Congratulations to Nikita Mishra and to Assistant Professor Negin Forouzesh! They placed first in the Engineering and Computer Science Section at the 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition hosted virtually by San Francisco State University (SFSU) on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30. 

Session 6: Engineering and Computer Science – Mixed

First Place

Nikita Mishra

Computational Characterizations of Binding Affinity in SARS‐CoV‐2 Variants to

the Human ACE2 Receptor

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Negin Forouzesh


Congratulations to ​Dr. Mohammad Pourhomayoun and Mahdi Shakibi ... 

for their recent scientific contributions to advanced medical decision-making in treating Covid-19.  Their work is soon to be published in Elsevier Journal of Smart Health:

Predicting Mortality Risk in Patients with COVID-19 Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Medical Decision-Making

Mohammad Pourhomayoun, Mahdi Shakibi
to be published in Elsevier Journal of Smart Health


Congratulations to TEAM WOW-MOBILE

Team WOW-Mobile

Cal State LA Team WOW-Mobile has been selected to participate in the virtual CSU I-Corps August Sprint where research teams will have 2 weeks to explore biotechnology commercialization. Across the country, the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program brings together the research community by creating a network of universities that help support researchers learn how to translate fundamental research to the marketplace.  Learn more about the 2020 CSU Innovation Corps August Sprint 

  • What is the inspiration behind the project?

Individuals with lower mobility impairment, for example, due to spinal cord injury, suffer significantly higher risk for cardiometabolic disorders.  Research clearly indicates the benefit of regular physical activity to combat cardiometabolic disorder.  However, people who use wheelchairs face substantial barriers to regular exercise.

  • What is the goal?

The WOW-Mobile Fitness system is a mobile app-based fitness system designed for individuals who use wheelchairs to improve cardiometabolic fitness by enabling exercise in the convenience of their own homes and with the flexibility of their own schedules.  WOW-Mobile motivates and facilitates exercises that can be performed in wheelchairs through gamifying exercises, enabling a multi-user virtual community, and providing metrics which quantify fitness levels so that users can track their progress. 

  • Who will benefit?

People with lower mobility impairment who use wheelchairs

  • Does the name mean anything?

            Workout on Wheels Mobile Fitness App

  • Who is on the team?

    Student team: James Velasco (MSEE); Abigail Zulueta (MSEE); David Gonzales (BSEE)
    Faculty advisors: Drs. Deborah Won, Curtis Wang (both EE)