Nikki Nguyen and Samantha Hangsan are both computer science majors. Despite that, their paths didn’t cross until a professor introduced them.
By starting the College of Engineering’s newest student organization—Women in Computing (WiC)—the pair hope to build a close-knit community where people of all identities can pursue their interests to positively impact the future of technology.
Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Aftab Ahmed has been awarded funding to create California State University Long Beach’s first optics and laser laboratory. Established with a $449,320 Department of Defense grant, the lab will foster learning opportunities for students and multidisciplinary research for CSULB faculty.
The CSULB College of Engineering has made increased gains in the number of degrees awarded per faculty member and remains a leader in the number of engineering degrees awarded to Asian-American and Hispanic students.
In the most recent American Society for Engineering Education rankings, the CSULB College of Engineering ranked 1st among U.S. universities in the ratio of bachelor’s degree recipients to faculty. That was up from 2nd in the previous year.
Incoming engineering freshman Anaya Blade is no stranger to California State University Long Beach. She attended high school at the nearby SATO Academy of Mathematics and Science, and has been participating in Future Girls at the Beach since her freshman year of high school and in the National Society of Black Engineers since she was a junior.
Mario Cordero remembers what it was like to graduate high school and walk onto a large and unfamiliar campus preparing to study engineering. His father had immigrated from Mexico and worked at a manufacturing plant in Compton. His mother spoke little English.
“Neither one of my parents had gone to college,” said Cordero, now executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “The only professionals we came into contact with were engineers.”
If you remember people’s names, you’ll go far. That was one of three tips that Mia Fujii of Siemens shared with incoming students in the CSULB Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST) to help them connect with more people. And she said it’s not only important to remember people’s names, but also know what they like to be called and how to spell their names.
More than 100 senior Mechanical Engineering students on 27 teams presented the results of their Senior Design Projects Wednesday at the annual Mechanical & Aerospace Department Innovation Expo. The projects included a device to generate energy from waves, a trash compactor, an automatic pet feeder, a device that prevents vinyl records from getting stuck, and many others.
The two-semester capstone courses, taught by Assistant Professor Surajit Roy and Professor Chris Beyer, emphasize theory and practice of modern design and manufacturing. During the first semester, students focus on the concept and embodiment design, and during the second semester, concentrate on project implementation.
The CSULB Chemical Engineering Department celebrated its accomplishments—including the Chem-E Car Team’s first-place win in the AIChE Western Regional Conference—before rolling into the University Student Union bowling alley for some fun.
Two years ago, the CSULB College of Engineering celebrated the launch of its standalone degree program for the fast-growing field of Biomedical Engineering, and on Friday, the first cohort of graduates celebrated completion of the program.