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Computer Science

Meet the needs of today's workplace


Faculty and Staff


Mr. Michael Berringer

Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 78132

Email: mberringer@losmedanos.edu



Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct







Mary Figliulo

Ms. Mary Figliulo
Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 77529
Email: mfigliulo@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct


Mary Figliulo is a long term Information Technology professional with 30 + years of PC hardware and software expertise including

  • Local area networks (LANs)
  • Email support
  • SharePoint installation and set-up
  • Access database development
  • Disaster/Recovery Planning
  • COBOL programming

Currently Mary is doing contract work and some volunteer work as well. She has taught at City College of San Francisco for 5-years and has been at Los Medanos College since 2008.


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Mr. Louie Giambattista
Phone: (925) 473-7791
Email: lgiambattista@losmedanos.edu



Computer Science Chair
Computer Science Instructor


Louie works diligently to promote student interest and education in Computer Science. His goal is to ultimately increase the number of students who transfer to four-year schools to complete their degrees in Computer Science.


Louie has taught Computer Science at City College of San Francisco, College of San Mateo and Diablo Valley College.



  • BA in Computer Science, UC Berkeley
  • MBA in Business, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.


Sandi Jones

Ms. Sandy Jones
Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 77527
Email: sajones@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct


Sandy Jones is an IT veteran with over twenty-five years experience designing and delivering customer support and technical training. She has performed work and conducted training in the fields of

    • Computer Forensics
    • Networking
    • Information Security
    • Help Desk Technical Support
    • Digital Imaging
    • Specialized applications.

Sandy, through her work as the SB-70 Grant Director was actively involved in the development of the department's AS degree pathways, certificate programs and the new curriculum. She works closely with faculty and members of the Advisory Board.




Mr. Jim Lipscomb
Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 78127
Email: jlipscomb@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct


Bio: Jim has a vast knowledge of PCs.






Mac Littlefield

Mr. Warren (Mac) Littlefield

Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 77505

Email: wlittlefield@losmedanos.edu



Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct



After getting a BS at MIT and a Masters at Stanford, Mac worked at Washington University on the LINC evaluation project and the Macromodular Project. He joined the Peace Corps in Ecuador teaching Electrical Engineering. Mac received his doctorate at Washington Univ., and then began a spiritual odyssey culminating in meeting Baba Muktananda in 1975. When Baba passed on in 1982, Gurumayi, Baba's successor, became his teacher. From 1975 onward, Mac says his life had taken a totally different trajectory than he ever could have anticipated. He considers himself a very fortunate person.


Mac taught Computer Science at Sullivan County Community College from 1983 until 1998, and Electrical Engineering at State University of New York in New Paltz in 1984 and 1985.  In 1997 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from State University of New York.



  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • MS, Stanford University
  • Doctorate, Washington University


YouTube Video: DigiBarn TV: Warren "Mac" Littlefield on the 1960s LINC computer


Joenil Mistal

Mr. Joenil Mistal
Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 77526
Email: jmistal@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct


Joenil Mistal is a project manager for Kaiser Permanente who is responsible for recommending, deploying, and supporting the mission critical applications and systems of the Kaiser Permanente's Pharmacy Call Center in Livermore California. Having been with the organization for over 18 years, Joenil has been instrumental in managing the technology used in the call center.



    • Bachelor Degree in Industrial Management Engineering, De La Salle University
    • MBA, University of San Francisco


Ms. Mitra Shahraz
Phone: (925) 439-2181, ext. 78229
Email: mshahraz@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct



Mitra  Shahraz started her computer career in 1973 working for the military as a COBOL programmer.  She has also worked as a mainframe platform operator in Silicon Valley, and as a C++ programmer and project coordinator.


Mitra started teaching in 1995. She has taught at Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, Laney College, Ohlone College, Chapman University, Heald College, Pittsburg Adult School and at the Concord, Pittsburg, and Oakland senior centers. Mitra teaches her students the importance of computer concepts while placing a strong emphasis on computer information systems.




    • MS in CIS with a Minor in Math, California State Hayward University


Clayton Smith

Mr. Clayton Smith
Phone: (925) 473-7792
Email: csmith@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor


Clayton Smith has been teaching at Los Medanos College since 1995, where his areas of emphasis has been

    • Networking
    • Computer ethics
    • Cyber security
    • Internet studies
    • Online instruction



    • Diablo Valley College
    • UC Berkeley (Go Bears!)


James Spagnol

Mr. James Spagnol
Phone: (925) 473-7787
Email: jspagnol@losmedanos.edu

Position: Staff: Computer Technician (evening)


James Spagnol started at Los Medanos College fresh out of high school as a student in 1981. In 1982 he was hired as a student assistant and then as a tutor in the Computer Science Department. In 1984 James was hired as Campus Computer Center Assistant which was later reclassified as Computer Center Technician II.


From the 1980’s to present, James has

    • worked with mainframe computers using terminals until they were phased out in favor of microcomputers
    • worked with reel-to-reel tape backup, zip drives, impact printers, and other various hardware
    • used various word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software
    • programmed in several languages not least of which were COBOL, FORTRAN, Pascal, miscellaneous flavors of C, BASIC, and web based scripting languages like JavaScript, VBscript, Python, etc.

James is currently working as a night shift employee for the Computer Science Department. He also supports the Business, PTEC and ETEC departments.


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Work hours:
Mon-Thu: 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Karen Stanton

Ms. Karen Stanton

Phone: (925) 473-7788
Email: kstanton@losmedanos.edu



    • Staff: Computer Technician (days)
    • Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct


Karen has over 30 years experience working in the computer field. She was hired at Los Medanos College in 1996 as a staff member, then started teaching as an adjunct faculty member in 1997.



    • BS in Business Information Systems
    • MS in Computer Information Systems

Staff Work hours:
Spring / Fall hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m

Summer hours:

Mon-Thu: 6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Dan Young

Mr. Daniel Young
Phone: (925) 439-2181 ext. 77528
Email: dyoung@losmedanos.edu


Computer Science Instructor, Adjunct


Dan's experience comes from many years working in Information Technology (IT) for large corporations. He started teaching classes as an adjunct instructor at Los Medanos College in the Fall semester of 2000.


Dan's entire objective as an instructor is to make sure students have the maximum opportunity to be successful in his courses. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the subject matter as there is no such thing as a dumb question.



Dan's experience and education are extensive in operating systems, applications, and Internet technologies with a minor in computer science and many additional computer science courses post-baccalaureate.

    • BA in Speech with a Minor in Computer Science, University of Washington, Seattle
    • MBA, California State University, East Bay