New Faculty Expand COE Expertise into Cutting-edge Technologies

The CSULB College of Engineering’s six new tenure-track faculty expand expertise into such cutting-edge technologies as data mining, earthquake engineering, machine learning, and 5G wireless.

Dr. Andrea Calabrese and Dr. Mehran Rahmani have joined the Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department as assistant professors.  Continue reading “New Faculty Expand COE Expertise into Cutting-edge Technologies”

Biomedical Engineering Department Takes Interdisciplinary Approach

Biomedical Engineering studentsThe College of Engineering Thursday celebrated the launch of a new department in the fast-growing field of Biomedical Engineering.

With the introduction of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, CSULB becomes the only CSU in Southern California to offer a standalone degree in this area. Biomedical Engineering graduates will be able to apply their engineering, biology, bioinformatics, and biomechanical knowledge to create artificial organs, prostheses, medical instruments, healthcare management and delivery systems, and more.

“I’m really thankful to the committee that worked tirelessly to develop the curriculum,” said College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani. Continue reading “Biomedical Engineering Department Takes Interdisciplinary Approach”

MAE Department Salutes Its Alumni, Volunteers, and Graduates

CSULB Mechanical and Aerospace students on Monday gathered with faculty and advisors for a celebration before their graduation.

“This is a milestone. Your efforts and hard work have paid off,” said MAE Chair Jalal Torabzadeh. “It’s a great day to be proud of your achievements. This is also an opportunity for you to say thank you for all who helped you on your journey.”

Ross Ahlberg, who received MAE’s Distinguished Alumni Award, said CSULB’s mechanical engineering program provides a solid career foundation. Ahlberg, who graduated two decades ago, is now Vice President of Clinical Development at Applied Medical. Continue reading “MAE Department Salutes Its Alumni, Volunteers, and Graduates”

Chemical Engineering Department Celebrates Grads and Alumni

Chemical Engineering celebrated the accomplishments of graduates and alumni at its Department Graduation Monday.

Those who received Distinguished Alumni Awards are: Jamie Bartolome, Tami Lipscomb,

George McDaniel, and Maureen Price. The Graduate Dean’s List recipient for Chemical Engineering was Raja Sekhar Kalavacherla.

Elena Jacobina DeSanto was recognized as the Outstanding BS ChE Student. The Outstanding MS Thesis Award went to Srinivas Gavini, while DeSanto and Rebecca Noel Wyborski received Outstanding Honor’s Thesis Awards. Sreeja Reddy Gouni and Christie Sutanto were recognized with Outstanding Undergrad/Grad Research Awards. Continue reading “Chemical Engineering Department Celebrates Grads and Alumni”

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 “Xerox VP Arnold Hackett Named CECS Distinguished Alumni”

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 “CECEM Grads Recognized for their Achievement at Department Event”

Students Show off Design Projects

Some teams had their Senior Design Projects ready to demonstrate hours in advance. But for others, Friday morning was crunch time.

CSULB students enrolled in the two-semester Senior Design Project class (MAE 471/472) have an opportunity to learn about design, manufacturing, collaboration and more.

This year, 128 students worked on 26 projects. The capstone course, taught by Associate Professor Christiane Beyer, emphasizes the theory and practice of modern design and manufacturing.

Focusing on concept design and embodiment design in the first semester, the course culminates in project implementation during the second semester.

The rigorous course teaches systematic design methods and tools combined with the application of CAD/CAE/CAM software and modern manufacturing tools.

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‘I Don’t Care’ Team Wins CECS Annual Spring Programming Contest

Celebrity Programming Team

In the annual CSULB Computer Engineering and Computer Science spring programming contest, the team that apparently cared the least won.

Team I Don’t Care, comprising Aleks Kivuls, Kevin Duong, and Cesar Montelongo, came away with first place. “If you were to ask me who won the contest, I would truthfully have to say I Don’t Care,” quipped CSULB Programming Team Coach and lecturer Steve Gold.

The Luddites faculty team (pictured above) also participated. The team, made up of lecturers Neal Terrell, Josh Hayter, and Anthony Giacalone, was ineligible for prizes. Prizes and snacks were provided by the ACM chapter and CECS Department Coordinator Robin Ikemi. The three-hour contest included six programming problems.

Winning second place was the Gold Ghoti team, made up of Pongsakorn Cherngchaosil, Pongsathorn Cherngchaosil, and Alan Dao. And the third-place winner was Smitty Werben Man Jensen, comprising Jonathan Nuno and Crystal Chun.

The other teams who competed were:

  • The Duo (Jason Plourde and Rosswell Tiongco)
  • Team 97 (Stefin Mathew, Ivan Kim, and Harold Agnote)
  • Crimp (Alfredo Vargas and Abraham Malla), and
  • Code Whisperers (Nathan Rice, Ruben Baerga, and Jonathan Ascencio)

NSF Grant Will Help Advance Understanding of Human Motion

Dr. Emel Demircan, an assistant professor in the CSULB Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments.

Emel Demircan, an assistant professor in the CSULB Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments, has been awarded a $175,000 grant to advance the understanding of human motor performance to help clinicians develop more effective motion-training treatments.

The National Science Foundation award will fund research to create a cyber-human framework that advances robotics and biomechanics, deepening scientific understanding of human motor performance dictated by musculoskeletal physics and neural control.

“The project has great potential to impact our society by creating a wearable cyber-human system to provide immediate feedback to the wearer to make postural corrections – applicable for the reeducation of patients with musculoskeletal disorders and for performance improvement in motion training,” she said. Continue reading “NSF Grant Will Help Advance Understanding of Human Motion”

FBI Discusses Insider Threats at CSULB CIO/CEO Cybersecurity Forum

FBI agents offered advice on responding to insider threats and cyber breaches at the monthly meeting of the CIO/CEO Cybersecurity Forum.

The prevalence of insider threats “is definitely growing,” said Gina Osborn, FBI assistant special agent in charge of cyber and computer forensics. However, providing training to combat this type of threat is expensive.

“The federal government is trying very hard to bring the expertise to local police departments so they can work these cases. Lots of police departments are wanting to get on track, but it costs money for training.” Continue reading “FBI Discusses Insider Threats at CSULB CIO/CEO Cybersecurity Forum”