Associate Professor, Psychology
Yoshito Kawabata is an associate professor with a background in developmental psychology. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Yoshi’s research interest focuses on interpersonal relationships and psychopathology and the roles of contextual factors such as schools, neighborhoods, and cultures on these domains.
He is particularly interested in examining risk and protective factors that may influence developmental processes involving parenting, peer relationships, and forms of psychopathology (i.e., anxiety, depression, and aggression) with a cross-cultural and ethnically diverse sample. In another line of research, Yoshi uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analyzes how and why children and adolescents accept or reject intergroup contact or cross-ethnic friendships.
He has supervised undergraduate and graduate students with their thesis and provided considerable support for research and writing. He has enjoyed these mentoring experiences and is excited to work with students at University of Guam.
Associate Professor, Art
Irena received her PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2015), MFA in printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts,Japan (2005) and BA in art education, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia (2000). Integrating theory and practice has been a key element to her research through which she has been exploring connections between eco-Buddhism and printmaking, extended forms of print and art/craft relationship.
Her practice involves large-scale monochrome woodcuts and print installations. Irena’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in many group and independent exhibitions. She presented at the SGCI Print Conference 2016 in Portland USA, IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Conference, China (2015), 4th International Printmaking Symposium at University of Auckland, NZ (2015), IMPACT 8 in Scotland (2013) and the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2014).
She exhibited at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Gaum Museum and Isla Centre for the Arts (2016). Irena curated the International Exhibition of Contemporary Print UOG 2016 at Isla Centre for the Arts (2016). Her work is exhibited the International Print Biennial, Northern Print, UK (2016), and SGCI Print Conference 2017 in Atlanta, USA. Irena is an Assistant Professor of Art, University of Guam.
Professor of Marine Biology
Evolution and systematics of invertebrates
Interim Dean/Professor of Civil Engineering
Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah (Dr. K) was appointed as the interim dean of the new School of Engineering after having served as the director of UOG's Water & Environmental Research Institute for three terms. Khosrowpanah is a professional civil engineer and professor of water resources engineering with more than 32 years of experience in research, teaching, and engineering practices in the area of water resources in Guam and the other islands of the Western Pacific.
Assistant Professor, Water Engineering
Prior to coming to UOG, Kim served as director of the Samsung Institute of Safety & Environment at Samsung Economic Research Institute and as principal consultant of the Environmental Consulting Team at Samsung SDS. Kim has conducted numerous environmental research and engineering consulting projects in the United States, China, Vietnam, and South Korea.
water pollution, water quality monitoring, environmental remediation, surface water-groundwater interaction, hydrogeological risk assessment
Assistant Professor of Geography
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Structural)
Dr. Kong joined UOG's School of Engineering in 2019. Prior to this appointment, he was a structural engineer at SSOE Group in Portland, Ore. During his time at SSOE Group, he performed structural analyses and seismic designs for industrial structures in the semiconductor industry. He also had five years of structural engineering experience in China and internship experience at Thornton Tomasetti in Kansas City, Mo. He has been a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Missouri since 2016 and a registered Structural Engineer (S.E.) in Nebraska since 2017.
Kong completed his doctorate training in civil engineering at the University of Kansas in 2018. His doctoral research focuses on fatigue crack inspection of steel highway bridges using smart sensing technologies. His research interests include structural health monitoring, machine learning, earthquake engineering, numerical simulation, and computer vision applications in civil engineering.
During his free time, he likes watching movies and hiking.