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Engineering Management Faculty

Tom Tafolla, JD : Interim Department Chair

Tom Tafolla, JD

Interim Department Chair


Essentials: Professor Tafolla received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University. His study emphasis was in the areas of educational psychology and the psychology of personality. He has graduated with his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

His primary emphasis in law school was on the legal concerns of high technology business. As an academic, Professor Tafolla's interests include intellectual property, international business, insurance, medical device regulation, and entrepreneurship.

Professor Tafolla was employed as an electromechanical product-packaging designer in Silicon Valley. He has extensive experience working in both R&D / product develop teams and in manufacturing operations he then worked as a legal researcher/law clerk for various small law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Professor Tafolla’s professional experience is based primarily in Silicon Valley high technology companies where he provides legal support to corporate legal departments and executive management.

Positions that Tafolla has held in the corporate environment include Legal Administrator, Patents Administrator, Lead Litigation Paralegal, Contracts Specialist, Contracts Manager, Intellectual Property Administrative Supervisor, Patents Manager, Litigation Manager, Immigration Officer, and Legal Services Manager.

Avid Farhoodfar, PhD : Core Faculty

Avid Farhoodfar, PhD

Core Faculty


Dr. Avid Farhoodfar is a core faculty member at ITU. Her current industry work includes working in fiber optics and photonics projects. She has several published papers in recognizable journals as Physical Review B in 2009 and 2012, Journal of Physics in 2008: Condensed Matters. In 2014, She published a paper in Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI Journal in Bay area.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Solid State Physics from Beheshti University, MS in Plasma Physics from Science and Technology University in Iran, MS in Condensed Matter Physics from Brock University, and PhD in Computational Physics and Material sciences from Queen’s University, Canada.

Mamoun Samaha : Core Faculty

Mamoun Samaha

Core Faculty


Prof. Samaha got his MSEE in Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

He has extensive industrial experience. He worked for Hewlett Packard, as Architect & Technology Strategist in corporate IT, as Software Architect, then became Wireless and Mobility Chief Technology officer. Later he worked for Motorola Mobility as their Enterprise Chief Technology Officer. Currently he is Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Strategy Officer for MobWee Inc.

Prof. Samaha’s areas of interest include: mobile security identity and authentication, mobile device management, mobile applications, Android, iOS, Windows mobile, enterprise architecture & security and workflow, process automation.

Michelle Liang, PhD : Core Faculty

Michelle Liang, PhD

Core Faculty


Dr. Michelle Liang is experienced in both research and teaching. She strives to help students develop both a breadth of general knowledge and soft skills, and a depth of technical expertise.

She has been a postdoctoral researcher at ITU for the last three years. Her recent research interests focus on business-driven trustworthy technologies, such as IoT, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, E-commerce, and Cyber Security.
Before joining ITU, she accumulated nine years of teaching experience from Fudan University and Harbin Institute of Technology. She has four years of industry experience in telecommunication networking and banking in the United States and China.

Dr. Liang received her PhD. in Computer Science from Fudan University, China and MS. in Computer Engineering from University of Minnesota, US.

John Shih, PhD : Adjunct Faculty

John Shih, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. John Shih got his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Irvine.

He has extensive industry experience. In his early career he worked for Burroughs Corporation and Rockwell International as design engineer. Then he served as VP of Engineering and President of ALI USA at Acer Laboratories Inc. , Chairman of Advanced Analog Technology, Taiwan. Currently he is a Board Member of M3 Technology, Taiwan.

Dr. Shih also has actively participated in various start-ups as angel investor since 1995. Successfully led more than 10 companies to either IPO or being acquired.

Jeremy Tzeng, PhD : Adjunct Faculty

Jeremy Tzeng, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Tzeng got his MS and Ph.D in EECS from University of California, Berkeley.

He has extensive industrial experience. In his early career he worked for Rockwell International and Bell Labs as engineer scientist. Then he became director of wireless communications, Alfa Inc., and then director of InnoMedia Technology Inc. Afterwards he worked as VP of Communications Division, Ali, Taiwan, as Special Assistant to the President, Communications Business Group of Foxconn and as VP of Technology, InnoMedia Inc.

Dr. Tzeng was awarded 5 US patents. He was also the editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Alex Peters : Adjunct Faculty

Alex Peters

Adjunct Faculty


Alex has 30+ years of experience as program executive, consultant, industry analyst and scholar. Previously, he worked for Forrester Research as CIO principal analyst, for Audi as program executive and IT director, and for EDS and IBM as principal and senior consultant. He worked also for two startups.

Alex earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Aachen University of Technology in Germany and he was a post-doc fellow at Princeton University.

Last modified: June 17, 2015