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College of Engineering Receives Transportation Research Award

The Long Beach State University College of Engineering has been selected as part of a $2 million statewide consortium to conduct transportation research and workforce development under Senate Bill 1 (SB 1).

The California State University Transportation Consortium (CSUTC) will be led by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University. Other participants include CSU Chico and CSU Fresno. The College of Engineering will be assisted by the LBSU Center for International Trade & Transportation.

“The College of Engineering has a long history of conducting transportation research, including its environmental impacts, and transportation workforce training,” said Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs Hamid Rahai, the project’s principal investigator. “We are strongly committed to contributing our resources and efforts to helping California solve its transportation problems.”

The College of Engineering supports two transportation research centers. Its National Center for Transportation, Green Technologies and Education (TransGET), established in 2009, operates the Caltrans Joint Training and Certification Program, and conducts interdisciplinary research on infrastructure, freight movements, and mobility. The College’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services (CEERS), established in 2003, focuses on the environmental impacts of transportation, and research on energy and environmental systems, environmental health, water resources, air pollution, and groundwater contamination.

The Long Beach and San Jose campuses are located in dense urban areas where congestion and efficient movement are of prime concern. The Chico and Fresno campuses, meanwhile, are located in the Central Valley, where deteriorating infrastructure and a lack of public transportation are paramount concerns.

Under SB 1, the California Legislature budgets up to $2 million annually to the CSU system to conduct transportation research, training, and workforce development. MTI is tasked with unifying the efforts of the four campuses to support the state’s geographical, cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity. MTI will administer funds and direct a process to identify specific research projects aligned with SB 1 priorities.

SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, is a landmark transportation investment to rebuild California by fixing neighborhood streets, freeways and bridges in communities across California and targeting funds toward transit and congested trade and commute corridor improvements.


EE Remembers Lecturer Boi Tran

At its Department Graduation Monday, the CSULB Electrical Engineering Department commemorated lecturer Boi Tran’s supportive mentoring with an award in his name. Chris Hirunthanakorn (BSEE) received the Boi Tran Award, in memory of the late electrical engineering lecturer, who passed away suddenly late last year.

“It’s my honor that I’ve met and worked with Boi Tran, whose untimely passing has left a hole in our collective soul,” said Professor Anastasios Chassiakos, who described Tran as not only a very talented engineer but a trusted friend and mentor. Tran’s wife, Mindy, was present to accept the award.

Another of the department’s awards is named for the late Gerald Doski, an ever-helpful technician. The Doski Award this year went to Scott Salazar. Continue reading

Xerox VP Arnold Hackett Named CECS Distinguished Alumni

Arnold Hackett was one of nine children raised by a single parent. He is now vice president of alliance and partnership management at Xerox.

The 2001 CSULB computer science graduate said he has Xerox to thank—and also CSULB. “They helped me become what I am today,” he told students at the CECS Department Graduation.

Hackett, who earned his master’s in computer science while working at Xerox, on Monday received the CECS Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also named the Alumni Association’s College of Engineering 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hackett said a degree in computing is very powerful. “You’ve been given the tools to create and innovate and make your dreams a reality,” he said. Continue reading

CECEM Grads Recognized for their Achievement at Department Event

Students graduating from the Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department were recognized for their achievement Monday at the CECEM Department Graduation.

“Today’s event is organized for you to have another chance to meet with your faculty,” said Dean Forouzan Golshani. “On behalf of the faculty and staff of this university, we salute you as peers.”

David Callis ‘88, a Senior Vice President at Swinerton Builders, and Jeff Goodermote ‘10, director of Parking Structures at Swinerton, received CECEM Distinguished Alumni Awards. Callis and Goodernote both graduated from CSULB with degrees in Construction Engineering Management. Continue reading

MAE’s Rodolfo Amezcua 2017 Outstanding Graduate

2017 Outstanding Grtaduate

Rodolfo Amezcua, left, with MAE Assistant Professor David Stout.

Rodolfo Amezcua didn’t set out to major in engineering. It became an obvious option, however, when he realized he was good at math and not at all interested in writing.

He also didn’t expect to pursue a PhD right after undergraduate studies. But now the mechanical engineering major will begin graduate studies in control systems at University of Southern California in the fall. USC will fully fund his first two years of study, and a Ford Graduate Fellowship fill fund three more years of study. Continue reading

CECEM Project Management Team Takes First Place in Reno Competition

CSULB Construction Engineering Management students came away with a first-place win for Project Management at this year’s Reno Competition, thanks, in part, to support from a dedicated alumni.

Kris Nordbak, a 2005 CEM graduate who now works as Project Director at McCarthy Building Companies, served as an industry coach for the Project Management Team. He also participated in training sessions last summer to help prepare for Reno. Continue reading

Dean Forouzan Golshani at NAI chapter meeting

Dean Golshani Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

CSULB College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani, holder of nearly a dozen patents, is among 175 distinguished academic inventors named as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election as an NAI Fellow is an honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have demonstrated “a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

The 2016 Fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents. Included among NAI’s 757 Fellows—who together hold over 26,000 patents—are more than 94 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and institutes; 376 members of the National Academy of Sciences; 28 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 45 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; 28 Nobel Laureates, 215 AAAS Fellows; 132 IEEE Fellows; and 116 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions. Continue reading

College Pays Tribute to Emeritus Civil Engineering Professor Ali Eshett

College of Engineering faculty and staff gathered Thursday to pay tribute to retired Civil Engineering professor Ali Eshett, who has donated $500,000 to support CSULB business and engineering scholarships and faculty development.

Eshett taught in the Civil Engineering department from 1966 to 1998. His wife, Channa, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration from CSULB, while his daughter Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration from CSULB. Continue reading

Innovation Challenge Kicks Off 7th Season

Innovation Challenge snapshotStartups are an important vehicle for U.S. economic growth, accounting for half of all new jobs created. At CSULB, students have a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience in starting a business through the Innovation Challenge, an annual contest that provides the winning entrepreneurial team with $50,000 in cash and services to get started.

Now in its seventh year, the Innovation Challenge is supported by the CSULB Colleges of the Arts, Business Administration, and Engineering, along with industry leaders with varied high-level business experience. The contest is open to all students. Continue reading

DENSO Foundation to Support CSULB Driver Interface Research

DENSO Foundation awards

Richard Shiozaki, Senior Vice President of DENSO Sales California Inc.; Forouzan Golshani, CSULB College of Engineering Dean; and Peter Cavallo, manager of Robot Sales & Planning at Denso Robotics

The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded the CSULB College of Engineering a $50,000 grant to help develop interfaces that will improve driver safety and responsiveness and advance the automotive industry’s understanding.

“This generous donation will go far in advancing what we know about how interfaces can help improve safety and driver responsiveness,” said College of Engineering Development Director Nicole Forrest Boggs. “We really appreciate our longstanding relationship with such a prominent local engineering company such as DENSO.” Continue reading