions

A maximum of six units of approved advanced undergraduate courses (100 level) can count toward the MS in Engineering Science and Cybersecurity. 

School of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty

Steven Howell, Dean and Professor, 2013, BS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1976; MS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1977; PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1983.

Gary R. Martin, Assistant Dean of Administration and Professor of Cooperative Education, 1983, BA, University of California, Davis, 1981; MS, California State University, Hayward, 1982; EdD, University of the Pacific, 1987. Educational counseling and psychology, Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

Jennifer Ross, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1993, BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1988; MS in Electrical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 1990, PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 1993; Solid state, short wavelength lasers, analog circuits and devices.

Michael Doherty, Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science, 1998, BS, University of Florida, 1983; MS, University of Rhode Island, 1992; PhD University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998. Simulation, video game technology, database applications, computer graphics.

Ken Hughes, Chair and Associate Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, 1993, BS, Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985; MS, Computer Science, University of South Florida, 1989; PhD, Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida, 1994. Robotics, sensors and sensor fusion, computer vision, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, microprocessors and microcontrollers, digital systems.

Chi-Wook Lee, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, 1998, BSME, Hanyang University (Korea), 1981; MSME, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984; PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1991. Mechatronics, systems dynamics, and bio-mechanics.

Camilla M. Saviz, Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering, 1999, BSME, Clarkson University, 1987; MSME, 1989; MBA, New York Institute of Technology, 1991; PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2003. Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, water resources, hydrodynamic and water quality modeling, fluid mechanics.

Abel A. Fernandez, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Engineering Management, 2000, BS, Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1974; ME, Electric Power Engineering, 1976; MBA, 1976; PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1995. Registered Professional Engineer. Project Management, systems engineering, resource management, risk analysis and management, modeling and simulation, optimization.

Shelly Gulati, Program Director and Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2010, BS, Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; PhD, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, 2006. Microfluidics, biological fluid flow.

Rahim Khoie, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Engineering Physics Program, 2002, BSEE, 1977, Abadan Institute of Technology, Abadan, Iran; MS, 1980, University of Pittsburgh,; PhD, 1986, University of Pittsburgh. High speed electron devices, Quantum effect devices, Solid state physics, Renewable energy, Analog and digital electronics, and Embedded Systems.

William Stringfellow, Professor and Director of the Ecological Engineering Research Program , 2009, BS Environmental Health, University of Georgia, 1980; MS Microbiology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1984; PhD Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina, 1994.

Sepehr Amir-Mohammadian, Assistant Professor, 2017, B.E. in Information Technology 2009 and M.E. in Information Technology 2011, Amirkabir University of Technology, PhD in Computer Science, University of Vermont, 2017, Cybersecurity, Programming Languages, Software Security Assurance.

Elizabeth Basha, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010, BS in Computer Engineering, University of the Pacific, 2003; SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005; PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010. Sensor networks, autonomous robotics, international development.

Jeffrey S. Burmeister, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2002, , BS, University of Washington, 1996; MS, University of California, Davis, 2004; PhD, 2009; Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, physical and chemical treatment of water and wastewater.

Mary Kay Camarillo, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, 2009, BS, University of Washington, 1996; MS, University of California, Davis, 2004; PhD, 2009; Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, physical and chemical treatment of water and wastewater.

Michael Canniff, Lecturer, 2003, BS Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 1985; MS Computer Science, Syracuse University, 1990. Enterprise Resource Planning systems, database management systems, cloud computing, accounting information systems, data analytics

Daniel Cliburn, Professor of Computer Science, 2006, BS, Illinois College, 1997; MS, University of Kansas, 1999; PhD, University of Kansas, 2001. Computer graphics, visualization, virtual reality, computer science education.

Hector Estrada, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2006, BS, University of Illinois, 1993; MS, 1994; PhD, 1997. Registered Professional Engineer. Structural engineering and engineering mechanics.

Jinzhu Gao, Professor of Computer Science, 2008, BS Computer Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1995; MS Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1998; PhD Computer and Information Science, Ohio State University, 2004. Scientific visualization, computer graphics, large scale data management, data analysis and visualization, data-intensive computing, remote visualization, web-based applications.

