Sami Khuri

Sami Khuri has been a professor in the SJSU Department of Computer Science since 1992. His research interests include bioinformatics, visualization and genetic algorithms. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications, serves as a reviewer for major industry journals, and has presented at many international conferences. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; M.S. in Pure Mathematics, M.S. in Computer Science, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Syracuse University.

Sheldon Mullins

Sheldon Mullins has experience with the development of drugs and biologics in multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, cardiovascular, anti-infective, immune response and gastrointestinal disease. Drug development experience includes clinical, nonclinical and manufacturing aspects, with 10 years research experience and 15 years in regulatory affairs, spanning pre-IND through license application approval, and he has led meetings with U.S. and E.U. regulatory authorities. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Sonoma State University and M.S.B.A. from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Taranjit S. Samra

Dr Taranjit S. Samra has 17 years of industrial experience, mostly in medical device and biotechnology industries. He worked with an array of medical devices ranging from capital equipment, radiation therapy systems, surgical devices, imaging and treatment planning software, CT scanners, diagnostic instruments, IVDs to embedded and stand-alone software systems, in various product lifecycle phases such as research, design engineering, software development and quality, manufacturing, as well as quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Currently, Dr Samra holds the position of Director of Quality at Illumina, a leading biotechnology firm that manufactures DNA sequencing instruments.

Dr Samra graduated with MS in electrical engineering from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and Doctor of Regulatory Science from University of Southern California. His doctoral research included development of product lifecycle framework for high-risk medical devices containing software, through the integration of customized software development methodologies, tools, and risk management best practices. He also holds RAC from RAPS.

Rick Steingart

Rick Steingart is a lecturer in accounting in the SJSU School of Business. He teaches underdgraduate managerial accounting and also teaches financial and managerial accounting in the graduate business program, the bio tech program, and the MPDM program. Rick has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Rick’s work experience includes working as an engineer for the Hughes Aircraft Company in southern California and Europe; as an auditor for Deloitte and Touche (when it was Touche Ross & Co.) in the Bay Area; and also for over 20 years as an accountant, accounting manager and project manager at the Hewlett Packard Company in the Bay Area and in Europe. Rick has taught at Golden Gate University and the University of Santa Clara. Since 2006, Rick teaches at SJSU in addition to doing independent contracting and consulting.

Arvinder P. S. Loomba

Arvinder P. S. Loomba received his Ph.D. in Operations Management, and also holds an MBA and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI. He has extensive teaching experience in the area of Managing Medical Product Development, Project Management, Operations Management, Managing Product Development, Global Business, Supply Chain Management, Service Operations Management, and Sustainable Supply Chains. He currently serves on University Sustainability Board at SJSU. In addition, his service includes being the director of Pacific Rim Institute, reviewer for a Fulbright Program, judge for the U.S. Department of State Case Study Competition, advisor at an industry incubator for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Global Studies Fellow at SJSU, and research associate at MTI. He has also served as Education Vice President and board member-at-large of CSCMP-San Francisco Roundtable.

Dr. Loomba is an area expert in supply chain and project offshoring issues in a global context and has delivered keynote addresses in Japan and India. He is widely quoted on globalization issues by local, national, and global media including an interview by Japanese national television, NHK. He has consulted with multinationals firms throughout USA and in China, Korea, India, and Japan, including John Deere, Samsung Electronics, TCI, and Seagate Technologies. Dr. Loomba’s research interests include infrastructure project chains, global supply chain streamlining and risk management, operations/marketing analysis, health care supply chains, closed-loop supply chains, humanitarian and sustainable development projects. He is a U.S. citizen and is proficient in Japanese, basic French, and several South Asian languages.