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Mary Sue Lowery

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4078

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 482

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1990. She teaches preparatory courses for biology majors, as well as biological oceanography and interdisciplinary team-taught honors courses. Lowery is a comparative biologist with particular interest in the effect of endurance swimming on the development of muscle in juvenile marine fishes.

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Christopher Daley

Christopher Daley, PhD

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4033

Office: SCST490

Christopher J. A. Daley, PhD,  joined the faculty in 2007.  He teaches general and inorganic chemistry undergraduate courses.  His current research focus is in the areas of bioinorganic and inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on enzyme modeling and catalyst design.

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Kokila  Doshi

Kokila Doshi, PhD

(619) 260-4843

Office: Olin Hall 110

Kokila Doshi is professor of Economics in the School of Business Administration. She joined the USD in 1988. Professor Doshi has developed two new international courses in the area of Asia-Pacific Business and Development. Recently, she also introduced another course in Tourism and Travel Economics. Professor Doshi's interest in applied economics and regional development is reflected in her economic impact studies. She conducted regional economic impact analysis of the X Games, the Rock 'n' Roll marathon, and the PGA International Golf Championship. Professor Doshi has published several scholary articles in economics and business journals. Her research interests focus on the privatization of public enterprises saving rates and economic policies of the Asian-Pacific countries. Professor Doshi has served on committees and task forces administering Irvine Grants for Cultural Diversity and Improvement of Statistical Instruction.

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Halina Duraj

Halina Duraj

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7429

Office: Founders Hall 173B

Office Hours: W 11:00am-12:00pm & 4:00-5:30pm; Th 2:30-5:00pm

Halina Duraj joined USD after receiving her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Davis. Her debut collection of short stories, The Family Cannon, won Augury Books' Editors' Prize and was published in 2014. She teaches literature and creative writing and also directs USD's Cropper Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series.

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Imane Khalil, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(619) 260-7856

Office: Loma Hall 328

Imane Khalil received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. She has an extensive background in industrial and government research from her years working at Hamilton Sundstrand and then Sandia National Laboratories where she was a developer on nuclear power plant modeling software and Sandia's primary physics simulation codes. In her last five years at Sandia, she had the role of a technical manager to teams of engineers working on multi-million dollar projects like the Mars Curiosity Rover for the Department of Energy and other federal agencies. Imane also was an Adjunct Professor teaching thermal dynamics and the senior engineering design class at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests are in numerical methods applied to solid and fluid mechanics, thermal hydraulics, reactor safety and uncertainty quantification applications.

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Anne Koenig

Anne Koenig

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4046

Office: Serra Hall 162

Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:15, Tuesday 10:45-12:00, Wednesday 9:30-12:00 or by appointment.

Anne Koenig, PhD, teaches courses such as Social Psychology, the Social Psychology Research Methods Lab, the Psychology of Gender, and Introductory Psychology. She also has an active research program, working with students on various research projects in the areas of gender issues, stereotyping, and prejudice. Koenig’s current research is focuses on issues relating to stereotype content, role congruity theory of prejudice, and the ideologies of sex differences.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Shalin Shah

Molly Reeves

Chelsea Marshall

Juliette Martichoux

Ashley Dunn

Meagan Wilkinson

Melanie Kliegel

Sarah Khan


Resident Assistants


Hayden Estes

Jacob Gillan

Kaitlin Ceragioli

Emma Vanden Busch

Hometown: Salem, OR

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Anthropology & Psychology/ Leadership Studies minor

Campus Involvement: Student Conduct Leadership Team

Fun Fact: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) went to my high school with his twin brother.

Samantha Strauss

Hometown: South Lyon, MI

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: International Relations, minors in Leadership Studies and Environmental Studoes

Campus Involvement: Intern at the Office of Sustainability, RA, guide for Outdoor Adventures, Travel Manager of Water Ski Team, USD Tour Guide, member of Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact: Paper Birch is my favorite type of tree