Boeing Technical Fellow Advises Faculty on How to Protect IP

howeInventors previously secured patents by documenting that they were the first to conceive of the invention. Now, however, patents are issued to those who file first with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

“An inventor has to file the patent as quickly as possible. It’s who gets to the patent office first,” said Boeing Technical Fellow Wayne Howe, speaking at the second meeting of the CSULB chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani, the chapter president, said generating and protecting intellectual property is an important aspect of academic life. The meeting was attended by faculty from throughout the university. Continue reading “Boeing Technical Fellow Advises Faculty on How to Protect IP”

‘I Don’t Care’ Team Wins CECS Annual Spring Programming Contest

Celebrity Programming Team

In the annual CSULB Computer Engineering and Computer Science spring programming contest, the team that apparently cared the least won.

Team I Don’t Care, comprising Aleks Kivuls, Kevin Duong, and Cesar Montelongo, came away with first place. “If you were to ask me who won the contest, I would truthfully have to say I Don’t Care,” quipped CSULB Programming Team Coach and lecturer Steve Gold.

The Luddites faculty team (pictured above) also participated. The team, made up of lecturers Neal Terrell, Josh Hayter, and Anthony Giacalone, was ineligible for prizes. Prizes and snacks were provided by the ACM chapter and CECS Department Coordinator Robin Ikemi. The three-hour contest included six programming problems.

Winning second place was the Gold Ghoti team, made up of Pongsakorn Cherngchaosil, Pongsathorn Cherngchaosil, and Alan Dao. And the third-place winner was Smitty Werben Man Jensen, comprising Jonathan Nuno and Crystal Chun.

The other teams who competed were:

  • The Duo (Jason Plourde and Rosswell Tiongco)
  • Team 97 (Stefin Mathew, Ivan Kim, and Harold Agnote)
  • Crimp (Alfredo Vargas and Abraham Malla), and
  • Code Whisperers (Nathan Rice, Ruben Baerga, and Jonathan Ascencio)

Dean Golshani Inducted into National Academy of Inventors

dean-naiCSULB College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani, holder of nearly a dozen patents, was among the nearly 100 innovators inducted as National Academy of Inventors Fellows at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston this month.

Election as an NAI Fellow is an honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have demonstrated “a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” Continue reading “Dean Golshani Inducted into National Academy of Inventors”

Northrop Grumman Holds Resume Workshop for Military Veterans

DSC_0274In the military, the unit is more important than the individual, said Northrop Grumman’s D.N. “Doc” Massard. But that’s not the case in private industry, where you must stand out as an individual to get hired.

A Northrop Grumman military recruiter, Massard was at CSULB Thursday to provide resume advice for engineering students who are military veterans. The company also supports a study room where the College of Engineering’s 120 veteran students can gather. Continue reading “Northrop Grumman Holds Resume Workshop for Military Veterans”

Honors Students Present their Research Results at Showcase

Most students wait until their graduate studies to complete a thesis. But not if you’re an engineering student enrolled in the CSULB Engineering Honors Track.

On Friday, nine Engineering Honors students completed what’s often a rite of passage in graduate school: presenting their theses before an academic audience. Representing almost all engineering disciplines, students presented on topics ranging from aging of composites and smartphone security to rover navigation and cardiac tissue engineering. Launched in 2013, the Engineering Honors Track now includes more than 100 students. Continue reading “Honors Students Present their Research Results at Showcase”

Practice Makes Perfect during Annual Mock Interview Day

CSULB engineering students Friday had a chance to hone their interview skills with major companies at the annual Mock Interviews event put on by the College of Engineering Department of Professional Development and Internships.

Representatives from three dozen companies, including the Aerospace Corp., Boeing, Disney, Southern California Edison, and Xerox, filled tables in the University Student Union, donating their time to interview students and provide feedback on areas for improvement.

“I think it’s important to help the students get comfortable with interviewing,” said Eric Thibodeau, a workflow business manager with Xerox. “After all, it’s something nobody likes to do.” Continue reading “Practice Makes Perfect during Annual Mock Interview Day”

Peer Mentoring Program Launches for Freshmen and Transfer Students

The CSULB College of Engineering already offers many programs to support students’ success. Beginning this Fall, entering freshmen and transfer students will also be able to join a learning community where they’ll be supported with mentoring, tutoring and networking to aid their transition into college.

The Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) program, funded by an HSI-STEM Sí Puedo grant, will be available to students in the colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Information sessions will be held from 12-2 p.m. on both Thursday, April 6, USU-205, and Friday, April 7, MCC. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. ] Continue reading “Peer Mentoring Program Launches for Freshmen and Transfer Students”

Engineering Panel Explores Future of Southern California Aerospace

Virgin Orbit's Launcher One

Speakers at the CSULB College of Engineering lecture Thursday voiced optimism that the region’s skilled workforce, livability, manufacturing facilities, and efforts to draw new companies will help Southern California remain a vibrant location for aerospace.

P2S Engineering Vice President Kent Peterson, who moderated the spring Engineering Distinguished Lecture, said his father transferred from Pratt & Whitney to take a job at Douglas Aircraft in Southern California. “I don’t work in aerospace, but I can tell you my life has been affected by it,” he said. “The aerospace industry was a giant in Southern California. We did most of the country’s manufacturing.” Continue reading “Engineering Panel Explores Future of Southern California Aerospace”

NSF Grant Will Help Advance Understanding of Human Motion

Dr. Emel Demircan, an assistant professor in the CSULB Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments.

Emel Demircan, an assistant professor in the CSULB Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments, has been awarded a $175,000 grant to advance the understanding of human motor performance to help clinicians develop more effective motion-training treatments.

The National Science Foundation award will fund research to create a cyber-human framework that advances robotics and biomechanics, deepening scientific understanding of human motor performance dictated by musculoskeletal physics and neural control.

“The project has great potential to impact our society by creating a wearable cyber-human system to provide immediate feedback to the wearer to make postural corrections – applicable for the reeducation of patients with musculoskeletal disorders and for performance improvement in motion training,” she said. Continue reading “NSF Grant Will Help Advance Understanding of Human Motion”

Company CEO Touts ‘Limitless Opportunities for Drones’

K2 Unmanned CEO Jason Kamdar envisions explosive growth for the drone industry, as technological hurdles are passed and new applications developed. “It’s the dot-com boom all over again,” he said. “Right now, there are limitless opportunities for drones.”

Unmanned drones have many advantages over aircraft flown by human pilots. They are less expensive, portable, and can fly in all weather conditions. They don’t require human pilots to be put at risk. One thing that currently limits drone range is the 30 minutes of battery life that Kamdar says is standard in the industry. To combat the short battery life, K2 uses a generator with eight charging stations on its missions. Continue reading “Company CEO Touts ‘Limitless Opportunities for Drones’”