C.T. LIN (Mechanical Engineering, pictured above) was a professor at CSUN for 30 years, dedicating his life to his students and colleagues until his passing on April 28. The university granted Lin posthumous emeritus status in May, at CSUN’s annual Honored Faculty Reception. His daughter, Esther Lin, accepted the award on his behalf.
Lin joined CSUN as an associate professor of mechanical engineering in 1987. In 1992, he was promoted to full professor. Before CSUN, he served as an assistant professor at University of Colorado, Denver. He earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1983 from the University of California, Davis.
In CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, he was a leader and helped design the interdisciplinary master’s degree in assistive technology engineering. The program graduated its first cohort in 2013.
He mentored his students through several award-winning major projects, and he worked with his students in the fields of bioengineering and autonomous mobile robotics. The “Red Raven,” a ground vehicle designed and built by his senior engineering students, took home the grand prize in the annual International Intelligent Group Vehicle Competition in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, Lin’s students brought the grand prize back home to Northridge from the same contest.
“Words are inadequate to describe our dear friend and beloved colleague, professor C.T. Lin,” S.K. Ramesh, former dean of the college, said in a written tribute. “Indeed, the C in C.T. stood for compassion, caring, calm, charitable, conscientious, courageous, collaborative, commendable, constructive and always cheerful — no matter the challenge.”
Lin is survived by his wife, Tricia, and his children, Joseph and Esther.
EDWARD FRANCIS ’77 (Music), M.A. ‘79 (Music) became a CSUN professor in the Department of Music in 2010, after teaching previously at Moorpark College, Oxnard College and Pepperdine University. Francis passed away on July 6 at the age of 61, after battling cancer.
He was raised in Ohio but moved to California in 1965, where he would later settle in Thousand Oaks. Francis was one of the founders of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and he played as a concerto soloist with the Ventura County Symphony, Conejo Valley Symphony, Moorpark College Symphony, Ventura College Orchestra and Pepperdine University Symphony. He was actively involved in his community, particularly in the Music Teachers’ Association of California – Conejo Valley Branch, where he served multiple terms as president.
Francis also served on the education committees for the Ventura Symphony Orchestra and the New West Symphony. He maintained a private piano studio in Thousand Oaks.
Francis is survived by his parents, Alma and Ed Francis, and his brother and sister-in-law, Thaddeus and Penny Francis.
CHRISTIE LOGAN (Communication Studies, pictured above), a beloved CSUN professor for nearly 31 years, passed away July 25 at the age of 68. Logan taught undergraduate and graduate-level communications courses from 1979-2010. She retired in 2010 and was granted emerita status.
Logan was an alumna of the University of South Dakota, Purdue University and the University of Southern California. In addition to teaching communications, she taught courses in performance studies and cultural studies at CSUN.
Logan also directed and adapted ensemble theatrical productions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry; developed multimedia performance installations; and taught and produced participatory Theater of the Oppressed works, based on Brazilian director Augusto Boal’s methodologies.
“She was a powerful and creative educator, director, writer, feminist and extraordinary human being,” Kathryn Sorrells, professor and chair of CSUN’s Department of Communication Studies, wrote in a tribute to Logan.
In her final years, Logan had a successful lung transplant and lived with her husband, James Hasenauer, whom she married in 1977.