Yusuf Ozturk, Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

yusuf_ozturkDr. Yusuf Ozturk is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University. He is the director of Embedded Computing and Communications research groups. His current research interests include Energy Demand Response Solutions, Wireless Sensor Networks, Optimization, Brain Computer Interfaces. He holds 8 US patents in the area of electricity demand response, computer networks, cognitive management of energy resources and advanced container security devices. He published over 100 papers in the areas of Energy Management, Demand Response, Computer networks, Neural networks, Pattern recognition. He is a member of the NSF engineering research center on Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. His current research is supported by California Energy Commission, Spawar SSC. Pacific, Office of naval Research, NSF, US Department of Education, Nokia , Qualcomm and Intel. He is the curriculum coordinator and a co-PI of International Cooperation in Ambient Computing Education (ICACE) consortium supported jointly by US Department o Education and European Union. More info on Dr. Ozturks research can be found at

Sara Gombatto, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor,School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Sara Gombatto

Dr. Gombatto is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, and College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at San Diego State University (SDSU).  She received her bachelors degree and masters degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College.  After practicing in an orthopedic outpatient physical therapy clinic for several years, she pursued her doctoral degree in Movement Science in the Physical Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.  At SDSU, Dr. Gombatto teaches courses in evidence-based practice in the DPT program, mentors students on research projects at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, and has worked with students in both CHHS and Engineering.  Her primary area of interest for clinical practice and research is in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal pain.  In particular, she has used a variety of approaches to examine how posture and movement are related to spine and lower extremity injury and pain.  As part of the Smart Health Institute, she is working with Drs. Yusuf Ozturk and Kee Moon to refine a sensor system for ecological monitoring of lumbar spine posture and movement.  She also has established the SDSU Sports Biomechanics Program to screen athletes at risk for spine and lower extremity injury and for return-to-sport decisions.  Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including: Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Spine, Gait & Posture, Clinical Biomechanics, and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She and her students have presented research at local, regional, national and international conferences.

Kee Moon, Ph.D 
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

moonDr. Moon  is a mechanical engineering professor at SDSU and founding Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE). His primary research interests are in smart sensor and actuator technology and integrated systems. He has been active for creating new knowledge viavarious inventions including an innovative manufacturing technology of novel 3D organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and organic photovoltaic(PV) cells. His current research activities include the development for ultrasonic recharging technology for implantable medical device as well as brain-computer-interface (BCI) technology. He is the recipient ofthe 2010 San Diego State University Top 25 Award and 2011 San DiegoState University Monty Award. Before joining San Diego State University faculty in August 2005, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. His research is funded by NSF, KIAT, San Dieg Foundation, (multiple industrial sponsors)

William Tong, Ph.D. 
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tong_01Dr. Tong is the senate distinguished professor  and department chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry  at San Diego State University.

His lab has developed novel nonlinear multi-photon laser methods for chemical analysis with zeptomole-level (10-21 mole) or sub-parts-per-quadrillion-level detection sensitivity for a wide range of areas including biomedical, environmental and security applications. The Tong Lab has been funded by various funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (R01), National Institute of General Medical Sciences, U.S. Department of Defense (CCAT), U.S. Department of Homeland Security and various corporate funding sources for studies in analytical chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry and biophysics.

Shawn O’Connor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Shawn_PhotoDr. O’Connor is an Assistant Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. He received his doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and specializes in the dynamics and control of locomotion and development of movement health sensing technologies. He seeks to apply this knowledge toward rehabilitation strategies for improved balance and mobility with aging. He asks questions like: Why does balance ability worsen with age? How can we reduce the risk of falls in older adults while allowing them to stay active? To address these questions he uses virtual reality and force fields to perturb treadmill walking subjects and assess balance function. A key element of his approach is testing subjects within closed-loop experiments that sense and respond to their locomotor behavior in real-time to isolate fundamental neuromuscular mechanisms. He is also developing and testing next generation muscle health, metabolic cost, and balance measurement systems for diagnosing the multifactorial causes of age-associated mobility decline.

Hakan Toreyin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

HakanToreyinDr. Töreyin is a researcher working in the broad field of electronics and systems design for wearable/implantable biomedical applications. He received his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. The central goal of his research is building the next-generation wearable and implantable biomedical devices that reinforce proactive and predictive health-care in resource-limited settings -as opposed to reactive health-care in the clinic. His research facilitates innovative electronics and systems design methods to create energy-efficient, high-performance (e.g., robust, high resolution), and “smart” biosignal sensing and neuromodulation systems.

Dr. Sung-Yong Park
Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor

Dr. Sung-Yong Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University. Prior to joining SDSU, Dr. Sung-Yong Park was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Nation- al University of Singapore (NUS). He was also a Research Scientist at Teledyne Scientific Company (formerly known as Rockwell Science Center) where he led several cutting-edge R&D projects funded from ARPA-E, NASA, and Rockwell Automation as the principle investigator. He received his doctor- al degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010 (advisor: Professor Eric P.Y. Chi- ou) and was further trained as a post-doctoral researcher at the UCLA Optofluidic Systems Laboratory. His research interest is in the area of micro/nanotechnology, including design and fabrication of small-scale sensing and actuation systems for energy and environmental applications. He was awarded the 2010 Harry Showman Prize, which was given to the very only outstanding graduate student from the Class of 2010 graduates in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) at UCLA. He also re- ceived the Graduate Student Researcher Scholarship from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace En- gineering at UCLA, 2006.