Mechanical Engineering (323) 343-4490


Neda S. Fabris

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

Contact: (323) 343-5218

E-mail: nfabris@calstatela.edu

Dr. Fabris is an expert in manufacturing processes, friction, wear, statistical process analysis and control, and manufacturing design. Fabris is also an accomplished speaker on engineering professions to engineering and non-engineering audiences. In 1998, Fabris was awarded the Manufacturing Educator of the Year Award (Region 12) by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and in 2001, the U.S. Engineering Educator of the Year from the Society of Women Engineers.

Fluent in: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian.


Stephen F. Felszeghy

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Contact: (323) 343-4495

E-mail: sfelsze@calstatela.edu

Dr. Felszeghy’s areas of expertise include solid mechanics, finite element methods, mechanical vibrations and dynamics. He was one of several faculty advisers who helped develop Cal State L.A.’s award-winning Solar Eagle, a solar-powered electric car.


Lih-Min Hsia

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., UC Davis

Contact: (323) 343-4497

E-mail: lhsia@calstatela.edu

Dr. Hsia is available to speak to the local Chinese community on various subjects. He is often quoted regarding his accomplishments in the development of inflatable structures for JPL. He also has extensive experience in working with students on industry-sponsored projects. Before joining the Cal State L.A. faculty, he was a member of the technical staff of Hughes Aircraft Company.

Fluent in: Mandarin.


Raymond B. Landis

Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4500

E-mail: rlandis@calstatela.edu

Dr. Landis is a nationally-recognized expert in student development and student retention in engineering. He founded the first Minority Engineering Program (MEP) in California at CSU Northridge in 1973. Widely-published, he is a frequent speaker on minority engineering education and engineering careers. He published a highly-successful textbook for freshman engineering students, Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career. Dr. Landis was part of Cal State L.A.’s award-winning Solar Eagle (solar vehicle) project team. He received the 1999 CSU Wang Award of Excellence in Administration and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


Ram Manvi

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Washington State University

Contact: (323) 343-4496

E-mail: rmanvi@calstatela.edu

Dr. Manvi is an expert on thermal systems engineering, advanced energy systems, space technologies and decision analysis and risk in engineering.

Fluent in: French, Hindi.


Richard D. Roberto

Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering; M.S., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4477

Professor Roberto is a registered professional mechanical engineer, with expertise in machine design, dynamics and vibrations. He was the chief engineer and faculty adviser in the development, manufacturing and racing of Cal State L.A.’s award-winning solar-electric land vehicle, the Solar Eagle. In 1991, he was selected as the Cal State L.A. Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the School of Engineering and Technology and was named Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor for 1991-92.


Adel A. Sharif

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., UC Irvine

Contact: (323) 343-4490

E-mail: aasharif@calstatela.edu

Dr. Sharif’s areas of expertise include high-temperature structural materials, machine design, materials science and engineering, dislocation theory, ceramics, and intermetallics.


Chivey C. Wu

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., University of Illinois

Contact: (323) 343-4489

E-mail: cwu@calstatela.edu

The areas of Dr. Wu’s expertise are aeronautics and computer-aided design and analysis. He is the co-principal investigator for both the NASA University Research Center at Cal State L.A., and the Multidisciplinary Flight Dynamics and Control Laboratory (funded by USAF). He was also the faculty adviser for aerodynamics in the production of Cal State L.A.’s solar-electric cars, the Solar Eagles between 1988 and 1997.