Recognizing the DENSO Corporationís continuous and generous support of the College of Engineering, officials at CSULB dedicated the newly named DENSO Design and Manufacturing Laboratory in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 15, 2013. DENSO is a leading global supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety, and its ongoing support has been instrumental in defining the collegeís presence in the area of design and manufacturing.
"The College of Engineering wants to educate the best, most highly qualified students who will enter the work force and be able to immediately support the mission of their employers," says Forouzan Golshani, Dean of the College of Engineering. "DENSO has been phenomenal in enabling us to educate students on modern equipment and up-to-date technology."
CSULB Interim President Donald Para was also on hand to comment on Densoís substantial support of the College of Engineering. "The mission of Cal State Long Beach centers on student success. We graduate students who are well-prepared for their chosen careers. For this campus to continue to realize this goal, we need corporate and community partners who provide a critical edge in our studentís education. We are honored and very grateful that DENSO continues to be a significant partner for the College of Engineering in providing a high quality education for our students."
Through the DENSO Foundation, the company donates between $25,000 and $50,000 annually in support of the College of Engineeringís student activities, its lecture series, its Innovation Challenge competition, and other essential endeavors. The newly named lab provides students with a place to learn computer-aided design, manufacturing and non-destructive testing, as well as such cutting-edge fields as additive manufacturing, which involves making three-dimensional solid objects of virtually any shape from a digital model.
"In addition to enabling our students to acquire individual design and manufacturing skills, the DENSO Lab gives them the opportunity to learn to set up economical and efficient manufacturing processes, and this holds important implications for our regionís manufacturing industry and economy," says Golshani. "There is a push by the federal government to bring manufacturing back to the US, and this lab is enabling us to produce engineers who can help restore our manufacturing sector to its former glory."