Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Faculty and Visiting Scholar

Dear Richland College Community,

When we convene on Thursday, May 12, to celebrate the graduation of our students, please take time to welcome the class of 2015-2016 faculty and visiting scholar to their first graduation at Richland College. Their bios help acquaint you to their educational backgrounds and professional experiences. You may discover that you have something in common with them. Please join me in thanking our new faculty and visiting scholar for selecting Richland College as their home to begin their academic career, and congratulating them for successfully completing this semester. I ask you to invite them to aspire to Richland’s vision of being the best place we can be to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world community.

Zarina Blankenbaker
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success



Yousuf Adenwala
Engineering Faculty
Yousuf Adenwala has worked as an adjunct instructor of engineering at Richland College since 2012 before becoming a visiting scholar in January 2016. Prior to this, he was involved in teaching at Kimball High School in Dallas, and he has also previously worked as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Adenwala received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University in India and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

HeadshotGilberto Castillo
Speech Visiting Scholar
Gilberto Castillo began teaching at Richland College in August 2015. Prior to that, his previous teaching experience includes teaching communication courses at the University of Texas-Pan American, the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication from the University of Texas-Pan American. One of Castillo’s primary goals is to always help students improve their communication skills.

HeadshotSimona Farcasiu
Electronics Grant-Funded Faculty
Simona Farcasiu began teaching at Richland College in August 2015. Previously, she taught engineering and mathematics courses, developed courseware and served in administrative roles at various institutions. Farcasiu holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti in Romania and a master’s in learning technology from the University of North Texas.

HeadshotEric Osei-Yiadom
Physics Temporary Faculty
Eric Osei-Yiadom moved to the U.S. in 2003 to pursue a master’s degree in materials physics at Texas State University after earning a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi-Ghana. After working in the industry for about a year, Dr. Osei-Yiadom then went to earn his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of North Texas, with his dissertation being “The Effects of Plasma, Temperature and Chemistry on Low Dielectric Constant Thin Films.” His previous teaching experiences include teaching a variety of physics courses as an adjunct faculty member at Richland College and Tarrant County College.