The M.S. in Assistive Technology Engineering program is designed and taught by CSUN faculty members in collaboration with assistive technology industry professionals who are leaders in their areas of specialization. This blend of practitioners with outstanding CSUN faculty ensures that you will graduate with a solid academic background and be well prepared for the realities of practice in the field.


Robert Conner, Ph.D.

Robert Conner is a professor in CSUN’s Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management, and specializes in advanced engineering materials. His current research interests include the physics of bulk metallic glasses and glass foams. Dr. Conner earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology, has published numerous highly-cited research papers and holds seven materials related patents. He teaches Functional Biology, Biomaterials & Design Innovation (ATE 501) in the ATE program.

Xiyi Hang, Ph.D.

Xiyi Hang is a professor in CSUN's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests include biomedical signal/image processing, machine learning and bioinformatics. Dr. Hang received both his master's and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering from Ohio State University. He teaches Instrumentation and Measurement (ATE 604).

Taeyou Jung, Ph.D., ATC., CAPE

Taeyou Jung is a professor in CSUN's Department of Kinesiology and a program director in the university's Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity, which provides internationally recognized exercise therapy and aquatic therapy services for people with special needs. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate-level classes, Dr. Jung has conducted multiple research projects involving individuals with physical disabilities. His research area is clinical biomechanics in populations with neuromuscular disabilities and, more specifically, the investigation of their balance and gait outcomes after therapeutic exercise. Dr. Jung has published several studies in field-related journals and has made presentations to both national and international professional organizations. Prior to coming to CSUN, he worked in the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center in the University of Virginia, where he earned his doctorate in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports medicine and adapted physical activity. Dr. Jung teaches Applied Biomechanics and Motor Control (ATE 603).

Li Liu, Ph.D.

Li Liu, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor with The Department of Computer Science at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He is passionate about enabling accessibility of computing. His research breaks barriers created by computing technology, especially for people with special needs. His work on building a tongue-machine interface is the first one reported on using tongue as computer input device in a non-contact way. At CSUN, he co-directs the Human Computing Lab and serves on the Scientific/Research Committee of the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Dr. Liu teaches Assistive Technology Software Applications and Development (ATE 606) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ATE 608).

Benjamin Mallard, M.S.E.E.

Benjamin Mallard is a lecturer in CSUN's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He came to the CSUN faculty with 15 years of industrial experience, which included working as a microelectronic circuit design engineer at TRW Defense and Space Systems and as an engineer specialist at Northrop Corporation. As an instructor for more than 15 years, Mr. Mallard has taught subjects covering solid-state devices, introductory circuit and network theory, electronics and data-acquisition architectures. His areas of interest include high-speed data converters, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, wideband amplifiers, low-power electronics and nanotechnology. Mr. Mallard holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He co-teaches Product Design and Development for Assistive Technology (ATE 607) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ATE 608).

George Wang, Ph.D.

George Wang is a professor in CSUN's Department of Computer Science and coordinator of software engineering program assessment. He specializes in software process, design methodologies, project management, testing, data and information management, and Web technologies. He frequently participates in international IEEE-Computer Society conferences, such as the International Conference on Semantic Computing and International Symposium on Multimedia, both as a program committee member and as a conference organizer. Prior to joining CSUN, Dr. Wang was a researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Center of Biomedical Engineering at University of California, Irvine, where he earned his doctorate in computer science and electrical engineering. Dr. Wang teaches Assistive Technology Project Management (ATE 609).