Category Archives: Professional Development

CECS Introducing Colloquium Series

The Long Beach State Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science this semester will be launching a Colloquium Series to provide a forum for industry best practices and to make research more tangible for students.

Each semester, there will be 4-5 talks by invited speakers from academia and industry, said CECS Assistant Professor Birgit Penzenstadler.

The first talk will be on Thursday, Sept 28 from 12:30-2 p.m. in VEC-110. It will feature Ph.D. candidate Jayden Khakurel, who will discuss Human-centered Design and Wearables. Continue reading

Making the Most of Career Fairs

A year ago, Electrical Engineering majors Daniela Bosze and Jose Gomez were in the same position as the 70 students who attended Tuesday’s Southern California Edison information session—wondering how to make the most of career fairs.

Bosze and Gomez attended the Edison info session last year, and stopped by the Edison booth at the fall Engineering Job & Internship Fair. Although Bosze said she hadn’t yet taken any classes in power, she expressed an eagerness to learn. Gomez hadn’t taken power classes either, but spent time before the job fair getting up to speed.

“You have to convey the message that you’re trying to learn,” said Bosze, who, like Gomez, is now a year-round Edison intern. Continue reading

Northrop Grumman Holds Resume Workshop for Military Veterans

DSC_0274In the military, the unit is more important than the individual, said Northrop Grumman’s D.N. “Doc” Massard. But that’s not the case in private industry, where you must stand out as an individual to get hired.

A Northrop Grumman military recruiter, Massard was at CSULB Thursday to provide resume advice for engineering students who are military veterans. The company also supports a study room where the College of Engineering’s 120 veteran students can gather. Continue reading

Practice Makes Perfect during Annual Mock Interview Day

CSULB engineering students Friday had a chance to hone their interview skills with major companies at the annual Mock Interviews event put on by the College of Engineering Department of Professional Development and Internships.

Representatives from three dozen companies, including the Aerospace Corp., Boeing, Disney, Southern California Edison, and Xerox, filled tables in the University Student Union, donating their time to interview students and provide feedback on areas for improvement.

“I think it’s important to help the students get comfortable with interviewing,” said Eric Thibodeau, a workflow business manager with Xerox. “After all, it’s something nobody likes to do.” Continue reading

Peer Mentoring Program Launches for Freshmen and Transfer Students

The CSULB College of Engineering already offers many programs to support students’ success. Beginning this Fall, entering freshmen and transfer students will also be able to join a learning community where they’ll be supported with mentoring, tutoring and networking to aid their transition into college.

The Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) program, funded by an HSI-STEM Sí Puedo grant, will be available to students in the colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Information sessions will be held from 12-2 p.m. on both Thursday, April 6, USU-205, and Friday, April 7, MCC. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. ] Continue reading

Company CEO Touts ‘Limitless Opportunities for Drones’

K2 Unmanned CEO Jason Kamdar envisions explosive growth for the drone industry, as technological hurdles are passed and new applications developed. “It’s the dot-com boom all over again,” he said. “Right now, there are limitless opportunities for drones.”

Unmanned drones have many advantages over aircraft flown by human pilots. They are less expensive, portable, and can fly in all weather conditions. They don’t require human pilots to be put at risk. One thing that currently limits drone range is the 30 minutes of battery life that Kamdar says is standard in the industry. To combat the short battery life, K2 uses a generator with eight charging stations on its missions. Continue reading

Behr Has Summer Internship Openings in Research & Development Division

behrHistory3If you’d like to know more about research and development, Behr Paint has openings for three summer interns.

The 70-year-old company, headquartered in Santa Ana, started off selling stain and varnish and branched into paint when it became a supplier to Home Depot. Behr was one of the first companies to introduce computer matching and combined paint and primer. Continue reading

CEM Holds Speed Networking Dinner

Construction companies are always searching for top-notch graduates. And construction engineering management students are always on the lookout for internships and job opportunities to launch their careers. So what better way to connect the two groups than over dinner?

The CSULB Construction Engineering Management program’s inaugural Speed Networking event brought together 63 students and seven construction companies Wednesday evening. Students had the chance to eat salad with one company, dinner with another, and dessert with a third—with even more networking time after dinner. Continue reading

AT&T Expands Its Internship Program

attInterested in moving to another state, meeting new friends, and gaining experience with the world’s largest communications company? Then perhaps you should apply for an AT&T internship.

The company hires 670 interns each summer through its 10-week paid internships, which are open to undergraduate students of all majors who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Interns can be assigned to AT&T offices anywhere in the country. The company assists with short-term housing and arranging for roommates.

Emiliano Duenas, lead college recruiting manager, says students should view the internships as “10-week paid vacations.” Continue reading

Virgin Galactic Director Mandy Vaughn Speaks at CSULB SWE Event

Mandy Vaughn, Senior Director of Business Development and Mission Management at Virgin Galactic, told the girls at Friday’s Women Engineers @ the Beach event that it’s important to ask questions.

“Don’t be afraid to ask a question if you’re the only girl in the class,” said Vaughn, the keynote speaker. “If you’re the only girl in the class, they’re going to remember you whether you like it or not.” Continue reading