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New Faculty for 2018

New Faculty 2018 
(pictured l-r: Ashlee Johnson, Dana White, Farshid Mirzaei, Susan Standen, Sean Davis, Bibiana Lopez)






Ashlee Johnson

Ashlee Johnson
Instructor, Engineering Tech

My name is Ashlee Johnson and I am very happy to be a part of the Norco College family! I started my college education as a RCCD student before I met my husband in Professor Mulari’s trig class one summer and later transferred to UC Irvine to become a student athlete in the sport of rowing. After graduating from UCI with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Biomedical Engineering I spent my technical career in Orange County’s medical device hub. Although I prefer to work on vascular biomechanics, I have also spend time on other biomedical devices including diabetic and endodontic devices.

In my free time I love being outdoors and spending time with my husband and middle school age daughters. I’m a big Chargers, Angels, Ducks, Clippers and now Mustang’s fan! You can often catch me racing on the Spartan trails, hitting weights in the gym, or watching my team at the local eatery.

On a more serious note, as a RCCD transfer alum and now a third generation faculty I’ve spent many years working and planning towards this milestone. I often wonder how my younger self would feel if she knew (while sitting in Math 1A in IT) that she would one day reach her goal of becoming an engineer and professor at Norco College. I suppose I will never know, but what I can do is make sure that every student who walks into my lecture does know that they have the potential to reach their dreams.

I give my full commitment to do everything in my power to support student learning, leadership, and success. It is my personal philosophy that all students have the potential to be successful in the STEM fields with the proper guidance, support and passion. I also know that, here at Norco College, we have an amazing group of Administrators, Faculty and Staff that go above and beyond to ensure student success across all disciplines.

I look forward to disrupting misguided trajectories as President Reece suggests and to engineering the future.

Dana White

Dana White
Assistant Professor, Accounting

Hi Norco family. My name is Dana White (yes, like the UFC president 🙂 except my bank account is missing a few zeros) and this is my first-year teaching at Norco College. I am beyond exciting to be a part of this community. I will be teaching Accounting at Norco. Prior to this, I spent the last 7 years in Corporate America working in, you guessed it, Accounting/Finance. I’ve held various roles in my career, all bringing about different challenges personally and professionally. You still there? Ha! Enough about my career; On the personal front, I’m originally from New Orleans but have called California home for the last 3 years. I have a talkative, 4-year old daughter name Dallas and a fluffy, shoe eating pup name Spike. When I’m not listening to recaps of every Disney movie and protecting what’s left of my shoe collection, I like to hike, attend sporting events & festivals (EDM anyone?), travel, and support friends/family. Again, I am excited to be a part this community.

Farshid Mirzaei

Farshid Mirzaei
Assistant Professor, Drafting

I was born in Kurdish region of western Iran, famous for folklore music and dance. After graduation and passing tests, I worked as a licensed architect for few years. In 2002, I immigrated to Canada and worked for various engineering and design companies, such as HOK and NORR Architects. I gained experience on construction sites during the day, sharing those lessons with students in my part-time evening classes. After accepting a job offer in Santa Monica, CA, I worked as a Project Architect for about two years. Later on I focused on my passion in education, I moved to Seattle area and taught full-time for eight years in Washington State Colleges such as Pierce and Grays Harbor, where the community colleges offered Technical Design and Machine Technology Programs to incarcerated students. During my work in corrections I witnessed inmate's behavior change during basic engineering courses such as drafting, three-dimensional Computer Aided Design-Machining (CAD-CAM) and Computer Numeric Control (CNC). The engineering training helped students, regardless of their background, alter their perspectives to problems in a systematic approach. These fact-based classes equipped students with new skills in order to challenge daily problems in a logical fashion, not only help them in finding a meaningful job, but also shifted their view in how to bring the best out of themselves to have a healthy social life.

I love teaching because I learn a lot from my students. To me, teaching is an opportunity to share and grow together.​

Susan Standen

Susan Standen
Assistant Professor, Anatomy

Susan Standen began her academic career as a community college student in Southern California. She majored in anthropology at UC Berkeley where she discovered her passion for human evolutionary studies through the Department of Integrative Biology. Her graduate studies in evolutionary biology took her to the Department of Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University where she worked in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Her field work focused on comparative vertebrate anatomy and human origins in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Her extensive work lead to the development of comparative databases for fossils that contribute to our knowledge of human evolution. Susan has been teaching in the California Community Colleges for seven years and is thrilled to be the new full time Professor of Anatomy/ Physiology and Biology. Inspiring all students to learn, expand, and achieve is central to her motivation and engagement at Norco College. Susan recently became engaged to David McAlister and enjoys helping with their environmental clean up company. Additionally, Susan, family and friends enjoy sailing with Clouseau Kitty. Susan genuinely enjoys getting to know her students and loves discussing yoga, cooking, and nature.

Sean Davis

Sean Davis
Assistant Professor, Counseling Umoja
BIO COMING SOON

Bibiana Lopez

Bibiana Lopez
Assistant Professor, Math
BIO COMING SOON

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