CIS Faculty

Dr. Paramsothy Thananjeyan Paramsothy Thananjeyan, Ph.D.
CIS Department Chair & Business Department Chair

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 EngineeringEmail:
Phone: (510) 981-2921

Neil Dunlop Neil Dunlop, BA, MBA

He has taught at Berkeley City College (formerly Vista Community College) for 27 years. He is the author of four books on data base management. Based on student nominations, his biography has been listed in the 2004 and 2005 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Email:; (510) 981-2906


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


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.



 Irfan Ortak Irfan Ortak, B.A., M.S.

B.S. in Computer and Instructional Technology Education, Balikesir, Turkey, 2004
M.S.  in Educational Technology Leadership, CSU East Bay, 2012

Background in Education:
Joined Peralta Community College District in 2015 and taught CIS at College of Alameda. Started teaching Exploring Robotics and CIS 1 at Berkeley City College in Summer 2016. Before joining Peralta, Irfan had taught a variety of Computer Science courses including Computer Programming and AP Computer Science at high school. He has also worked as a public school administrator for five years. His responsibilities included curriculum development, academic planning, staff development, technology coordinator and program implementations.



Dr. Tarif Qazi Tarif Qazi, Ph.D.

Associate in Arts in Computer Science
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, U.C. Berkeley
MBA and Ph.D. in Information Systems, U.C. Berkeley

Recipient of the International Military Education Trust Award, US Air Force
Recipient of Regents’ Scholarship, U.C. Berkeley
Medal of Honor for Outstanding Service, United Nations Organization