William “Bill” Bellows, Ph.D.

Dr. Bellows is Deputy Director of the W. Edwards Deming Institute in Washington, D.C. He has more than 30 years of engineering management experience, including 26 years with Aerojet Rocketdyne, where he applied his novel approach of “thinking together about thinking” to virtually all aspects of engineering management.

Bellows earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Thanks to seminars with W. Edwards Deming and personal mentoring from Russell Akoff and Genichi Taguchi, I have a special fondness for systems thinking and varying interpretations of quality management. In this program, I share lessons learned in these disciplines, with applications to design, manufacturing, and procurement—as well as research and development—and look forward to engaging students who can stretch their thinking beyond ‘business as usual.’

Bruce W. Davis, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Davis is an adjunct professor at CSUN and Grand Canyon University. He is a certified by the Society for Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute. Dr. Davis has occupied several senior-level positions with public and private sector employers including the County of Los Angeles and PSI, LLC in Burbank, CA. He is currently providing services to several governmental agencies with Regional Government Services.

Dr. Davis earned his Doctorate in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) with a Minor in Management from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, and the Society of Human Resources Management.

My teaching philosophy is to take theories and concepts and apply them to real-life settings. With changing population demographics and a dynamic business environment, it is key that managers are equipped with the tools that will make them successful in the workplace.

Dale S. Deardorff, D.M.

Dr. Deardorff is an adjunct instructor and part-time CSUN faculty member. He is also a certified instructor for Davis & Dean Project Management and Project Leadership simulation programs, as well as Director of Innovation and Strategic Thinking at the Rocky Peak Leadership Center. In addition, he is a DeVry/Keller Management Facilitator for Project Management and Human Resources & Communication in Project Management.

As a project/program manager at several Boeing divisions, Deardorff worked with high-technology teams on power, propulsion, defense, and communication systems. He also served as a manufacturing designer at Lockheed Aircraft’s Skunk Works facility.

Deardorff earned his Executive Jurist Doctorate with an emphasis on intellectual property from Concord Law School in Los Angeles, and received his Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Both his Master of Science in Automation Engineering (CIAM) and his Master of Arts in 2-Dimensional Design degrees are from CSUN.

My goal is to help others learn how (not what) to think by facilitating the process of leading them to discovery. My passion is helping organizations to move forward by becoming more effective and efficient in the ways that they communicate, work and interact.

Ghassan “Gus” H. Elias, M.S.

Ghassan H. Elias is an assistant professor in CSUN’s Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management (MSEM). He is also a part-time faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona.

In 2005, Elias served as the director of the online graduate program in CSUN’s Department of Engineering. That same year, he received CSUN’s prestigious Volunteer Service Award.

Elias consults on a range of topics, including risk analysis, six-sigma and lean manufacturing, quality assurance, statistics, innovation and inventory management. He also belongs to a number of associations, such as the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Student Association of Materials and Processing Engineers (SAMPE).

In addition, Elias is a commissioned Notary Public in the State of California and is fluent in both Arabic and English. He enjoys the outdoors, automotive & mechanical repair, yard work, motorcycles, exposure to different cultures, arts and classical music.

Elias earned both his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from CSUN.

S. Jimmy Gandhi, Ph.D.

An assistant professor in CSUN’s Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management (MSEM) department, Dr. Gandhi is also Director of the University’s Ernie Schaeffer Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

With nearly a decade of innovation and entrepreneurship teaching experience, Gandhi conducts research in supply-chain management, sustainability, and engineering education, with over 50 conference and journal publications. He is also an editor of three books on systems engineering, including an engineering management handbook, for which he received an award from the American Society for Engineering Management in 2016.

Gandhi earned his B.S. in Engineering Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and obtained his M.S. in Engineering Management from CSUN. In 2010, he received his doctoral degree in engineering management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he served as a post-doctoral research scholar in Sustainability.

Change is the only constant in today’s business environment. Thus, the development of an entrepreneurial mindset—which is emphasized in this program—is an invaluable asset for 21st century business professionals.

Sean Keyani, MBA

Sean Keyani has been with CSUN’s Department of Marketing since 2007. He earned his Masters in Engineering Management and his MBA in Marketing/Finance from California State University, Northridge. His professional certifications include ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence and ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. Sean's industry experience spans over three continents, working in the aerospace, automobile and food industries in Technical Sales, Customer Service, Product Support, Product Development, and Program Management. Sean has experience working with and leading cross-functional, multi-cultural teams on complex and global projects. His research interests include applications of Fuzzy AHP model in Marketing, consumerism, advances in marketing instruction and online user data collection.

I believe my role as an instructor is to help the students think beyond the textbook and the classroom. This encourages greater engagement and participation, facilitates discussions and, most importantly, expands students’ horizons. Understanding the course content is as important as being able to see its application in real life.

Ahmad R. Sarfaraz, Ph.D.

CSUN professor and chair of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management department, Dr. Sarfaraz has more than 25 years of both graduate and undergraduate instructional experience in the field. His current research focuses on applications of multi-criteria, decision-making tools to operations management, supply-chain modeling, and economic analysis.

Author or co-author of more than 30 journal publications, Sarfaraz applies his extensive industry experience to various organizations, societies, and companies. Sarfaraz is also a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award from the Engineers’ Council.

Sarfaraz earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. He received his M.S. and M.A. in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University, where he also earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Management Information Systems.

Engineering economics and financial analysis is about determining the economic factors and criteria used when alternatives are being considered, as well as understanding the greater financial situation in order to best strengthen the business.

Maryam Tabibzadeh, Ph.D.

Dr. Tabibzadeh is an assistant professor in CSUN’s Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management (MSEM) and has been a full-time professor at the university since 2015.

She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), where she also worked as a teaching assistant and collaborated with diverse students and instructors.

Her research has focused on risk analysis and risk management in complex, safety-critical and technology-intensive industries, such as healthcare and offshore drilling.

Tabibzadeh has received grants for her research, as well as for developing more effective pedagogical strategies. She has also served as a reviewer of various scientific journals, and has presented and published papers in her areas of expertise.

At USC, Tabibzadeh received a diploma in innovation for a project focused on the development of a customized dashboard for reliability assessment of high-risk operations. At the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, she was named “Student Award Competition Winner” for her paper on human and organizational factors in offshore drilling.

This master’s program in engineering management provides opportunities for students with different backgrounds to build upon their managerial skillsets in their individual contexts of interest.

Scott Wainess, M.S.

Mr. Wainess is a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Eaton Aerospace as well as a lecturer in the field at CSUN.

His background includes 40 years of tactical manufacturing experience in a variety of industries, including aerospace and military electronics; implantable medical devices; aircraft fluid- and motion- control systems; and metal fabrication. He has held management positions in the areas of pricing, operations, and manufacturing engineering. Mr. Wainess also has 12 years of university-level instructional experience in the field of engineering management.

A member of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), as well as the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Mr. Wainess has a B.S. in Production and Operations Management, and an M.S. in Engineering Management.

Engineering Management is a highly dynamic and challenging profession. Success requires both talent and dedication. This program provides relevant and practical tools that can be applied to everyday professional experiences.