Faculty Details

Morteza Mohssenzadeh



B.S., M.S., San Diego State University

Mr. Morteza Mohssenzadeh joined the Department of Physical Sciences as a full-time assistant professor of Engineering, effective Fall 2005 semester. Morteza received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University. Currently, he is completing a second Master's degree in Statistics, also at SDSU. He holds community college teaching credentials in both Engineering and Mathematics and was awarded Laser Safety Certification by the Laser Institute of America. Mr. Mohssenzadeh began his engineering career at Guyer Santin, Inc. in La Mesa where he designed software packages. Subsequently he served as the Center Coordinator and Energy Auditor of the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center of SDSU funded by the US Dept. of Energy. His industry background also included serving as a senior consulting engineer at Pac Services USA in San Diego, where he was responsible for identifying, procuring and installing electronics packaging equipment as well as employee training of such major corporations as Hewlett-Packard, Ericson, Qualcomm and Hitachi. Such extensive industrial credentials enable Morteza to bring real-world applications to our engineering classrooms and help our students understand business requirements.

Mr. Mohssenzadeh's teaching experiences span quite a number of regional universities and community colleges. For the past 18 1/2 years, he has taught Engineering and Mathematics courses at San Diego Mesa College including Algebra, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, Engineering Drawing, Statics and Computer-Aided Design. At Southwestern College, he has taught many courses already listed and additionally Dynamics, Properties of Materials, Engineering Statistics and Introduction to Engineering. For more than five years, Morteza taught Natural Science as well as Mechanical Engineering Systems at San Diego State University. The Mechanical Engineering Department at SDSU recognized him as 'Faculty of the Year' in 1991 and again in 1993. During the past decade while at the University of San Diego, he has taught many additional courses including Programming in C++, CAD/Pro-E, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer and Engineering Computational Analysis. And finally, Mr. Mohssenzadeh has successfully taught various levels of Algebra and Matlab-based courses at Cuyamaca College for the past five years, where in 2004 he was awarded the 'Teaching Excellence' award in Mathematics. It is clearly evident that such breath and depth of teaching experiences is both rare and highly beneficial to our Engineering and Math programs and ultimately our students.

Morteza's professional activities are similarly impressive. He served as the lead writer for the Engineering program review in 2004, and he was a guest speaker at CMC3-South. He served on SDSU's accreditation team for Mechnical Engineering and developed laboratory manuals for the same program. He is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Mathematical Association of America.

Mr. Mohssenzadeh is a true student advocate and has spent significant time and effort in ensuring maximum student learning and success. He strongly believes in achieving student learning outcomes through cooperative and group learning such as learning communities. As a teacher with strong technology skills, he has continuously sought to integrate the computer and Internet technologies such as Matlab, WebCT , CadKey, AutoCAD, Pro-E and Blackboard into his classes as critical aids to the success of his students. Morteza's diverse experiences in multiple disciplines and institutions have provided for a through understanding of Engineering programs from course level to university program transfer requirements. He has a keen appreciation for academic, cultural and ability diversity among students and has continuously worked toward creating a comfortable and effective learning atmosphere for all students.

Department(s): Physical Sciences

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