Trinh K. Pham, Ph.D.
Director, Honors College

profile picture of phamDr. Pham graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Cal State LA in 2007. She was the Director of the Professional Practice Program for over three years, developing and implementing an industry-sponsored capstone program for the ECST College. She co-wrote and was awarded two $5 million grants, one to support aerospace research, and another to support research in energy and sustainability. Her experience in research extends from working with middle school students through doctoral students, with her own projects focusing on characterizing combustion processes and pollutant emissions from aircraft using optical visualization methods and laser diagnostics. Dr. Pham has extensive experience with and an immense passion for student projects and organizations, having started a Formula-One-style race team at Cal State LA, and having advised a number of other student-run projects as well as four student organizations. She was a dedicated professor, and has won four Faculty of the Year awards in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Pham joined the Honors College in September 2013, as Associate Director. Having been a product of accelerated education in primary and secondary school, she highly values and understands the need to provide gifted students with the mechanism to thrive in a challenging academic environment, surrounded by like-minded peers and mentors. As Associate Director of the Honors College, her passion for helping students achieve their goals has been evident. She has worked closely with seniors and their theses readers to help them develop original research in a wide range of disciplines and has overseen the creation of the National and International Scholarships and Fellowships Program.  As director of the Honors College, she is more proud than ever to be a part of the Honors College family.

Martin Adamian, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director, Honors College

adamian profile

Dr. Martin Adamian is the Associate Director for the Honors College. He is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at Cal State LA, where he has taught American government, constitutional law, federalism, international law, judicial process, and trial advocacy. He has taught the POLS 150 Government & American Society course for the Honors College students.

In 2006, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University where he studied Political Theory, International Rela­tions, and Environmental Politics. Prior to that he was a civil rights attorney for Constitutional Litigation Associates, P.C. in Detroit, Michigan where he litigated civil and criminal cases in federal and state court, at the trial and appellate level, including appeals to the United States Supreme Court. His research interests include civil rights & civil liberties, executive power, federalism, international law, and environmental politics. Most recently he has been researching and writing on privacy law.

Richard Maddox, Ed.D.
Director, Early Entrance Program

maddox profileRichard Maddox is the Director and principal advisor for the Early Entrance Program. He has 20 years of experience working with highly gifted early entrants and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from USC. His research centers on the importance of engagement, motivation and self-regulation in student achievement and on the important roles played by peers, parents, faculty in the development of gifted adolescents into involved citizens and scholars.



Cassidy Zimmerman
Advisor & Coordinator for National & International Scholarships and Fellowships Programs (NISFeP) and Honors Theses

cassidys pictureCassidy Zimmerman is the Advisor for National & International Scholarships and Fellowships and Honors Theses. Ms. Zimmerman joined the Honors College in October of 2013. She assists students interested in applying for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships such as the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program, Barry Goldwater Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Udall Scholarship, and more. She also supports Honors College students with their Honors theses. Ms. Zimmerman graduated with a BA in English from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and a MA in Humanities from Mount St. Mary's College. Prior to the Honors College, Ms. Zimmerman served as the West Coast Talent Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Ms. Zimmerman firmly believes students should have access to as many scholarship and fellowship opportunities as possible.

Marylu Castillo
Academic Advisor and Admissions Coordinator, Honors College

marylu profileMs. Castillo earned her BA in Psychology and her MS in Counseling, with an option in School Leadership and Counseling, from Cal State LA. Prior to becoming an academic advisor, she worked as a research assistant for the Psychology Department and as a student assistant at the University Academic Advisement Center. Her expertise in advisement encompasses general education requirements, university requirements, and university policies and procedures. As a result of her passion to promote student success on campus, she helped establish, and is a member of, the Academic Advisement Council (AAC). In addition, she sponsors several student organizations on the Cal State LA campus.


Jessica Rodriguez
Program Coordinator, Honors College

jessica profileJessica is the Program Coordinator for the Honors College. Jessica works closely with the director, faculty, students, and staff of the Honors College to make sure all operations and projects are scheduled, planned, and implemented effectively. Jessica enjoys seeing the development and high quality results of projects/events completed from beginning to end. As a proud alumna of Cal State LA, with a passion for history, all-things Game of Thrones, photography, and design, Jessica enjoys being a part of the campus community.


Isabelle Garcia
Program Assistant, Early Entrance Program

isabelle profileIsabelle is the Program Assistant for EEP and oversees the day-to-day operations of the office. She coordinates all events for the program, including the biannual (SEAA) Search for Exceptional Academic Achievement talent search program. Isabelle has been a part of Cal State LA for 4 years, and joined the EEP and Honors College in April 2011. In the spirit of growth and success within her person and the program, Isabelle has recently completed her Master's in Public Administration at Cal State LA.


Rolando Chavez Carranza
Honors Student Assistant

Deshnas pictureRolando is a Student Assistant for the Honors College. He is an Honors Scholar and Honors Ambassador, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in English with career aspirations to become a lawyer and politician. Rolando is also an NSS Student Success leader where he provides information for incoming students and assists with registration. He is an active member of both the Pre Law Society and Hermanos Unidos where he participates in various community service events. Currently, Rolando is participating in the Judicial Internship, where he has the opportunity to shadow a judge at the Civil and Criminal courts in downtown Los Angeles. In the Honors College, Rolando assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.

Benjamin Lundblade
Honors Student Assistant

Bens pictureBenjamin Lundblade is a Student Assistant for the Honors College. He is an Honors Scholar, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with the goal of working in the ER in a major hospital. He is a leader in the co-ed service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, where he actively serves the  campus, community, and nation. In the Honors College, Ben assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.


Sadie Rubalcava
Honors Student Assistant

Sadies pictureSadie is a Student Assistant for the Honors College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History. Sadie is also the Steering Committee Representative for the Academic Honors Association, the Treasurer for The Young Americans for Freedom, and along with a group of peers is creating a Young Americans for Liberty chapter. She aspires to one day be an American Government teacher at a high school or work for the federal government. She regularly engages in political debates and enjoys spreading her views to students who might have never heard of them. In the Honors College, Sadie assists the administration and Honors faculty with daily tasks, in addition to, events, recruitment, and inter-department communication.