CSU Dominguez Hills’ Dr. Kamal Hamdan has received the statewide 2016 Wang Family Excellence Award recognizing his outstanding work in education and professional applied sciences. Dr. Hamdan is the Annenberg Endowed Professor and director of the Center for Innovation in STEM Education at CSU Dominguez Hills.

He also directs the California STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement and has been instrumental in securing grants exceeding $47 million to develop much-needed teaching staff in high-need urban and rural area schools.

Dr. Hamdan has helped CSUDH prepare more math and science teachers in six years than at any other CSU campus and has helped prepare exceptional teachers who are transforming the lives of inner-city students. Through his work, he is redefining the clinical experience for aspiring teachers and offering them, K-12 students, parents and the community authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiences.

He has been serving as the principal investigator and director for multiple grants-funded projects for 11 years. Through a number of projects, Dr. Hamdan has developed multiple pathways for students that extend from high school to graduate school and lead to teacher certification. He oversees numerous projects, including the Transition to Teaching Program, Math and Science Teacher Initiative, Noyce Scholars Program, Urban Teacher Residency, and Master Teacher Fellows.

“It is a privilege to be in a position to help others achieve their dreams,” he says. “I am inspired by the spirit of the children we educate, the passion of the teachers we prepare, and the resiliency of the community we serve. I am living my dream.”