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Adam A. Filios

Adam A. Filios

Adam A. Filios received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece, in 1991, and the M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 1994 and 1999 respectively. He served as a tenure-track assistant professor of engineering at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina for two academic years (1998 – 2000), where he taught engineering courses and conducted research in optoelectronic devices.

In 2000 he joined Corning's Photonics Research and Test Center in Somerset NJ, as a senior research scientist, and worked in the research and development of novel nanoscale optoelectronic devices, optical communication systems and optical fibers. From 2002 to 2006 he was a senior researcher with Nanodynamics Inc., in New York, where he worked on wide-bandgap materials, silicon photonics, and nanoscale integrated systems.

In 2006, he joined Farmingdale State College as a tenure-track assistant professor. Currently he is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Solar Energy Center. His research interests include nanoscale optoelectronic devices, silicon photonics, photovoltaics, and fiber optic communications.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and former member of the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Bahar Zoghi

Bahar Zoghi

Bahar Zoghi is an assistant professor in the Department of Architectural and Construction Management Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College of SUNY since 2008. She currently is the leader of wind energy research project at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Center.

Bahar completed her PhD at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, her master’s degree from City College of the City University of New York and her bachelor’s degree from Polytechnic University of Tehran in civil engineering. Prior to joining Farmingdale she was a research at International Center for Environmental resources and development at City College of New York. She is a professional engineer with more than nine years of experience in the private sector.

Her research interests lie in the area of sustainable Environment, ranging from renewable energy, green building and water efficiency. She has advanced expertise in green building arena. In addition to being a LEED accredited professional, she holds building and envelope certification from the building Performance Institute.

Bahar is the author of numerous papers, and has served on several workshops and conferences. She has been the advisor of the International Honor Society Epsilon Pi Tau professionals in technology since 2008 and was  the President of the Women in Technology division of The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) for the year 2012-2013. She has received an award of excellence for her service to Women in Technology for ATMAE nationwide.

Her passion is to increase number of females in engineering field; she is a member of the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) roundtable at Farmingdale State College (FSC) and has been the chair of high school and middle school student presentations and a judge for the STEM Diversity summit for the past three years. She enjoys teaching and doing research, bringing real life problems in the classroom.

Jeff Hung

Jeff Hung

Dr. Jeff Hung obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University. He also holds a M.S degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. He has over 10 years of research experience in fuel cell technology and holds two patents in this field(US 7,144,648 B2 & US 7, 205, 062 B2). In addition, Dr. Hung is an expert in product design, prototype development, CAD/CAM, and CNC machining. He has published over 10 journal and conference publications. Currently, Dr. Hung is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at Farmingdale State College. He is also an active team member in the Smart Gird project at the college which he is the team leader for the solar thermal systems training workforce.

Jonathan Lane

Jonathan Lane

Jonathan Lane is the founder and CEO of Quad State Solar, Inc. (QSS) A highly respected member of the Long Island/New York City solar community, Jonathan is also a founding member of the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA), as well as the Lead Solar Instructor at Farmingdale State College. Additionally, he holds NABCEB certifications for PV Installation and PV Technical sales, as well as an IREC ISPQ accreditation as a Certified PV Instructor.

Prior to establishing QSS, Jonathan charted a thirty year career as an independent technologist, consulting to financial firms on Wall Street while designing and building their trading floors and the data centers that support them. A self made entrepreneur, Jonathan’s passion for solar energy (an interest fueled by personal solar projects) led him to the decision to open his own solar energy installation firm.

Since opening the doors at QSS, Jonathan’s business has grown with the solar industry, and he has sold, designed, and installed hundreds of residential and commercial solar systems, ranging from six panel systems on a New York City brownstone, to 100kW solar systems spanning across warehouses and shopping centers. Quad State Solar, Inc. currently operates in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Building on a strong past with solid fundamentals, QSS is poised and ready to continue its growth and success, and break new ground as the solar energy industry continues to mature and evolve in the future.

Jerry Flaherty

Jerry Flaherty

Bachelor of Science, SUNY Empire College, Science, Mathematics and Technology Concentration - Electric and Electronic Technology

New York State Education Department – Albany, NY

  • Licensed Private School Full Teacher

International Association of Electrical Inspectors – Richardson, TX

  • Certified Electrical Inspector – One & Two Family Dwellings, General & Plan Review

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – Clifton Park, NY

  • Certified Solar Photovoltaic Installer

SunPower Corporation - San Jose, CA

  • Certified Associate & Advanced Photovoltaic Designer

OSHA Training Institute - Lakewood, CO

  • OSHA Trainer – Construction Industry

Urban Green Council – New York, NY

  • Fundamentals of Building Green + Electrical Systems

Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs – Hauppauge, NY

  • Licensed Master Electrician (Retired)

Chief Electrical Inspector – 7 years in Nassau and Suffolk counties

Electrical Inspector -12 years inspecting residential, commercial, industrial and solar photovoltaic electrical systems

Course Instructor - 10 years teaching design, and installation of solar photovoltaic systems

Seminar Leader - 9 years in National Electrical Code and NYS building codes

OSHA Trainer - 6 years conducting seminars on OSHA standards, health and safety issues, lockout-tagout, and Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E)

Engineer - 14 years as a control system design engineer

Master Electrician - 24 years experience in the electrical industry

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
  • Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA)
  • Nassau Electrical League (NEL)
  • Suffolk County Electrical Contractors Association (SCECA)

Marjaneh Issapour

Marjaneh Issapour

Professor Marjaneh Issapour has been a Professor since Sept. of 1990, at Farmingdale State College, where she teaches courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering Technology and designed the networking laboratory, as well as developed the Computer Applications course. She received the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Service" in 2007.

