Dr. Susamma (Susan) Barua

Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Professor of Computer Science & Computer Engineering


California State University, Fullerton

P.O. Box 6870, Fullerton, CA 92834

(657) 278 – 3362


Dr. Susamma Barua is the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton.  She received her Ph. D degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and joined CSUF faculty in 1988. She has been a Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering and from 2008 to 2016, Dr. Barua served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.


Dr. Barua led the development of the BS degree program in Computer Engineering first as the chair of the steering committee and later as the coordinator of the program for 10 years. During this period an MS and a four-year BS-MS degrees were added, new faculty members were hired and the research activities significantly increased. She also led two successful ABET accreditation visits in 2008 and 2014.


As the ECS Associate Dean, Dr. Barua piloted the integration of lab tours with the New Student Orientations (NSOs) and Transfer Student Orientations (TSOs). She launched graduate student orientations and advising webinars for incoming undergraduate and graduate international ECS students. She also provided oversight in curricular improvements and development of new programs such as the online M.S. in Environmental Engineering in the college.


The research contributions, external funding record and scholarly productivity of Dr. Barua are extensive. Her research interests include computer performance analysis, high performance computing, computer networking, web-based database and interactive multimedia systems. She has authored more than 30 technical articles and supervised nearly 125 graduate research projects. She is the recipient of several external grants, such as the NSF "ECS Academic Catalyst for Excellence (ACE) Scholarship Program”, NSF "CSUF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst Project" and the Department of Labor “Orange County Bridge to Engineering Project” to name a few.


Dr. Barua’s service record at CSUF is vast and impressive. She has served on a number of college and university committees, including the Planning, Resource and Budget Committee, University Curriculum Committee, Faculty Development and Education Innovation Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Outstanding Professor Committee, University Advancement Committee and Closing the Gap Taskforce. She was a member of the Academic Senate from 1999 through 2002 and has served on many important search committees in the university.


A recipient of Outstanding Service and Outstanding Teacher/Scholar awards several times, Dr. Barua is a leader in engineering educational reform and is an experienced developer of innovative education programs. She has been actively involved in mentoring female and underrepresented students in computing for most of her career. She is a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society and currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Education.


Dr. Barua can be reached via email at sbarua@fullerton.edu