Majed Al-Ghandour, PhD
Dr. Majed Al-Ghandour has a PhD in Engineering from NC State University and teaches for UCI- Division of Continuing Education (DCE), NCSU, and Wake Technical Community College for over 24 years. Majed teaches several courses at UCI, Continuing Education including Introduction to Data Science, Data Engineering, and Introduction to Machine Learning, and Docker Fundamentals with AWS. Majed also teaches Data Analytics for MBA Graduates as a Visiting Lecturer for NCSU. He has extensive experience in data analytics, machine learning, and cloud computing.
Jason Gurtovoy, PhD
Jason Gurtovoy, Ph.D. is a Senior Economist and Data Scientist at REPSAS. He has worked in the Financial Services industry for over a decade in banking, investments, real estate, and as a consultant. He has 10+ years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in finance, economics, and data science. He has taught at UCI since 2017.
Rashed Iqbal, PhD
Rashed Iqbal is a Program Manager, Data Solutions at Teledyne Technologies in California. He has two areas of interest and expertise: Data Science and Machine Learning, and Transitioning Traditional Organization to Agile and Lean Methods. He practices, consults, and teaches in these domains. He is part-time Adjunct Professor in Economics Department at UCLA where he teaches graduate courses in Data Science, and also teaches at UCLA Extension and at UCI Continuing Education. His current area of research is Narrative Economics that studies impact of the popular narratives and stories on economic fluctuations and has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with focus on Stochastic and Predictive Systems and holds current CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP, and PMP certifications. He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Steven Keener, DBA
Steven J. Keener is President and Founder of Business Financial Solutions, Inc. of Orange County California. He consults on international markets and furnishes a complete financial package to small entrepreneurial base companies. He has had executive levels accountabilities with major International Corporations and has planned, executed and implemented business strategies for acquisitions, partnerships, global sourcing, marketing and numerous relocations of companies in foreign and domestic countries. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine since 2009 emphasis on International Markets, Finance, and Business.
Karen Nguyen, MS
Karen Nguyen has over 20 years of experience in practicing and teaching traditional and agile project management framework, principals, and theories. She also has an extensive experience managing a large portfolio of enterprise-based systems along with overseeing corporate strategic planning and development of national improvement initiatives to increase customer satisfaction, service profitability, and customer retention. Her passion is to deliver value and equip students with a distinctive blend of program management along with leadership skills for real-world experience and application. Karen is a recipient of the UCI Division of Continuing Education Alumni of the Year, SoCal Most Powerful & Influential Woman of Diversity, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for Academic Excellence. She also holds current CSM and PMP certifications.
Kenneth Stahl, J.D
Kenneth Stahl is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. He is currently Professor of Law and the director of the Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law certificate program at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. His research combines doctrinal analysis with insights from disciplines including urban sociology, geography, economics, and the humanities. Professor Stahl’s works have appeared in journals including The University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review, among others. Previously, he worked as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Constitutional Torts, and as an Associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter.
John Tehranian, J.D.
John Tehranian is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and founding partner of One LLP. In his practice, he has litigated numerous high-profile lawsuits, including copyright, trademark and right of publicity disputes involving Madonna, Don Henley, B.B. King, Bettie Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Perez Hilton, among others. Variety’s 2013 Legal Impact Report recognized John as one of the world’s top 50 entertainment lawyers, and he is a frequent commentator for the broadcast and print media, he has appeared on such television programs as ABC’s Nightline and has been quoted as an expert on legal issues in such publications as The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Christian Science Monitor. John is also the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School and the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in Los Angeles, California.
Karen Vallejo, MA
Karen Vallejo is originally from the state of Illinois. A teacher since 1986, she started teaching English as a Second Language at UCI in 1995. She has taught a variety of levels and skills in the Business English and Custom Designed programs at UCI DCE. She has also taught ESL at Brigham Young University and Provo Community School in Utah, and Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California. She co-authored the text currently used in the fundamental level of the grammar and writing classes at UCI. She has been honored with the Distinguished Instructor award at UCI DCE.
Saleem M. Yamani, MS
Saleem M. Yamani has more than 20 years’ experience in the embedded software engineering field. He has worked in design, and implementation of embedded software programming in various high tech industries, which include Computer, Networking and Hard Disk Drives. He has taught C programming language at Saddleback College for 2 years. Currently he is a Firmware Engineering Manager at Western Digital and has been teaching Embedded System courses at UCI Division of Continuing Education for the past 6 years.