Engineering Panel Explores Future of Southern California Aerospace

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Speakers at the CSULB College of Engineering lecture Thursday voiced optimism that the region’s skilled workforce, livability, manufacturing facilities, and efforts to draw new companies will help Southern California remain a vibrant location for aerospace.

P2S Engineering Vice President Kent Peterson, who moderated the spring Engineering Distinguished Lecture, said his father transferred from Pratt & Whitney to take a job at Douglas Aircraft in Southern California. “I don’t work in aerospace, but I can tell you my life has been affected by it,” he said. “The aerospace industry was a giant in Southern California. We did most of the country’s manufacturing.” Continue reading “Engineering Panel Explores Future of Southern California Aerospace”

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”

Spring Engineering Lecture to Address Future of Aerospace in Southern California

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This month’s Engineering Distinguished Lecture will address a topic of concern to many in the region: the future of the aerospace industry in Southern California.

The rate of decline in Southern California’s aerospace manufacturing has been significantly higher than the rest of the nation. With full airplane assembly practically gone from California, there is little incentive for the vast aerospace supplier base to stay in the region. Unless proactive measures are implemented rapidly, there is a strong possibility that the high rate of migration may continue. The region must create an appropriate public-private partnership model as the basis for an ecosystem that will support the revival of this industry in Southern California. Continue reading “Spring Engineering Lecture to Address Future of Aerospace in Southern California”

Disney Construction Internship: ‘Opportunity to be Part of the Magic’

matterhornIs the Happiest Place on Earth a good place to complete your construction management internship? According to project managers from Walt Disney Co.’s Facility Asset Management division, interns have extensive opportunities to learn, take initiative, and hold responsibility.

A half-dozen project managers from the division were at CSULB Thursday as part of the College of Engineering’s Professional Development workshop series. Students were also given an opportunity to submit their resumes for paid summer internships. Continue reading “Disney Construction Internship: ‘Opportunity to be Part of the Magic’”

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 “CECEM Project Management Team Takes First Place in Reno Competition”

Engineering Night at the Pyramid Stars Student-built Catapult

The College of Engineering this Saturday will be holding its 2nd annual Engineering Night at the Pyramid. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guests are invited to come cheer on the CSULB Men’s Basketball team as they take on University of California Irvine.

The game begins at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. A pre-game reception for alumni will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Pyramid dance studio. For game tickets, visit Alumni and faculty can RSVP to the game and reception at

The College will also be marking its 60th anniversary with interactive displays. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year with historic photos posted on the College’s Facebook page


Another highlight of Engineering Night will be a Man vs. Machine half-time game featuring a catapult built by Chemical Engineering seniors Nathanael Dunham, Jonathon Garcia, and Josue Alonso, under the direction of Chemical Engineering Professor Ted Yu.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, catapults were used to storm castle walls—and hurl rocks, fireballs, and hot tar. This wooden catapult uses bunjee cords for tension. It will be throwing a basketball and taking on a former 49ers shooter in testing its hoop skills.

Dunham said when Dr. Yu suggested the project, “it sounded like fun.” However, as in the case of most engineering projects, turning the idea into reality was much more difficult.

The trio admit that being ChemE students put them at a disadvantage. “Building it was the tricky part because we don’t focus on physics in our major,” said Alonso, adding that they found plans for building a catapult on the Internet.

They worked on the catapult mostly over winter break, testing it in Dunham’s backyard. Another challenge was that none of the students had previously measured or cut wood. “It sounded easy but ended up being hard,” said Dunham.

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 “CEM Holds Speed Networking Dinner”

CSULB Innovators Inducted into NAI

Cal State Long Beach counts many inventors among its faculty. Scattered throughout the university’s eight colleges,  they have few opportunities to cross paths. But with establishment of a National Academy of Inventors chapter, that has now changed.

On Thursday, nearly two dozen inventors from the colleges of the Arts, Engineering, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics were inducted into the newly created chapter, which will meet once each semester.

The chapter has been championed by Simon Kim, CSULB associate vice president of research and sponsored programs, and College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani, holder of nearly a dozen patents. Continue reading “CSULB Innovators Inducted into NAI”

Creating More Inclusive Classrooms


At Claremont’s STEM-focused Harvey Mudd College, nearly half of the 800 students are women. The percentage holds for computer science. But it wasn’t always that way. Back in 2004, only about one-tenth of computer science students were women.

Harvey Mudd Assistant Professor Colleen Lewis was at CSULB Monday to share tips on how to create inclusive classrooms where students with a broad array of characteristics feel comfortable. “As an educator, I want to understand and optimize learning,” she said.

The No. 1 tip Lewis shared: Highlight the breadth of the field so students will come across something that interests them and see a place for themselves. For example, in intro computer science classes, faculty might use a Fractal Fruit Tree or Smiley Face Recognition System to increase student engagement.   Continue reading “Creating More Inclusive Classrooms”

GESC Keynote Speaker: Moving to Smart Grid a Necessity, Not an Option

IEEE Student Member Megan Lyn Del Rosario demonstrates her research with heart auscultations at GESC Monday.

It was 1971 when Dr. Merwin Brown first heard the term smart grid. Decades later, there is still disagreement on its definition. But one thing there is no disagreement on is its necessity.

“We must have a smart grid. The smart grid is not an option, it’s a necessity,” said Brown, keynote speaker at Monday’s 7th annual IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference (IGESSC) at CSULB.

The event, organized by CSULB Electrical Engineering Chair Henry Yeh, draws researchers and practitioners to discuss research about smart systems and sustainable and green energy systems. This year’s theme is “Toward Smart Systems, Sustainable, Secure Cyber-Physical Energy Technologies.” Continue reading “GESC Keynote Speaker: Moving to Smart Grid a Necessity, Not an Option”