STEM Faculty Mentors

Meet our Faculty Mentors
Faculty mentoring helps students gain additional and very specific information relevant to an academic major, internships, undergraduate research, and other extracurricular opportunities that support and strengthen the transfer and career preparation process . It is recommended that students meet with the FC faculty member mentor in their major field or, if undecided, with the STEM counselor. Faculty mentoring and academic counseling/ advising are two different processes to support STEM students’ success.

Mareike Claassen, Ph.D.
Specializes in Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics

M.A. in Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton
M.S., Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

I have been teaching Mathematics and Engineering at Fullerton College since 2001. I developed a passion for teaching as a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and am happy to have chosen a career at the Community College level. For the past 10 years, I have been a member of the Engineering Liaison Council (ELC), which works to facilitate and improve transfer for Engineering CC students in California. My interest in helping students succeed in achieving their academic goals has led to my position as the STEM-MSP Coordinator. I enjoy swing dancing and hiking, and love good quality chocolate. You can often find me in my office at 9PM, but almost never at 9AM. 

Click here to make an appointment


Jo Wu, Ph.D.
Specializes in Biology/Biotech/pre-Health

B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Colombia
Ph.D in Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine

Jo Wu, Ph.D., Professor of Biology. Has taught at FC for 23 years, after earning degrees at U Missouri and UC-Irvine. She aims to share practical knowledge about university and career preparation, as she remembers the hardships of being the first foreigner in childhood schools and the first female in family to attend college. As she directs the Science Club, Science PAL tutors, weekend research, Biotechnology, and internship programs— you have many chances to get involved and learn hands-on!

Click here to make an appointment Or email at jwu@fullcoll.edu


Dana Clahane, Ph.D.
Specializes in Mathematics

B.S. in Mathematics, Biola University
M.A. in Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton
Ph.D in Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

Make an Appointment by email: DClahane@fullcoll.edu


Cal Young, Ph.D.
Specializes in Biology and Pre-HealthNatural Sciences: Biology

B.S. in Micriobiology, University of Missouri, Colombia
Ph.D in Micriobiology, University of California, Irvine

Make an Appointment by Email: cyoung@fullcoll.edu


Kristy Richardson, MS, MPH, RD
Specializes in Food Science and Nutritional Science

B.S. in Nutritional Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
M.P.H. in Community Health Science, University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. in Kinesiology (Clinical Exercise Science), California State University, Fullerton

Kristy was born and raised in Chino Hills.  Her passion for running and her interest in nutrition lead her north to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she competed in track and cross country and completed her B.S. in Nutritional Science.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Kristy moved to LA where she completed a dietetic internship at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and her M.P.H. in Community Health Science at UCLA.  Kristy’s love of teaching led her to take adjunct faculty positions at several colleges, including Fullerton College.  While teaching, she received an M.S. in Clinical Exercise Science from Cal State Fullerton and opened a private practice where she specialized in sports nutrition.  As a long time adjunct faculty member at Fullerton College, Kristy has been a very involved and active member of the Nutrition & Foods Department.  She thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and she is excited to be involved in STEM.

Make Appointment by Email: krichardson@fullcoll.edu Or visit Office Hours, Spring 2014: M/W 2:30-4pm,T/Th 12:45-2pm


Ted Chan, M.S.
Specializes in Chemistry
B.S., California State University, Long Beach
M.S. in Chemistry with an option in Biochemistry, California State University, Los Angeles

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Sean Chamberlain, Ph.D.
Specializes in Earth Sciences: Geology, Environmental, Meteorology, Oceanography

B.A. in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, University of Washington
Ph.D. in Biology and Oceanography, University of Southern California

Professor Sean Chamberlin teaches oceanography, meteorology, earth science, marine biology, and marine mammal biology in the Division of Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, at Fullerton Community College in Fullerton, California, USA, where he has worked as a full-time instructor since August 1996. Professor Sean loves sharing his passion for the world ocean in the hopes that one day humans will realize that as our life support system, the world ocean deserves our respect and attention.

Make Appointment by Email: exploreworldocean@gmail.com Or visit Office Hours, Noon-3pm MW, Room 411-02


Scott Edwards, M.S.
Specializes in Computer Science

M.S. in Computer Science, California State University, Fullerton

Scott Edwards has been teaching Computer Science at Fullerton College full-time since 1998. He started his studies in college at CSUF in 1977 as a music major, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance and a secondary teaching credential in French. After teaching French at Troy High School for one year, he happened to become interested in computers and decided to instead pursue software development as a career. After graduating with a Master’s in Computer Science in 1995, he was hired as a developer at Symantec Corporation, where he wrote software for Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus for several years. When the opportunity to teach at Fullerton College arose, he decided to take advantage of it and has enjoyed showing students how to program computers ever since.

Make an Appointment by email: sedwards@fullcoll.edu


Richard Lozinsky, Ph.D.
Specializes in Earth Science

B.S. in Geology and B.A. in Geography, Humboldt State University
M.S. in Geology, University of New Mexico
Ph.D in Geology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Richard Lozinsky is a Professor of Earth Sciences at Fullerton College in Orange County, California. For over 25 years, Dr. Lozinsky has been teaching a variety of courses in geology and oceanography at Fullerton College specializing in natural disasters and field studies.  He has written several natural history field guides on portions of New Mexico and Southern California.  His most recent publication is a geological guide to the Orange County, California area.  With extensive worldwide traveling experience including two Semester at Sea voyages (Spring, 1999 and Fall, 2003), Dr. Lozinsky greatly enjoys working closely with individuals to have geology come alive for them.  One of his major teaching themes is that “geology goes wherever you go”.

Visit office hours, no appointment needed. Spring 2014  MW 8:30-9:30am and TR 10-11am, Room 626-0


**If no mentor is listed in your field of study, please contact Aimee Tran (ATran@fullcoll.edu) or Jeannie Abutin-Mitsh (JAbutinmitsch@fullcoll.edu) for assistance.
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