Virgil A. Seaman, Ph.D.
I have been teaching at California State University since fall of 1987. I attended Indiana State University where I completed my M.A. in Industrial Arts Education and my Ph.D. in Secondary Education/Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Industrial and Technology Education.
As a Professor in the Department of Technology, my duties include teaching, committee service on campus, outreach to community colleges and high schools, and advisement. I served six (6) years as Chair of the department and have been deeply involved with curricular change in the department.
Since November 2005, I have been working with many colleagues and friends on and off campus, writing grants and attending numerous meetings all directed toward the completion of a hydrogen fueling station as part of the California Hydrogen Highway. Construction of the $4.4 million dollar station on our campus is near completion slated to open in 2013. This station will greatly enhance the visibility of our campus and support the Power, Energy, and Transporation concentration in the B.S. Industrial Technology program. You can witness the progress across the street from parking Lot 10 by the Engineering and Technology building. To view a rendering of the station, click on the Hydrogen Station link in the upper left corner of this web page.
Finally, the reason for my success here at Cal State L.A. can be attributed to the wonderful and caring professors that I had when I was a graduate student at Indiana State University. Their support and guidance have greatly influenced my approach to helping motivate and guide students in our Industrial Technology program.
My teaching interests are in Computer-Integrated Design which is one of the five concentrations in the Industrial Technology program. Within this concentration my intent is to open your eyes as an Industrial Technology major to make you aware of Product Lifecycle Managment (PLM) and Product Data Management (PDM).
Simple advice: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice!"