Emma Hayes, Associate Professor of Computer Science, 2007, BS, University of Southern California, 2003; PhD, University of Southern California, 2007. Artificial Intelligence, multi-agent systems, computer science education.

Osvaldo Jimenez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, 2013, BS Computer Science, Stanford University, 2002; MA Learning, Design, & Technology, Stanford University, 2003; PhD Learning Sciences & Technology Design, Stanford University, 2013. Educational games, video game development, software engineering, human-computer interaction, computer science education.

Chadi El Kari, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, 2014, BS Computer Engineering, Université Saint Joseph 2002; MS Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2005; PhD Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2011. Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Cryptography, Combinatorial Optimization.

Mehdi Khazaeli, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Management, 2014, BS, Industrial Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2005; MS,Product Design and Management, University of Liverpool, 2009; PhD, Engineering Science, Louisiana State University, 2013. Data Analytics, Project Management, New Product Development, Building Information Modeling.

Scott Larwood, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2009, BS, Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1988; MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1993; PhD, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2009. Licensed Professional Engineer. Wind energy, fluid mechanics, vibrations, dynamics.

JuEun Lee, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2015, BSME, Korea University, 2002, MSME, Seoul National University, 2004, MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2016, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 2011, Machining for Bio/Mechanical Materials, Design of Medical Devices and Surgical Mechanical Systems

Luke Lee, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2008, BS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997; MS, University of California, Berkeley, 1998; PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2005; Registered Professional Engineer. Structural engineering and rehabilitation and monitoring of infrastructure systems.

Gary M. Litton, Professor of Civil Engineering, 1993, BS, University of California, Irvine, 1980; MS, 1990; PhD, 1993. Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, water quality, and modeling.

Jiancheng Liu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2006, BS, Taiyuan University of Technology (China), 1984; MS, 1987; PhD, Himeji Institute of Technology, now named University of Hyogo (Japan), 1996. Manufacturing, machine design.

Alyssa Maich, Lecturer, 2016, BS MSE, University of California at Davis, 2008; MS MSE, University of California at Berkeley, 2011; PhD Materials Science & Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2016; Tribology, Materials Science, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Electron Microscopy, Nanoengineering.

Cherian Mathews, Professor of Electrical and Computer, 2005, B.E. in Electrical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, 1987; MS in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1989; PhD in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1993; Statistical signal processing, Array signal processing, Real-time digital signal processing using DSP processors, Power Systems.

Scott Merry, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2010, BS, University of Arizona, 1991; MS, Purdue University, 1993; PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1995; Registered Professional Engineer, Registered Geotechnical Engineer. Geotechnical engineering, levees and slope stability, engineering management.

David Mueller, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2006; MS Electrical Engineering, 2008; PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, University of Missouri - Columbia. Semiconductor devices, Optical electronics, Computational intelligence, Robotics, Device simulation, Photovoltaics, Renewable energy, Device fabrication and characterization.

Fadi Muheidat, Assistant Professor, 2017, BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, 2000; MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Columbia, Missouri, 2015; PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2017. Computational Intelligence, Computer Networking, Embedded Systems.

Shadi Othman, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2015, BSME, Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1999, MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002, PhD in Bioengineering, University of Illinois - Chicago, tissue engineering

Vivek Pallipuram, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, BS National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India 2008; MS Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 2010; PhD Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 2013. Computer architecture, High performance computing, Cloud computing, Machine learning, Statistics, & Digital signal processing.

Tien Tran Roehling, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2013, B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, 2005; Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2010. Materials Science.

Jeffrey Shafer, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010, BS, Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, 2002; MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2004; PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2010; Computer architecture, Network systems architecture, Data-intensive computing, Cloud computing, Virtualization.

Kyle Watson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2003, BSME, Villanova University, 1995; MS, North Carolina State University, 1997; PhD, 2002. Thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, combustion.

Brian L. Weick, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1995, BSME, Union College, 1986; MSME, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1990; PhD, Materials Engineering Science, 1993. Manufacturing processes, materials science, design, tribology and viscoelasticity.

Huihui Xu, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2014, B.E., Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2006; M.S., Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2002; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL., 2006; Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Bio-instrumentation.