Prior to teaching, Professor Issapour was an independent contractor for NEC America Inc. where she designed and implemented new technologies in networking operating systems. She is a licensed Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA Certified Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI), and Certified NetWare Administrator (CNA). Her research focuses on integration of hands on and applied learning elements to enhance teaching and learning in STEM. She has experience with embedded system design, data communication and networking , as well as renewable energy generation systems.

In 2012 and 2013, Professor Issapour co-chaired the International Energy and Sustainability Conference. She has also written many publications on the topic of renewable energy sources and energy conservation for these conferences and journals, including the American Institute of Physics. Her honors include the R.W Chasman award for Women in Science from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New Faculty Development Award from Farmingdale State, and Outstanding Achievement and Dedication Award from Stony Brook University. She has completed 50 credits towards her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) with the New York State Education Department.

In addition to teaching, she is currently the Director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College, which offers courses for professionals in the local industry. Professor Issapour is also a member of the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) Advisory Board, Farmingdale State College's representative at Engineering Joint Commission of Long Island (EJCLI), was the Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Long Island Section (2017), She was recognized by the New York State Society Of Professional Engineers Suffolk County Chapter for excellence in leadership and performance as a professional engineer in education(2015), is the recipient of IEEE-LI's Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award (2017),is the IEEE's Region 1 Educational Activities chair (2018) and is Farmingdale State College's representative for Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE).

Mohamad Zoghi

Mohamad Zoghi

Mohamad Zoghi started his career as a product manager in the petrochemical industry, where he worked for two years. During his graduate studies, Mohamad had been involved in teaching and research. His main area of research was application of finite element (FE) modeling in biomechanics. In his thesis he performed accident reconstruction of lift truck operators. He then developed a human head FE model to evaluate head injury risks under different accident scenarios.

After graduation, he joined industry and worked in the semi-conductor industry in Silicon Valley, for three years at Xilinx, Inc. On 2009, he returned to City College of New York (CCNY) to join Mechanical Engineering Department as a lecturer. He has been working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology of Farmingdale State College (FSC) - SUNY since September 2010.

Mohamad has been involved with the Smart Gird project since January 2011. Smart Gird project is a joint project between FSC, Stony Brook University (SBU) and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). He is the leader for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Station and Training task of the Smart Grid project. For the training portion of this task, he has offered four workshops entitled Introduction to Hybrid Technology.

Mohamad has been teaching a wide range of courses including hands-on and theory courses. Examples include Manufacturing Process (Machine Shop, elementary and advanced CNC programming), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Combustion Engine Theory, Industrial Hygiene, Tooling for Composites Materials and Electrical Principles. His area of research is biomechanics and energy storage. He has over 10 peer reviewed journal and conference publications.

Nazrul Islam

Nazrul Islam

Dr. M. Nazrul Islam is a Professor at SUNY – Farmingdale, where he is also serving as the Chairman of the Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology Department. He has been in the academia since 1991 and worked at several renowned institutions, including Old Dominion University, University of South Alabama, University of West Florida, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Islam earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He then earned the Doctor of Engineering degree (equivalent to Ph.D.) from Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan in 1999.

His research interests include optical communication, wireless communication, digital image processing, security technologies and solid state devices. He has received a patent on Optical Pattern Recognition. He has published more than 150 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has successfully completed several research projects sponsored by different federal and private institutions, including US Army, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. He is serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Optics and Laser Technology, and also an Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering. He has also been actively serving as the Reviewer of numerous journals and Member of the Program Committee of several international conferences. He has been serving as the Publication Chair for several international conferences, including Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC), and Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology (SPMB).

He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Senior Member of SPIE (Society of Optical Engineers). He served the IEEE Long Island Section as the Chair in 2015 and several other roles as well as the Chair of the Photonics Society and Membership Development Society. Dr. Islam also served as the Chair of the IEEE Bangladesh Section in 2003-2004 and Vice Chair in 2002.

Paulo Castillo


Prior to joining Farmingdale, Dr. Castillo served as a Research Associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). At BNL, he was involved in two different departments. First at the Biological, Environmental and Climate Science Department (BECS), his research was focused on the study of tropospheric absorbing aerosols and their influence on climate change and global radiative budget. Later at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), his research was focused on characterizing properties of nanoscale 2D materials (e.g. graphene). In addition, this research involved nanofabrication of promising electronic devices using different techniques such as UV-light, electron beam and focused ion beam lithography.