LUX NOVA Named as the 2015 Innovation Challenge Winner!!!

2015 Innovation Challenge Winners
by Innovation Challenge

Lux Nova was announced as the winner of the 2015 Innovation Challenge at the April 9th Award Event. Lux Nova, along with the 3 other teams that made up the Final Four, had the opportunity to present their business plans to a distinguished panel of judges who selected the winner.

Innovation Challenge Winner
From top L-R Trevor Wagnor, German Leal, Miguel Vintimilla, Dean Forouzan Golshani, Adam Price, Paul Ferretti Seated Frank Martinez (team mentor), Innovation Challenge Advisory Team members Barbara Barcon, Mike Baghramian, COE Associate Professor Christiane Beyer and team member Michel William. Team members not shown are William Berubie, The-Bao Nguyen and Dickson Yuen.

Lux Nova – Led by Trevor Wagnor, and includes team members, William Berubie, Paul Ferretti, German Leal, The-Ban Nguyen, Adam Price, Miguel Vintimilla and Dickson Yuen, is a company that has an unique process that uses a 3D printer to produce bone-like structures.

AMoment – Led by Mai Huong Ngyuen, and includes team members Pathikrit Browmick, Angelica Diaz, Tuan Linh Vu and Lily Zhou, aMoment is a social gifting mobile application. It not only reminds the user of upcoming important dates, it also provides meaningful and desired gift recommendations.

Arbalist Creative – Led by David Chen, and includes team members Kevin Coss and Chris Webster, is a product development firm that is focused on designing products for licensing and equity stakes. They are currently addressing consumer product companies in the fitness accessory, home card and personal care market.

Rescue Rover – Led by Felicia Castillo, and includes team members Otto Marin and Jose Tapia, is a company that has created a new enhanced design for a canine wheelchair which has features currently not available in the marketplace. Their product has been designed to improve the comfort and mobility of the handicapped animal.

Civil Engineering summer opportunity

Ventura County Watershed Protection District

The Ventura County Watershed Protection District is offering an opportunity for a Civil Engineering student to work for the summer in the Construction Inspection Section of our Design and Construction Division to gain experience in the areas of construction methods, survey, materials testing, and overall general construction inspection and documentation. The position location is Ventura and may require travel throughout Ventura County.

The ideal candidate would be completing their junior year of college and have completed most if not all of the following course work: survey, strength of materials, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, and design of reinforced concrete. The candidate would have good communication skills and have basic computer skills (eg. Knowledge in MS Word and Excel).

The successful candidate must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver license, and is expected to be able to perform the following physical tasks: occasional light lifting to a 25 lb. limit, bending, stooping or squatting, and considerable walking including down inclined slopes.

The fulltime position is being offered at the Student Worker III level ($10.00 per hour) and will be available between the successful candidate’s end of spring 2015 semester and beginning of fall 2015 semester. The successful candidate must show that they were enrolled during the spring 2015 semester or are enrolled for the upcoming fall 2015 semester with at least 12 units.

Interested applicants must submit a County of Ventura application by May 15, 2015. To receive an application in pdf form and to submit a completed application, please email Peter Sheydayi, Deputy Director, at

800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, California 93009-1610
(805) 654-2001
Fax (805) 654-3350

Download info: VCWPD Student Worker

The Age of Drones

2015 April 23 Distinguished Lecture Series

by Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series @ the College of Engineering (COE)

While drones have been widely used since the 1960’s during the Vietnam War, they really revolutionized warfare during the recent Middle East conflicts. We saw drones take on roles in both surveillance and strike. In addition, we saw everything from back packable small RC like models, the predator family of strike systems, and ship based vertical systems such as Fire Scout, to the large high flying long endurance Global Hawk. Not only has our military found practical and cost effective use of these autonomous aircrafts, but commercial entities such as Google and Amazon are looking at how they can help their businesses as well. Add to that a whole host of civil applications such as police forces, security systems (including pipeline surveillance), Homeland Security and Border Patrol. Last but not least, is the neighbor next door who just bought a quad copter and is flying it over your backyard swimming pool.

Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series

GIS Software Developer

Davis Demographix & Planning

GIS Software Developer

Job Type: Full-time- 6 month contract-to-hire opportunity.
Date Posted: 01/12/15
Company Information:

Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc.
11850 Pierce Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92505

For over 20 years, Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc. (DDP) has provided demographic, facility and Master Planning consulting services along with the SchoolSite™ family of ESRI-based GIS software to K-12 public school district administrators throughout the U.S. We are a small company with a wide reach into over 200 school districts in 30 states.

As ESRI’s 2005 and 2010 Business Partner of the Year in the California region, we are expanding our software development efforts in a variety of areas. As part of this effort, we are seeking a self-motivated individual with a strong technical and programming background. ArcGIS software experience is a plus but not required; we will train. If you are a self-starter and wish to see your ideas implemented directly into GIS software products, we want to talk to you about your career.

What You Will Be Doing

Custom software development to create tools within Esri’s new ArcGIS Pro desktop mapping software.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field/experience
  • 2+ years of experience with WPF
  • 2+ years of experience with .NET using VB/C# in Visual Studio
  • SQL database queries
  • Source control experience using GitHub
  • Experience with XAML markup
  • Experience with MVVM (Model View View Model)
  • Python experience a plus!
  • Experience with GIS is a plus!
  • The candidate should have strong communication skills including the ability to write well and to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences. You must be able to understand product requirements and implement those within the framework of desktop and/or web-based solutions.
  • This position requires a high attention to detail, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, as well as the desire and motivation to work independently. The successful candidate will be responsible for programming efforts that will have a direct impact on our product solutions.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter and salary history via e-mail to

Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is available immediately with preference for current southern California residents.

COE Launches Engineering Tutor Program

Engineering Tutor Program

by Engineering Students Success Center @ College of Engineering (COE)

The College of Engineering provides free peer tutoring services for Electrical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science, and Chemical Engineering courses. Tutors are available Monday – Friday in the Fall and Spring terms. All tutoring sessions take place in Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) in room EN2-300 between the hours of 9:00am – 6:00pm

read more… Engineering Tutor Program

Scholarships Available for Engineering Students


by College of Engineering (COE) @ CSULB

Scholarships for Engineering Students. The College of Engineering offers over 100 scholarship opportunities for engineering majors ranging from $500-$2,500.

Applications and more information about the scholarships can be found at the CSULB Center for Scholarship links listed below. Applications must be turned in person to the Center for Scholarship Information (USU, Room 238). Deadline, Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:00p.m.

Scholarships for Engineering Students

Alums thank Cal State Faculty Who Changed their Lives

Emmitt Clark, left, Christopher Schivley and Schivley's son, Emmitt. Christoher Schivley was poor, fatherless and desperately seeking guidance when he took a career education class as a freshman at Cal State Long Beach. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
by Carla Rivera
LA Times

Christopher Schivley was poor, alienated and desperately seeking guidance when he enrolled in a career education class as a freshman at Cal State Long Beach.

Instructor Emmitt Clark grew up in the Chicago projects as the son of a single mom, dodging gangs and drugs on his way to a teaching career.

… read more at LA Times – On social media, alums thank Cal State faculty who changed their lives

U.S. Manufacturing: Technologies for Recapturing Global Advancement

Technologies for Recapturing Global Advancement

Did you know that if the top 500 U.S.-based manufacturing companies were counted as an independent nation, their total revenue would rank them as the third largest economy in the world! Yet, the US manufacturing sector has experienced substantial job losses at an alarming rate over the past two decades. Since the historical peak in the late 1970s, fewer and fewer jobs have been created in the manufacturing sector. In fact employment in manufacturing is now at its lowest since 1950.

Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series

CSULB Grad Earns NSF Fellowship

David Salazar 2014 September 09
Josh Dulaney
Long Beach Press Telegram

There were two moments in David Salazar’s life when he knew he wanted to be an engineer, including the time when a ball of vomit floated toward him.

More on that later.

Salazar, a 28-year-old native of Orange, graduated Cal State Long Beach in December with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and recently earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will pay him $32,000 a year for three years while he furthers his studies at Stanford University.

… read more at Long Beach Press Telegram – CSULB graduate earns National Science Foundation research fellowship