Program Chair of Physics and Engineering
Director of Engineering Programs
After receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, Grace Ni developed patented haptic technologies (force-feedback using motorized devices) for virtual reality and telepresence at a Canadian high-tech startup. She then devoted the next 16 years to engineering education before joining Biola University. She has spent the past 13 years at California Baptist University, where she taught a broad spectrum of engineering courses and served as the department chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering for six years. Prior to that, she worked at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering. Ni’s research interests include mobile robotics, mechatronics, control systems, haptics/telehaptics as well as engineering education. Her most recent research projects involve the integration of computer vision and machine learning into robotic/mechatronic systems. She is passionate to educate students on the integration of principles in God’s creation of the natural world into innovative engineering design and the practice of servant leadership for the betterment of human society.