Cal State Los Angeles has recognized South Pasadena resident Deborah Won for excellence in the classroom and service to the community during the 2019 Fall Convocation at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
Won, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of the school’s four Outstanding Professors honored for excellence in teaching and significant achievement in scholarly inquiry or creativity, as well as professional activities and community service during the Aug. 19 event.
Won’s research focuses on developing and understanding medical-device technology for treating disorders of the nervous system. She has researched retraining spinal circuits with robot-assisted neuromuscular electrical stimulation for gait rehabilitation, cognitive side effects of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, and a mobile exergaming system for promoting fitness in individuals in wheelchairs.
Won has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling approximately $1.9 million. As part of a National Science Foundation project, Won researched the impact of design-focused service learning experience on the academic success and preparedness of engineering majors during their freshman-to-sophomore transition.
She also served as the inaugural director of the First-Year Experience at the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, a first-year cohort program that provides students with skills and support for ongoing success in their majors.
Won has mentored dozens of students who have earned honors and awards, such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, travel grants and research microgrants or scholarships.