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.”

Dean Forouzan Golshani congratulated the Class of 2019 ChE graduates, as well as members of the Chem-E Car Team. “Our region and our state are packed with some big names,” he said. “That was a huge achievement. Great job.”

Alumni John Crouch wished the graduates luck as they enter the Chemical Engineering field. “It’s very gratifying to watch your success and know the hard work you put into it,” he said.

The Chem-E Car Team members recognized, include: Assistant Professor Ted Yu, advisory council member Mack Knobbe, lecturer Michael Hom, and students Evelyn Muro, Anthony Reyes, Diana Portillo, David Luong, Julio Zuniga, Sean Blydt-Hansen, Brenda De La Torre, Calvin Ho, Siwanet Ratanasiripornchai, Randolph De Leon, and Charlie Norng.

The Graduate Dean’s List recipient was Natalie Elyse Silver. Receiving the AIChE Officer Service Award were Sandra Hwee, Evelyn Muro, Aron Avella, Mohamed Abohamad, Aaron Perez, Cesar Ruiz, Marisol Bernal, Valeria Lopez, Diana Portillo, Minh Nguhen, and My Vu.

Audrey Nguyen was named Outstanding BS ChE Student, and Tamunotelema Higgwe, Wade Shipley, and Dejuante Walker received Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards. Marisol Bernal, a member of Beach Biotech, one of the CSULB Innovation Challenge finalists, received a certificate of recognition, along with her advisor Professor Sergio Mendez.

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”

CSULB Chapter Places Fifth in American Society of Civil Engineers Competition

team in timber category

Under the direction of Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Lisa Star and Lecturer Jeremy Redman, CSULB’s team placed fifth overall in the American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo this month.

Nearly 50 students on nine teams competed to build a concrete canoe, geotechnical wall, timber house, and more. The CSULB ASCE Student Chapter, led by Co-Presidents Marionne Lapitan and Mario Martinez, was also named Outstanding Student Chapter by ASCE National. Continue reading “CSULB Chapter Places Fifth in American Society of Civil Engineers Competition”

MAE’s Ramin Esfandiari Named CSULB 2019 Outstanding Professor of the Year

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Professor Ramin Esfandiari has been named CSULB’s 2019 Outstanding Professor of the Year.

Dr. Esfandiari, who has been teaching at CSULB for more than three decades, has authored or co-authored 15 books, including “Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems, 3rd ed., 2018”, “Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists Using MATLAB, 2nd ed., 2017”, and “Applied Mathematics for Engineers, 5th ed., 2013.”

“I am filled with gratitude for such recognition, as I have simply followed my passion in the past 32 years,” he said.

In recommending Dr. Esfandiari for the recognition, College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani noted that his teaching evaluation scores have been among the highest in the College of Engineering throughout his tenure. Continue reading “MAE’s Ramin Esfandiari Named CSULB 2019 Outstanding Professor of the Year”

College of Engineering 2019 Outstanding Graduate Got Start in BESST and BUILD

Jairo ContrerasMechanical engineering senior Jairo Maldonado-Contreras has been named the CSULB College of Engineering’s 2019 Outstanding Graduate. A member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, he has held internships at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University.

After graduation from CSULB, he will pursue a PhD in robotics at GeorgiaTech, studying human-intent recognition algorithms used to control prostheses and exoskeletons under advisor Dr. Aaron Young.

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