Program Director

Dr. Nancy Warter-Perez

Dr. Nancy Warter-Perez is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at CSULA and Director of the IMPACT LA Program.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer engineering.  She also team teaches a course in bioinformatics where she teaches Python programming for developing bioinformatics tools.  Her research interests include computer architecture, high-performance processors, compilers, embedded systems, and bioinformatics.  Dr. Warter-Perez received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award for her research work in high performance computing and compilers.  She was also a co-PI of the NSF/NIH Southern California Bioinformatics Summer Institute (SoCalBSI).  Dr. Warter-Perez is involved in developing active-learning teaching methodologies that integrate project-based learning into the classroom using Tablet PCs and is an active member of the HP Collaborative Learning Center.  

Office: E&T A305
Phone: (323)343-5927
Fax: (323)343-4547
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Research Coordinator & Research Mentor

Dr. Eun-Young(Elaine) Kang

Dr. Eun-Young Elaine Kang is an Associate Professor of Computer Science (CS). Dr. Kang has expertise in computer graphics, computer vision, and multimedia processing and she teaches Computer Graphics, Advanced Artificial Intelligence (Computer Vision), 3D Game Programming, and Multimedia Software Systems courses at CSULA. Dr. Kang has been involved in many research projects dealing with image-based rendering, graphics, and video processing during her doctoral work at University of Southern California. While she continues to conduct her research on these areas,  she has also expanded her research interests to computer animation for scientific visualization at CSULA. She has been a program committee member and a reviewer for several international conferences and journals in her research areas. As for projects, besides being a research coordinator for the IMPACT LA program, she has been involved in the SCIentific VIsualization project (SciVi in short) that is a three-year NSF grant project aiming to produce computer animations for topics in cosmology since Fall 2006 and the Imaging Process project funded by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In addition, she has served as a research mentor for a senior design project funded by the Northrop Grumman, NSF LSAMP, and NIH MBIR program.

Office: E&T A316
Phone: (323) 343-4513
Fax: (323) 343-6672
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Assessment and Educational Activity Coordinator & Research Mentor

Dr. Jane Dong

Dr. Jianyu Dong is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSULA. She is an active researcher in the fields of computer networks, image/video compression and transmission, Multimedia protocols. She has been working on research projects sponsored by NASA and NSF. In addition to the technical expertise, she has a strong interest in the development & research of engineering education. As a recipient of HP Teaching Initiate Award, she proposed a novel collaborative project-based learning model with her colleagues to enhance students’ design ability using mobile technology.

Office: E&T A304
Phone: (323) 343-4581
Fax: (323) 343-4575
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K-12 STEM Education Coordinator

Dr. Ethan B. Lipton

 Ethan Lipton currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Technology at California State Univeresity, Los Angeles. In additions to teaching courses related to technology education and graphic communications, he continues his related research and professional activities. They include active service as Principal Investigator for the CSULA site of the national Center for Engineering and technology Education, a collaborative network of scholars with backgrounds in technology education, engineering, and related fields. Its mission is to build capacity in technology education and to improve the understanding of the learning and teaching of high school students and teachers as they apply engineering design processes to technological problems. Dr. Lipton also continues as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Printing Museum, currently serving as Board Secretary and Chair of the Education Committee. In addition to his work on behalf of the museum, its programs and the preservation of printing history, he continues his related research, presentations and publications with a focus on technology education, typogrphy and Columbian presses.

Previous Cal State L.A. leadership positions have included service as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs–Planning and Resources at California State University, Los Angeles; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs–Planning and Resources; Dean of Educational Support Services; Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology; and Chair of the Department of Technology.

After obtaining his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Lipton received his Ph.D. degree in Education (Instructional Technology) from the University of Southern California. Before joining the faculty of Cal State L. A., he worked as a high school teacher, department chair and in positions in the graphic communications industry. His technical areas of specialty include graphic communications, typography, publication design, production, fine printing and industrial and technology education. He is also a former principal advisor of the Department of Technology.


Office: E&T A135
Phone: (323) 343-4468
Fax: (323) 343-4571
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Website/Portfolio Administrator

Dr. Huiping Guo

Dr. Guo is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cal State LA where she conducts research and teaches. Her research interest includes information security, multimedia communications and databases.  She has published about 20 papers in prestigious journals and conferences which lead to two U.S. patents. Dr. Guo is very active in her research fields and has been invited to review papers for more than 20 journals and conferences.  Dr. Guo developed three undergraduate and two graduate courses on information security and networks. Since she joined Cal State LA in 2005, she has taught more than 10 different courses and supervised 7 graduate students.

Office: E&T A318
Phone: (323) 343-6673
Fax: (323)343-6672
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External Evaluator

Dr. Simeon Slovacek

Office: KH D2080
Phone: (323)343-5662
Fax: (323)343-4345
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Ms. Tammy Lee


Program Assistant

Ms. Melissa Campos

Office: E&T A407
Phone: (323) 343-5399
Fax: (323) 343-5398