BESST Welcomes New Freshman Cohorts As Program Enters Its Seventh Year

BESST students complete exerciseIncoming engineering freshman Anaya Blade is no stranger to California State University Long Beach. She attended high school at the nearby SATO Academy of Mathematics and Science, and has been participating in Future Girls at the Beach since her freshman year of high school and in the National Society of Black Engineers since she was a junior.

In mid-August, she was among more than three dozen members of the incoming cohort of the CSULB Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST) to attend the Engineering Summer Academy, a five-day program that exposes them to professional engineers and strategies for achieving success at university. Continue reading “BESST Welcomes New Freshman Cohorts As Program Enters Its Seventh Year”

POLB Executive Director Tells Students: ‘You can Imagine Anything You Want’

Dean Golshani, Mario Cordero, and Nicole Forrest Boggs
Dean Forouzan Golshani, left, with Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero and Director of Development Nicole Forrest Boggs.

Mario Cordero remembers what it was like to graduate high school and walk onto a large and unfamiliar campus preparing to study engineering. His father had immigrated from Mexico and worked at a manufacturing plant in Compton. His mother spoke little English.

“Neither one of my parents had gone to college,” said Cordero, now executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “The only professionals we came into contact with were engineers.”

His father suggested he study engineering. “Here I was—12 years old and I wanted to be a baseball player or a musician. Engineering was kind of foreign to me,” he told students enrolled in the CSULB BESST Engineering Summer Academy. Continue reading “POLB Executive Director Tells Students: ‘You can Imagine Anything You Want’”

Siemens Director Mia Fujii Shares Her 3 Tips for Success with BESST Students

Mia Fujii and her books
Mia Fujii is author of the book “Ladies…Make It Your Time Now.”

If you remember people’s names, you’ll go far. That was one of three tips that Mia Fujii of Siemens shared with incoming students in the CSULB Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST) to help them connect with more people. And she said it’s not only important to remember people’s names, but also know what they like to be called and how to spell their names.

Director of license compliance at Siemens Digital Industries and a member of the CSULB College of Engineering’s 100+ Women Strong Steering Committee, Fujii was one of six industry speakers that BESST students got to hear from during the Engineering Summer Academy. Continue reading “Siemens Director Mia Fujii Shares Her 3 Tips for Success with BESST Students”

Mechanical Engineering Student Teams Show Off their Senior Design Projects

More than 100 senior Mechanical Engineering students on 27 teams presented the results of their Senior Design Projects Wednesday at the annual Mechanical & Aerospace Department Innovation Expo. The projects included a device to generate energy from waves, a trash compactor, an automatic pet feeder, a device that prevents vinyl records from getting stuck, and many others.

The two-semester capstone courses, taught by Assistant Professor Surajit Roy and Professor Chris Beyer, emphasize theory and practice of modern design and manufacturing. During the first semester, students focus on the concept and embodiment design, and during the second semester, concentrate on project implementation.

Eight industry and alumni judges ranked the projects and issued Most Innovative Design Awards to two teams, one that designed an automatic Collar Feeder Mechanism and another that designed an Auto Calibration Drop Tester. Both projects were supported by Boeing and represented potential solutions to real-world industry problems. Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering Student Teams Show Off their Senior Design Projects”

Chemical Engineering Celebrates Graduates with Awards and Bowling

The CSULB Chemical Engineering Department celebrated its accomplishments—including the Chem-E Car Team’s first-place win in the AIChE Western Regional Conference—before rolling into the University Student Union bowling alley for some fun.

“This is a time of celebration,” said Chemical Engineering Chair Roger Lo. “Let us know how you’re doing and stay in touch.” Continue reading “Chemical Engineering Celebrates Graduates with Awards and Bowling”

Biomedical Engineering Department Celebrates First Graduating Cohort

Two years ago, the CSULB College of Engineering celebrated the launch of its standalone degree program for the fast-growing field of Biomedical Engineering, and on Friday, the first cohort of graduates celebrated completion of the program.

“This is a very exciting moment, because we are graduating our first cohort of the newly established department,” said Biomedical Engineering Chair Shadnaz Asgari. “We are all feeling very proud of every single one of you.” Continue reading “Biomedical Engineering Department Celebrates First Graduating Cohort”

Mechanical Engineering Major Zoe Smith Named Lockheed Martin STEM Scholar

CSULB mechanical engineering major Zoe Smith is one of the 200 recipients of Lockheed Martin’s inaugural STEM Scholarship, which provides $10,000 per year in funding plus a chance for a Lockheed Martin internship.

Smith is in the 2019 Dean’s Leadership Institute and is the industry/alumni liaison for the CSULB chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As soon as she heard about the scholarship from her advisor Tu Ngo, she decided she would apply.

“This money will help me financially, personally and academically,” said Smith, who hopes to graduate with as few loans as possible and has been working as treasurer of the Residence Hall Association. Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering Major Zoe Smith Named Lockheed Martin STEM Scholar”

Boeing Holds Interview Sessions for Its BCA-SoCal Student Engineering Program

There was strong interest Wednesday in a Boeing program that gives engineering students a chance to gain up to a year of job experience. The BCA-SoCal Student Engineering Program is open to juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens, have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and are studying aerospace, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering.

Dozens of students brought their resumes and dressed for success for a chance to be interviewed for one of 15 positions in Boeing’s Long Beach and Seal Beach facilities. The positions are full-time during summer and 20 hours per week during the school year. Seven hires will work at the Long Beach facility and the remainder in Seal Beach. Continue reading “Boeing Holds Interview Sessions for Its BCA-SoCal Student Engineering Program”

Student Organizations Hold Event to Celebrate Diversity in Engineering

MAES booth

Engineering student organizations gathered Monday to celebrate diversity in engineering with ethnic food, cultural displays, technical projects, engineering problems, and a panel of African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, and Latinx engineering students.

The event was organized by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), with support from the Associated Engineering Student Body (AESB).

“Diversity in engineering—it’s a no-brainer,” said Dean Forouzan Golshani. “Truly this is one of the most important factors in the success of our field.” Continue reading “Student Organizations Hold Event to Celebrate Diversity in Engineering”

CSULB’s Chem-E Car Team Takes First Place in the AIChE Regional Competition

On its first run, the Tank refused to operate. But on its second run, after some tinkering and troubleshooting, California State University Long Beach’s entry in the Chem-E Car competition sped off, stopping within 2.24 meters of its 17.2-meter goal and landing CSULB a first-place win.

“We knew we were close,” said team co-captain Anthony Reyes, adding that the team erupted in shrieks of enthusiasm when it was announced they beat out competitors at the AIChE Western Regional Conference at the University of Southern California earlier this month. Continue reading “CSULB’s Chem-E Car Team Takes First Place in the AIChE Regional Competition”