Who are Foothill College's engineering faculty?


Anna Hawes

Anna Hawes

Professor Hawes has a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Her research was in synthetic biology. Professor Hawes' teaching philosophy is that discussion and application help students to learn material for themselves. Each class ends with a project that applies class material to real-world problems. When not teaching, her son and her endless to-be-read list keep her busy.



Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson

Professor Johnson worked in Silicon Valley as an engineering manager for over 20 years before turning to teaching. She came to this area on a Stanford scholarship and stayed for the fun of being where it's all happening. She brings her computer, e-commerce, software and internet services experience from Propel (a startup), HP, Adobe and KLA to the teaching profession. Students taking Professor Johnson's courses can expect lectures, work with state of the art simulators/software, hands on projects and a dash of industry savvy. Professor Johnson loves STEM and teaches 3D and Arduino courses to middle school and high school during the summer. In addition, she loves traveling when time permits.



Fred Nikolac

Fred Nikolac

Professor Nikolac has an MS from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering. He has 38 years of industry experience working in defense electronics, telecommunications, and medical devices. Students taking Professor Nikolac's courses can expect interactive lectures with discussions of real-world experiences and lessons learned. Face-to-face courses include guest lecturers on a variety of related topics, as well as a project. Outside of class, Professor Nikolac enjoys woodworking (i.e., turning perfectly good pieces of wood into scrap and sawdust); playing online role-playing games; travel; doing home electronics projects; and spending time with his grandchildren.



Melissa Wilkinson

Professor Wilkinson splits her time at Foothill teaching classes, working in the STEM Center, and working with Foothill students in the design lab. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (University of Texas) and an MS in Environmental Engineering (Stanford). Professor Wilkinson likes to make her classes as interactive as she can. You can expect to work on projects in groups and participate in lectures, and definitely interrupt her and ask questions if you are in her class! Outside of school she likes to spend time with her husband and three kids, read, and pretend to be crafty.



Sarah Parikh

Sarah Parikh

Professor Parikh has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, studying Engineering Education. Students taking Professor Parikh's courses can expect interactive lectures with discussions and activities in small groups. Each of Professor Parikh's courses has a project. Outside of class, Professor Parikh enjoys cooking, reading, and taking her kids to the park. Her goal is to support and inspire all students to achieve their goals in school and in life.



Sergio Edelstein

Sergio Edelstein

Professor Edelstein received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech. He has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor, laser, photonics, advanced materials, and energy industries, is the founder of two technology companies, and is author and co-author of 19 US patents. Students taking Professor Edelstein's courses can expect a stimulating and participatory learning environment. Professor Edelstein enjoys traveling with his wife, and cycling.



William Camisa

William Camisa

Professor Camisa has a M.S. from the University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering where he specialized in design and a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College. Along with a background in Physics and robotics, he has worked in industry doing medical device research and development and currently works at a local GI device company. Student's taking Professor Camisa's courses can expect a practical approach to learning engineering concepts. Outside of work and class, Professor Camisa enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling and playing handball at the South End club in San Francisco.



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