Cristina A. Bejan

Cristina A. Bejan is an affiliate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Kiyan Shafieizadeh

Jinseup (Ted) Shin

Jinseup “Ted” Shin, MFA, is a professor the Department of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include technology, product design, and future trends. Shin teaches Introduction to Industrial Design, Technical Drawing, and Digital Visual Techniques in ID and oversees student internships.

Before teaching at MSU Denver, he taught as an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, for five years. Shin also worked for Samsung Electronics in South Korea for seven years, where he designed various products including Samsung’s first clamshell-type cellphone. He was one of 12 from over 700 Samsung designers to be placed in a special design program at the company, which allowed him to travel to many countries and study how different cultures impact design solutions.

Shin is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and co-authored an IDSA publication titled “Design Like a Chef,” in which he compares the complex roles of chefs and designers. Additionally, he is actively working with companies as a professional design consultant.

Shin received his master’s in Industrial and Product Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and a bachelor’s in Industrial and Product Design from the Yeungnam University in South Korea in 1993.

Alexandre Padilla

Alexandre Padilla, Ph.D., is the chair and professor of the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include insider trading, business economics, stock exchanges, securities and regulation, economic analysis of political decisions and business ethics. He is currently teaching Principles of Microeconomics.

Padilla has taught at MSU Denver since 2002. He serves as the director of the Exploring Economic Freedom Project at MSU Denver, which educates students and the general public about the role of economic and political freedom in promoting entrepreneurship, economic growth, prosperity and peace.

He has published several academic papers on insider trading in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics and Florida State Business Review. His current research involves studying how insider trading is perceived among academics and nonacademics. Other research interests include studying self-governance mechanisms in nontraditional industries and economic policy related to immigration.

Padilla earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix-Marseille III in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Hyon Namgung

Hyon Namgung, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include policing (both American and Korean), police organizations, and community policing. He currently teaches American Policing, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Admin Behavior, and Research Methods and Basic Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology. His research areas cover comparative criminal justice, drug policy change and community policing.

Namgung received both his doctorate degree and master’s degree in criminal justice and criminology from University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013 and 2010, respectively. He received an additional master’s degree in public administration and public policy from the University of Exeter in 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Korea National Police University in 1997.

Lunden MacDonald

Lunden MacDonald, Ph.D., is a professor of modern languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver. MacDonald started teaching Spanish at MSU Denver in 1998 and has since held the positions of instructor, assistant professor, full professor, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and director of First Year Success program. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and Galician. Her areas of expertise are in Spanish language, literature, teaching, contemporary trends in foreign language study, translation, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood), Investigative trends in SIDS and SUDC research.

MacDonald has published several articles including “The Virtual Language Lab: Virtually Painless, Simply Real” in the International Association for Language Learning Technology Journal in 2009 and Spanish Translation of “La próxima etapa en Panamá: la subcontratación de pensiones” in La Prensa, Journal of Honduras, in 2007. Her research topics include Joseph Blanco White, European Enlightenment, Enlightenment (or lack thereof) in Spain, paradigms of Enlightenment in the Spanish-speaking world, Spanish language learning and teaching methods; and technology and technological applications in the teaching and learning of Spanish language, literature and culture.

MacDonald received her Ph.D. and master’s in Spanish language and literature from Princeton University in 2006 and 1997. Additionally, she also received a master’s and bachelor’s in Spanish language and literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995 and 1993.

LiYing Li

Dr. LiYing Li is a professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and M.S. in Demography. Her primary teaching interests are criminal behaviors. Currently, she teaches serial killers, sex offenders, introduction to criminal justice systems and corrections. She has also taught in the past classes such as statistics, research methods, crime mapping and criminological theories. From the ground up, Dr. Li has played an essential role in creating the B.S. in Cybersecurity program and developing the Cybersecurity curriculum.

Kishore Kulkarni

Kishore G. Kulkarni, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

He has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1989. Kulkarni has also taught as an affiliate professor at University of Colorado in Boulder, Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado State University and Colorado School of Mines. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and Extra-ordinary Service Award handed by the university President in 2010 from MSU Denver. In 2012, Kulkarni was recognized as the first “Distinguished Professor” in College of Business by the Dean at MSU Denver. In May 2017, Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Welfare Society of India honored him with the “Pravasi Ratan” award; and in March 2019, the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD) recognized him as the “Outstanding Educator Award” recipient. He also co-founded Indian Journal of Economics and Business (IJEB), which he managing from 2001-2016.

Kulkarni has authored, co-authored and contributed to nine books, some of which have become well-known textbook adoptions in American and Indian universities. The sixth edition of his “Principles of Macro-Monetary Economics” textbook was published in 2019. Kulkarni has authored and co-authored 160 refereed journal articles in Global Business Review, Indian Economic Journal and Indian Journal of Economics.

Kulkarni received his doctorate and master’s in economics from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also completed a master’s in economics and bachelor’s in economics from University of Poona, (now called Savitribai Phule Pune University), India.

Wossen Kassaye

W. Wossen Kassaye, Ph.D. in Business Administration has expertise in consumer behavior and multivariate statistics emphasis. His current research interests include evolutionary strategic marketing management orientation, internet advertising strategies, haggling motives, media habits of Gen-X and Gen-Y. In the main, he teaches marketing strategy and principles of marketing courses.

Mingli He

Mingli He, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include mechanical engineering, thermal, fluids, HVAC and energies. He currently teaches Introduction to Engineering Technology, Machine Design, Thermodynamics I, Machine Elements and Mechanical Systems, and Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and oversees senior projects.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, He worked at Aeroengine Research Institute in Shenyang, China, the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, the AT&T Microelectronics Plant and the Gulf Coast Regional Maritime Technology Center and taught courses at the University of Central Florida. He currently serves as the coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at MSU Denver. He served in the role as chair of the Engineering and Engineering Technology Department from 2013-2019 and has served in various MSU Denver faculty positions since August 1998.

He is a member of or has been associated with various organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SAE International, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, among others. He has worked on various projects such as the DEMOSAT Project – NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium to develop interest in STEM programs in education. He is currently working with the Colorado Community College System, on the CHAMP program and on the Denver Public Schools Career Connect program.

He received his doctorate in Philosophy and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Nanjing Aeronautical Institute in Nanjing, China. He holds a certification as a Professional Engineer from the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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