CIS Faculty

Full Time Faculty:

Dr. Paramsothy Thananjeyan

Paramsothy Thananjeyan, Ph.D.

CIS Department Chair & Business Department Chair

Education: Bachelor of Technology, Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 1987

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1990

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Master of Science, Computer Science University of Minnesota, 1998Areas of Interest:

Computer Programming, Operating Systems, and Networking

Geographic Information Systems

Computer Applications to Transportation Engineering


Phone: (510) 981-2921

Val Djukich

Vladeta (Val) Djukich

Joined the Computer Information Systems Department of Berkeley City College (formerly vista Community College) in 2002. His professional background spans over twenty years in Information Technology starting as a programmer/analyst designing and implementing applications for targeted end user needs and then advancing into operating systems analysis & support and eventually settling into network design, administration and technical support of mid sized computer network environments for private and public sector special interest groups.Before coming to Berkeley City College Val had taught a variety of computer science and information technology courses ranging from computer programming to various aspects of networking technology at community colleges and high schools throughout Southern California.In addition to an undergraduate degree in engineering technology and an MBA he has primary and secondary teaching credentials from the State of California and holds numerous IT industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA. Outside of his interests in computer networking, Val is an avid experimental aircraft enthusiast and participates in the building of EAA members aircraft in the local area. He looks forward soon to the day when he will begin construction of his own airplane.

Email:; (510) 981-2863


Benjamin Allen, M.S, M.A, Ph.D


Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Seidel



Fayez El Giheny

Earned a MS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University in 1998, and also holds BS degrees in Accounting and Management. He has taught CIS classes at Berkeley City College (formerly Vista Community College) since 1999, and has taught CIS, accounting, and other business courses at Napa Valley College, College of Alameda, Chabot College, and Heald College. He also has experience in database design and management, entrepreneurism and business operations, as well as non-profit organization development and other public service activities.



Rohullah Najibi

Earned a BA in Computer Science University of California, Berkeley

Special interests in Machine Learning Researcher and Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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