Meet the Duo Starting the College of Engineering’s Newest Student Club

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.

WiC co-presidents Nguyen and Hangsan created the club not only to encourage women to pursue degrees in computer science and computer engineering, but to build leadership skills to succeed in their careers and inspire future women in technology. Continue reading “Meet the Duo Starting the College of Engineering’s Newest Student Club”

Mechanical Engineering Student Teams Show Off their Senior Design Projects

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.

Eight industry and alumni judges ranked the projects and issued Most Innovative Design Awards to two teams, one that designed an automatic Collar Feeder Mechanism and another that designed an Auto Calibration Drop Tester. Both projects were supported by Boeing and represented potential solutions to real-world industry problems. Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering Student Teams Show Off their Senior Design Projects”

Chemical Engineering Celebrates Graduates with Awards and Bowling

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.

“This is a time of celebration,” said Chemical Engineering Chair Roger Lo. “Let us know how you’re doing and stay in touch.” Continue reading “Chemical Engineering Celebrates Graduates with Awards and Bowling”

Biomedical Engineering Department Celebrates First Graduating Cohort

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.

“This is a very exciting moment, because we are graduating our first cohort of the newly established department,” said Biomedical Engineering Chair Shadnaz Asgari. “We are all feeling very proud of every single one of you.” Continue reading “Biomedical Engineering Department Celebrates First Graduating Cohort”

Mechanical Engineering Major Zoe Smith Named Lockheed Martin STEM Scholar

CSULB mechanical engineering major Zoe Smith is one of the 200 recipients of Lockheed Martin’s inaugural STEM Scholarship, which provides $10,000 per year in funding plus a chance for a Lockheed Martin internship.

Smith is in the 2019 Dean’s Leadership Institute and is the industry/alumni liaison for the CSULB chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As soon as she heard about the scholarship from her advisor Tu Ngo, she decided she would apply.

“This money will help me financially, personally and academically,” said Smith, who hopes to graduate with as few loans as possible and has been working as treasurer of the Residence Hall Association. Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering Major Zoe Smith Named Lockheed Martin STEM Scholar”

Student Organizations Hold Event to Celebrate Diversity in Engineering

MAES booth

Engineering student organizations gathered Monday to celebrate diversity in engineering with ethnic food, cultural displays, technical projects, engineering problems, and a panel of African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, and Latinx engineering students.

The event was organized by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), with support from the Associated Engineering Student Body (AESB).

“Diversity in engineering—it’s a no-brainer,” said Dean Forouzan Golshani. “Truly this is one of the most important factors in the success of our field.” Continue reading “Student Organizations Hold Event to Celebrate Diversity in Engineering”

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”

CSULB Chapter Places Fifth in American Society of Civil Engineers Competition

team in timber category

Under the direction of Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Lisa Star and Lecturer Jeremy Redman, CSULB’s team placed fifth overall in the American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo this month.

Nearly 50 students on nine teams competed to build a concrete canoe, geotechnical wall, timber house, and more. The CSULB ASCE Student Chapter, led by Co-Presidents Marionne Lapitan and Mario Martinez, was also named Outstanding Student Chapter by ASCE National. Continue reading “CSULB Chapter Places Fifth in American Society of Civil Engineers Competition”

College of Engineering 2019 Outstanding Graduate Got Start in BESST and BUILD

Jairo ContrerasMechanical engineering senior Jairo Maldonado-Contreras has been named the CSULB College of Engineering’s 2019 Outstanding Graduate. A member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, he has held internships at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University.

After graduation from CSULB, he will pursue a PhD in robotics at GeorgiaTech, studying human-intent recognition algorithms used to control prostheses and exoskeletons under advisor Dr. Aaron Young.

Continue reading “College of Engineering 2019 Outstanding Graduate Got Start in BESST and BUILD”

April 22 Diversity in Engineering Event to Feature Student Technical Project Expo

Diversity in Engineering FlyerCSULB student groups will host a Diversity in Engineering event on Monday, April 22 to celebrate inclusion and diversity within the College of Engineering and showcase student technical projects.

Running from 6-9 p.m. in the USU Ballroom, the event will feature technical projects from students in all engineering majors, cultural foods, displays, games, and engineering challenges. It is sponsored by the Associated Engineering Student Body and is being organized by the CSULB student chapters of the American Indian Science and Engineers Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES) and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). Continue reading “April 22 Diversity in Engineering Event to Feature Student Technical Project Expo”