Mechanical Engineering Students and Faculty Win OCEC Awards

OCEC Awards
MAE Assistant Professor Praveen Shankar, left, guiding last year’s Mars Rover team on building a vehicle that can handle rough terrain.

Students and faculty from the CSULB Department of Mechanical Engineering received recognition at the 2016 Orange County Engineering Council Awards banquet last weekend.

Four CSULB students received Outstanding Engineering Student awards: Eric Barba and Farah Itani, both mechanical engineering seniors; Soorena Moogooie, a mechanical engineering junior and president of the CSULB Society for Petroleum Engineers chapter; and PhD candidate Darin Koblick.

Two students—Armando Fuentes and Koblick—also received the Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering Students and Faculty Win OCEC Awards”

CSULB Engineering Team Competing in Rover Contest Again

rover-over2A multidisciplinary team from CSULB’s College of Engineering will be back competing in RASC-AL Robo Ops again this year. The CSULB team was among eight finalists selected to design and build a rover and travel to NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston to test its performance on Mars-like terrain.

Sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), RASC-AL—short for Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage—challenges multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate teams to design and build a planetary rover and demonstrate its ability to perform tasks in the Rock Yard, an environment that simulates the rough terrain of the moon and Mars. Continue reading “CSULB Engineering Team Competing in Rover Contest Again”