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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Four Finalist Teams Face Off at 2019 Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition

A cold-brew-coffee service, a battery-recycling business, a vegan food-finder, and a diagnostic medical-device startup will present their plans to judges at the CSULB Innovation Challenge Finalist Pitch Competition and Award Ceremony on April 11.

Sips Cold Brew plans to deliver locally produced cold-brew coffee to college students at a competitive price. Students will receive weekly or biweekly deliveries of a 32-ounce growler, enough for four to six servings. Continue reading “Four Finalist Teams Face Off at 2019 Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition”

April 22 Diversity in Engineering Event to Feature Student Technical Project Expo

Diversity in Engineering FlyerCSULB student groups will host a Diversity in Engineering event on Monday, April 22 to celebrate inclusion and diversity within the College of Engineering and showcase student technical projects.

Running from 6-9 p.m. in the USU Ballroom, the event will feature technical projects from students in all engineering majors, cultural foods, displays, games, and engineering challenges. It is sponsored by the Associated Engineering Student Body and is being organized by the CSULB student chapters of the American Indian Science and Engineers Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES) and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). Continue reading “April 22 Diversity in Engineering Event to Feature Student Technical Project Expo”

ME Alumni Shares His Experience as R&D Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman

Mechanical engineering alumni Bryan Calungcagin, now a research and development test engineer with Northrop Grumman, returned to campus Wednesday with some advice. All that theory in courses like power plant design, control systems, and finite element analysis? Students are actually going to need it once they start working in the engineering field. Continue reading “ME Alumni Shares His Experience as R&D Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman”

ExploreCSR Introduces Female Students to the World of Computer Science Research

In most university computer science classes, women are a minority. But at last weekend’s exploreCSR workshop at California State University Long Beach, the opposite was true.

The three-day workshop, supported by a $35,000 grant from Google, drew about 50 students from universities throughout Southern California, including Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona, and San Diego in the California State University system, and Irvine and San Diego in the University of California system. All but three were women. Continue reading “ExploreCSR Introduces Female Students to the World of Computer Science Research”

SBIR/STTR Workshop Forges Connections between Businesses and Academia

Small Business Innovation Research attendees

Small businesses, faculty members, and researchers turned out Thursday at the College of Engineering’s SBIR/STTR Workshop to learn more about securing federal funding to build businesses.

The event, sponsored by Rep. Alan Lowenthal, the city of Long Beach, and the Southern California Biomedical Council, drew about 100 people to the Pointe Conference Center at the Walter Pyramid.

College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golashani pointed out that the more than 28 million small businesses in the United States form the backbone of the economy.  “Looking at the increase in federal government funding compelled us to see how we can bring people together to compete for these opportunities,” he said. Continue reading “SBIR/STTR Workshop Forges Connections between Businesses and Academia”

Associate Dean Dr. Rahai Named Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

Hamid Rahai, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the CSULB College of Engineering, has been named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is among 66 inventors named to the inaugural class of Senior Members, representing 37 NAI Member Institutions collectively holding more than 1,100 issued U.S. patents.

Dr. Rahai is founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services (CEERS), and a professor in CSULB’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments. Continue reading “Associate Dean Dr. Rahai Named Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors”

BESST Graduate Prepares for Doctorate

Jairo Maldonado-Contreras

Attending high school on California’s Central Coast, Jairo Maldonado-Contreras got good grades, but didn’t plan to attend college. He sent out a few applications because his friends did, and was surprised when he was accepted at Long Beach State University.

Contreras chose to study engineering because he liked math. He also hoped to provide a better life for his mother, Rosa, who supports the family by picking strawberries. “When I got my acceptance, she was happy for me but also brokenhearted that I was moving three hours away,” he said. “We were always accustomed to looking after each other.”

Luckily for Contreras, he arrived at Long Beach State as the College of Engineering was establishing the Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST), a support program for incoming freshmen, particularly those from diverse backgrounds and with greatest need. Students attend a summer camp before the semester starts, go to classes and social activities as a group, and receive individual and group tutoring and mentoring. Continue reading “BESST Graduate Prepares for Doctorate”