Faculty and Staff

FERAIDON ATAIE, Ph.D - Assistant Professor - Program Coordinator

Feraidon Ataie

Office: O’Connell 229
(530) 898-5489

Dr. Ataie received his B.S. in civil engineering from Kobul University, Afghanistan and began his career as a structural engineer working with the US Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) on complex projects in Afghanistan. He then earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in civil engineering form Kansas State University (KSU) where he continued his research on concrete materials as a post-doctoral research associate while teaching at KSU. Dr Ataie started his first semester  with the CIM Program at CSU, Chico in the Fall 2014.

TANYA KOMAS, Ph.D. - Professor Emerita

Dr. Komas

Email: tkomas@csuchico.edu

Dr. Komas holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University, an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, New York, and a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis. She is a recognized expert in concrete durability, deterioration, evaluation, preservation, and repair with a teaching, hands-on, and research background. She serves as the director of the Preservation Field School at Alcatraz Island and manages ongoing work with Caltrans, is a member of the Western Bridge Preservation Partnership through Caltrans, is on the Board of Directors for the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), serving as Chair of the ICRI Evaluation Committee, is active in the American Concrete Institute’s Strategic Development Council, and is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International.

MOHAMMED ALBAHTTITI - Assistant Professor

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Office: O’Connell 231
Phone: (530) 898-3027
Email: malbahttiti@csuchico.edu

Mohammed Albahttiti received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the American University of Sharjah in 2010. In May 2012, he received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University. After that, he completed his doctoral studies and obtained a doctorate in Civil Engineering from K-State in 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, Dr. Albahttiti served as an instructor at Kansas State University. In 2017, Albahttiti joined the Concrete Industry Management program at California State University, Chico as an Assistant Professor. 


Albahttiti’s research was funded by the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration. It involved monitoring and collecting data from active railway lines, and manufacturing facilities situated both in the United States and Canada. In addition, his research focused on understanding and improving the behavior of pre-stressed concrete railroad ties under large scale freeze-thaw testing. The analysis and collection of this data were done in partnership with research teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of British Columbia. Albahttiti’s current research, which was funded by Kansas State Department of Transportation (KDOT), involves testing and collecting concrete samples from paving projects across Kansas. The KDOT project utilizes a new sequential pressure device to measure the air content of concrete pavement called the Super Air Meter. Recently, he was awarded project by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) to develop an educational course at California State University, Chico. In addition, he is seeking research funding in collaboration with researchers at Chico, South Dakota State University, Kansas State University and industrial partners. His research interests include studying the structural stability and nonlinear analysis of fiber-reinforced concrete and reinforced/pre-stressed precast concrete structures. In addition, he is eager to further our understanding of materials behavior under extreme events, durability of concrete infrastructures, early age concrete structural behavior, concrete microstructure characterization and modeling, and novel cementatious.

Academic Highlights

Albahttiti authored and/or co-authored five research reports, one book, two journal papers and eleven conference papers. He has presented his research at national/international conferences, universities and workshops. He has mentored more than 20 undergraduate students in research. Albahttiti's work was recognized by several journals and magazines in 2012, and he was awarded the V. Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship in 2015.


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Office: O'Connell 242

JEFF HAYES - Lecturer

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Office: O'Connell 242

AMANDA MULLER - Associate Development Director

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Office: O'Connell 415
Phone: (530) 898-4537
Email: aemuller@csuchico.edu

Originally from Red Bluff, CA Amanda is a recent alum from Chico State ('12), graduated with a degree in Business Management with an option in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Before Chico Amanda played college basketball and volleyball at Butte Community College and transferred to the University of Hawaii, Hilo where she played basketball on scholarship. Amanda returned to Chico to finish her degree and is enrolled in the Graduate Program on campus.

MEGAN RAWIE - Administrative Support Coordinator

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Office: O'Connell 230
(530) 898-4978