Harsimran Baweja, School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (he/him/his)
Dr. Harsimran Baweja, PT Ph.D., is a physical therapist by clinical trade, a neurophysiologist by research training, and a mad scientist by choice. The main effect of this unusual combination is pushing the boundaries of norms for academic curiosity. Dr. Baweja is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Since AY 2018, in collaboration with the CSU Chancellor’s Office – Academic Technology Services, he has facilitated a California State University Systemwide endeavor (Common Interest Group) on Immersive learning that meets once a month. This initiative aims to support a community of faculty, technologists, and student enthusiasts to help provide students with experiences and activities beyond the current scope of the physical classroom. Through immersive exploration, discovery, context, focus, and access to leading-edge technologies, faculty and their students connect learning objectives to real-world problems. With an emphasis on eliminating achievement gaps, opportunities are presented to enhance and expand the academic repertoire of CSU students in all spheres – communication, mathematics, arts, technology, and science (SDSU Strategic Plan – We Rise, We Defy; CSU Graduation Initiative 2025). Fun Fact: Dr. Baweja is an avid motorcyclist. He has completed several solo motorcycle expeditions to the Arctic Ocean, Route 66, India, Europe, and Central America. The primary purpose of these expeditions is to provide freshwater supplies and medications (Motorrad Angels), meet the people, and learn about different cultures and lifestyles in the heart of each country. He recently led a group of riders to Sach Pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the Himalayas at 14500 ft.
Claire Norberg, College of Health and Human Services (she/her/hers)
Claire has been a staff member in the College of Health and Human Services Dean’s Office since January 2007 and is currently an Analyst/Specialist. In her role, she works closely with staff, faculty, and students and enjoys the varied work she does in her administrative and student service roles. Claire is also an SDSU alumna and a current master’s student studying Environmental Health, interested in environmental justice. Fun fact: Claire has ridden motorcycles on numerous occasions with Dr. Baweja, and while not nearly as avid a rider (she prefers to sit on the back), she, too, loves the pursuit of adventure, travel and learning about new cultures around the world.