CoE DEI Committee Members

The SDSU College of Engineering is committed to creating a safe, equitable, inclusive working and learning environment, which promotes mutual respect for each and every member of the College, thereby facilitating each member to thrive to their optimal potential. 

Diversity of thought is crucial to the advancement of all disciplines in engineering. The success of the college is greatly enhanced by cultural, ethnic and racial diversity because it creates synergy and cultivates role models and transformative ideas that accelerate the impact of the College on society. 

The College strives to promote and sustain a healthy climate by providing the platform for necessary dialogue amongst students, faculty and staff so that each individual in the College feels welcomed, supported, valued and respected. The College strives to recruit and retain faculty staff and students, being inclusive on all basis, including but not limited to characteristics such as ability, age, color, educational background, ethnicity, family structure and experiences, gender, gender identities, language, national origin, political preferences, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and veteran status.

The College is committed to uplifting the merit, potential, talent and creativity of each of its members allowing a respectful space for everyone to thrive and contribute to society.

Our Membership

Thais Alves

Dr. Thais D. Alves, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (she/her)

Dr. Alves received her Master's degree from UFRGS, Brazil in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2005. She worked as a faculty in her native country of Brazil from 2006 to 2009, and joined SDSU in 2009. She is an Associate Professor and the AGC-Paul S. Roel Chair in Construction Engineering and Management. Dr. Alves has over 15 years of experience teaching, researching, and collaborating with industry partners. Her research focuses on the organization of project-based teams; how planning, control, and contracts are tailored to construction projects; and the teaching of Lean Construction. She has served on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committees at the University level and currently serves on the DEI committees for the College of Engineering and the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department.

Joaquin Camacho

Dr. Joaquin Camacho, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department (he/him/his)

Prof. Camacho's research focuses on fundamental multi-phase reacting flow processes from theoretical, computational and experimental approaches. This work is carried out under his direction in the Flames, Aerosols and NanoScience lab with support from NSF and the Department of Energy. Prof Camacho is very interested in fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives as a member of his Department and College DEI committees. A specific passion of Prof Camacho is increasing participation in research and graduate school.

Maricruz Carrillo

Maricruz Carrillo, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering Department (she/her/ella) - (Graduate Student Representative)

Ms. Carrillo has been a student at SDSU since 2010, attaining both her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Bioengineering from this institution. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering through a joint PhD program with the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include 3D printing and sintering of bio ceramic materials to be used as bone repair substitutes along with the predictive modelling of the process. Ms. Carrillo is very passionate about equity in higher education and has been involved in many programs aimed at increasing the student population of underrepresented communities in engineering, in particular women of color.

Theresa M. Garcia

Theresa M. Garcia, College of Engineering (she/her) - (Liaison to University’s DDI Council)

Since Jan. 2014, Garcia has been the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Prior to that she directed the undergraduate level SDSU MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program from 1997 to 2014 assisting students with career and personal growth along with academic success in preparing them for STEM industry and/or for graduate school via a structured ‘Culture of Success’. She launched the Center for Student Success in Engineering (CSSE) in October 2018. Her work has focused on underrepresented students in STEM.

Gustaaf Jacobs

Dr. Gustaaf Jacobs, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering Department (he/him/his)

Professor Jacobs received a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology in 1998. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduation in August of 2003, he was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He later combined this position with a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2006, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at San Diego State University and was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2010 and 2014. The research interests of Professor Jacobs can be broadly defined in the area of computational multiphase, and multi-scale flow physics using high-order methods. Dr. Jacobs has developed a number of mentoring and training programs. Most prominently these include an undergraduate mentoring programs in collaboration with MESA (the Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement program), the Faculty-Student-Mentoring Program, and the industry sponsored Center for Industrial Training and Engineering Research ( which he currently directs.

Parisa Kaveh

Dr. Parisa Kaveh, Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (she/her/hers):

Parisa Kaveh received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering majoring in Control System Theory from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2004 and 2008, respectively. After earning her PhD degree, she joined the Biosensor group in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego as a postdoctoral research scientist where she continued her research in the design and implementation of artificial Pancreas for automatic regulation of blood glucose level in diabetic patients. To pursue her real passion, Dr. Kaveh became a lecturer of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University in Fall 2015. Since then, she has taught several courses in the ECE and ME departments, for which her teaching methods have been praised by the students and evaluators. She received the “2018-2019 Favorite Faculty Award by Residential Education Department” and the “College of Engineering 2019 Favorite Faculty Member Award”. Dr. Kaveh believes in promoting higher education for women and other under-represented groups in engineering fields in order to increase their presence in the scientific environment, which could potentially have a great contribution to diversity.

Winston Liew

Winston Liew, College of Engineering Student Council President (he/him/his):

Winston Liew is a 5th year undergraduate student getting his B.S. in Computer Engineering. Currently, his interests are in augmented and virtual reality such that its development can help education. Augmented and virtual reality’s accessibility will enhance various individuals ability to have visual representation of what they are learning about. Winston is passionate about ensuring student voices are being heard by encouraging and supporting students to speak out on current issues for faster solutions.

Mahasweta Sarkar

Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering(she/her):

Dr. Sarkar joined SDSU as a tenure-track faculty in August 2006. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from University of California, San Diego in 2006. Her research interest lies in the area of wireless data networks. She has over 95 published research articles in technical journals, conference proceedings and book chapters and a patent. She is the Director of the NSF funded Wireless Network and Communications (WiNC) Lab at SDSU where she leads a team of Ph.D and Masters students along with Post-doctoral Fellows and visiting faculty and students from various countries. She is the recipient of the President’s Leadership award at SDSU in 2010 for her excellence in research and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2014 for her excellence in teaching. In her role as the Co-Director of Education in the NSF funded Engineering Research Center (Center for Neurotechnology), she conducts extensive outreach programs to the next generation of budding women scientists and those from underserved communities.

Sridhar Seshagiri

Dr. Sridhar Seshagiri, Department Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (he/him/his):

Dr. Sridhar Seshagiri is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University. His research focuses on nonlinear control theory, and applications to renewable energy systems and their integration into the smart grid. He has a personal commitment to sustainability and undergraduate education and research, and has mentored several students on their senior design projects, independent research funded by the President's Leadership Fund (PLF), and worked with international students on summer research through the Brazilian Science Mobility Program. A majority of the graduate students he has advised are from underrepresented groups in engineering.

Matthew Verbyla

Dr. Matthew E. Verbyla, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (he/him/his)

Dr. Matthew E. Verbyla is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2015. At SDSU, Matthew teaches courses for upper-division and graduate engineering students on water, sanitation, and microbiological processes. His research focus is on wastewater and health-related water microbiology, especially the fate and transport of pathogens in surface water and water treatment systems. He has also been involved in transdisciplinary collaborative research with social scientists and engineers to solve challenges related to water and sanitation access in underserved communities. Matthew's research has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Water Research Foundation, Trussell Technologies, and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.