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”

Engineering Night at the Pyramid Stars Student-built Catapult

The College of Engineering this Saturday will be holding its 2nd annual Engineering Night at the Pyramid. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guests are invited to come cheer on the CSULB Men’s Basketball team as they take on University of California Irvine.

The game begins at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. A pre-game reception for alumni will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Pyramid dance studio. For game tickets, visit www.longbeachstate.com/coe17. Alumni and faculty can RSVP to the game and reception at coe-dev@csulb.edu.

The College will also be marking its 60th anniversary with interactive displays. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year with historic photos posted on the College’s Facebook page

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Another highlight of Engineering Night will be a Man vs. Machine half-time game featuring a catapult built by Chemical Engineering seniors Nathanael Dunham, Jonathon Garcia, and Josue Alonso, under the direction of Chemical Engineering Professor Ted Yu.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, catapults were used to storm castle walls—and hurl rocks, fireballs, and hot tar. This wooden catapult uses bunjee cords for tension. It will be throwing a basketball and taking on a former 49ers shooter in testing its hoop skills.

Dunham said when Dr. Yu suggested the project, “it sounded like fun.” However, as in the case of most engineering projects, turning the idea into reality was much more difficult.

The trio admit that being ChemE students put them at a disadvantage. “Building it was the tricky part because we don’t focus on physics in our major,” said Alonso, adding that they found plans for building a catapult on the Internet.

They worked on the catapult mostly over winter break, testing it in Dunham’s backyard. Another challenge was that none of the students had previously measured or cut wood. “It sounded easy but ended up being hard,” said Dunham.

Chemical Engineering Student Wins Second in Statewide Contest

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Last summer, while working as an OSRP Research Assistant, chemical engineering undergraduate Quang Ly faced a problem so challenging he almost gave up. But because the problem was so compelling—with potential major applications for fuel-cell batteries—he persevered.

“It was very frustrating. Sometimes I wanted to give up, but then I would take a rest and get back to it the next day,” he said.

After two months of effort, he made a breakthrough—attaching an -OO group, the first step in attaching OO to the graphene. Frequent conversations with his advisor Ted Yu were a big help in understanding the problem. Ly entered his paper, “Quantum Mechanics Simulation of Fe–N–C,” in the CSULB Student Research Competition, placing second. Then, unexpectedly, he became one of 10 CSULB undergraduate and graduate students selected to compete on the systemwide level April 29-30.  Continue reading “Chemical Engineering Student Wins Second in Statewide Contest”

The College Welcomes New Faculty and Administrators

New Faculty and Administrators

The College of Engineering welcomed seven new faculty and administrators during the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 academic year.


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Burkhard Englert

Burkhard Englert
CECS Chair

Dr. Englert has been at CSULB since August 2003, and served as the COE’s graduate program coordinator from 2011-2013. He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2000, and his areas of interest include distributed computing, computer security and transportation system simulation and modeling.


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Anastassios G. Chassiakos

Anastassios G. Chassiakos
EE Chair

Dr. Chassiakos holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and been with the College of Engineering since 1992. He served as the director of the California Pre-Doctoral Program for the Office of the CSU Chancellor from 2009-2012, and has extensive experience as a consultant for aerospace manufacturers including Rockwell International and Northrop Corporation.


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Nicole Forrest Boggs

Nicole Forrest Boggs
Director of Development

Ms. Boggs comes to CSULB with over a decade of development experience. Most recently she served as Director of Development at Cal Poly Pomona where she was responsible for frontline fundraising in the College of Education and Integrative Studies, Student Affairs, University Library and Presidential Priorities. Prior to her work at Cal Poly Pomona, she was Director of Annual Giving at the University of La Verne. Nicole holds an MBA with a marketing emphasis and Bachelors in Economics.


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Ted Yu

Ted Yu
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering

Dr. Yu holds a PhD in Materials Science from Caltech and has had many years of experience conducting experimental research at Lawrence Berkeley Labs. His area of interest include alternative energy applications of fuel cells, batteries, solar cells, and artificial photosynthesis.


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Mehrdad Aliasgari

Mehrdad Aliasgari
Assistant Professor
Computer Science

Dr. Aliasgari holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Notre Dame, where he completed a dissertation in “Secure Computation and Outsourcing of Biometric Data.” He also received his masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering Notre Dame, and holds a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. His research interests include computer security and applied cryptography.


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Bob Minaie

Bob Minaie
Boeing Endowed Professor of Manufacturing
MAE Department

Dr. Minaie holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research areas include manufacturing, materials, and mechanics including the use of advanced composites, thin films, and multifunctional nanostructured materials for aerospace, energy, green manufacturing, structural health monitoring, fuel cell, and transportation applications. His research has been supported at a significant level by NASA, ONR, AFOSR, DOE, NSF, and industry. Close collaboration with industry and providing leadership for university-industry-government teams in conducting interdisciplinary and multi-investigator research have been integral parts of his activities. Prior to joining CSULB, he served on the faculty of Wichita State University.


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Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh

Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh
Assistant Professor
MAE Department

Dr. Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Manufacturing Engineering from USC and has had six years of experience both as a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant conducting experimental research in the Additive Fabrication and Manufacturing Labs at USC. His research interests include powder metallurgy, 3D printing, metallic part fabrication, rapid prototyping, CAD/CAM and design of experiments.