AE Student Wins First in Research Competition

Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student Oscar Mejia won first place at the 20th Annual Student Research Competition held on Friday, March 8, at CSULB in the Physical & Mathematical Sciences/Engineering category where he competed against other undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Engineering and from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

“Trajectory Simulation for the P-8A Launch Vehicle” was work supervised by CALVEIN mentor Charlie Hoult and faculty advisor Eric Besnard.

Parviz Yavari Wins ASNT Faculty Grant Award

Parviz Yavari
Parviz Yavari

Parviz Yavari, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CSULB, was recognized for his achievements in advancing education by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) at the society’s Fall Conference and Quality Testing show on Nov. 14.

ASNT President Martin Trimm, joined by Chairperson Sharon Vukelich, presented the Faculty Fellowship award for achievements related to Yavari’s work with Calif. State Univ. at Long Beach. An $8,000 stipend is a part of the ASNT’s award package.

“We are proud to recognize this distinguished group of achievers whose dedication and contributions to the nondestructive testing industry exemplify the mission of our society,” Vukelich said.

“Each one of the honorees we present tonight has made significant contributions to the advancement of nondestructive testing and our society. They truly distinguish themselves by these accomplishments.”

The educational award, bestowed at the ASNT annual awards banquet, is extended to two people in the United States for their contributions advancing nondestructive testing techniques, an area of science that examines components and systems in a manner that does not impair their further usefulness. Current areas for applying new and advanced non-destructive testing and evaluation technology include monitoring of manufacturing and fabrication processes, aging aircraft, power-plant life extension and deteriorating civil engineering structures. Along with Yavari, Piervincenzo Rizzo, of the University of Pittsburgh was also named as a Faculty Grant recipient.

The American Society for Non-destructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT) is a nonprofit corporation and the world’s largest technical society for non-destructive testing (NDT) professionals. The organization promotes a forum for exchange of non-destructive testing technical information, educational materials and programs, standards and services for qualification and certification and facilitates research and technology applications. It was founded in 1941 and involves 9,000 technical professionals from affiliated companies throughout the world. Its mission is to create a safer world by promoting the profession and technologies of non-destructive testing.


American Society for Materials Holds Teacher’s Camp

The American Society for Materials (ASM) Education Foundation sponsored a Summer Teacher’s Camp, which was held July 9-13, 2007, in the MAE Department’s labs. During this one-week workshop, teacher participants learned the basics of Materials Science Technology as taught at the high school level. They worked hands-on with metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, thus developing a greater appreciation for the importance of these materials to modern life. This heavily project-based course excites students to learn science concepts as they complete projects of personal worth to them. Whether teachers use the information and concepts as a basis for teaching their own MST course or merely infuse the concepts into an existing science course to increase relevancy, they finish the camp prepared to make some important instructional changes as a result of their participation.

The program is based on past experiences in the areas of curriculum development, teacher training and student programs in Materials Science developed at the University of Washington and Edmonds Community College and supported by the National Science Foundations Advanced Technology Education program. These programs have demonstrated that Materials Science is an excellent tool to bring together academic and vocational instructors in a common goal of exciting students about science, technology and engineering.

Materials Science excites students’ interest because the student has everyday, hands-on experience with materials. Thus, materials topics are great motivators in any engineering, technology or science course. Materials are also a very important and an integral part of the manufacturing process.


Daniel P. Dennies, FASM
Boeing Company
Trustee, ASM Materials Education Foundation
California State University, Long Beach
Hamid Hefazi, Professor and Chair
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Michael Fritz
Projects Coordinator & Technical Advisor
Leanne Hayes
MAE Department Administrator
ASM Materials Education Foundation
Charles R. Hayes, CFRE
Executive Director
Pergentina L. Deatherage
Administrator, Foundation Programs
Virginia E. Shirk
Foundation Assistant

Master Teachers &Trainee

Andrew Nydam
Olympia High School, Washington
Debbie Goodwin
Chillicothe High School, Missouri
David McGibney (Trainee)
Eastlake High School, Washington

CEERS Holds Summer Research Program

For summer 2007, 8 students were selected from advanced programs from Long Beach Poly, Lakewood high, Millikan high, Wilson high, and Whitney high. The students work from 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday from June 25 through July 27. The 2007 summer program is supported by funds and grants from ASHRAE southern California chapter, LB Transit, JetBlue, Long Beach airport, and P2S Engineering.

The objective of the program is to expose high school students to the exciting and rewarding world of engineering research and education and to provide the educational foundations necessary for the development of tomorrow’s outstanding researchers, engineers and scientists.

This will be an opportunity for high-achieving high school students to participate in a five week funded research in energy and environment at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services (CEERS) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The participants will work side-by-side with CEERS graduate students and professors on research projects related to air and water pollutions, mitigation processes, energy resources and productions, and related developments. The program involves briefing on specific aspects of the research topic, review of background materials, required tasks for the project, implementation, and a final technical report. The projects will be selected either by CEERS faculty in consultation with CEERS advisory board and sponsored agency or by the sponsored agency in consultation with CEERS faculty members.

All students will receive stipends for their contributions to the research projects. The stipend is $800 for each student. In addition, each participant will receive a certificate of participation from CEERS.


Two MAE Student Groups Win Prestigious Awards

Tail-less Tail

SAE West Aero Design & Flight Competition – First Place Win

A team of MAE students led by graduate student Dan Dougherty and faculty advisor Eric Kendal, competed in the SAE West Aero Design & Flight Competition on Sunday. CSULB’s flying wing design, the “Tail-less Tail”, entered the open class and became the outright first place winner ($1,000 prize) with a superb payload-carrying flight at Apollo Field in Van Nuys, California.

About thirty US university teams as well as nine entries from as far away as Montreal, Canada, and Canberra, Australia were entered in this International competition. The large twin-engined model in its CSULB colors of bright yellow and black (Please see attached pictures) drew much attention on its arrival at the field and won considerable praise after its flawless flight during the closing minutes of the competition. This great performance emphasizes the excellent Aerodynamics and Airplane Design education at the CSULB Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department and brings worldwide recognition to our University.

This project was partially funded by a donation from DENSO North America. Thank-you, DENSO!

Aero Design & Flight Competition

WESTEC 2007 Manufacturing Challenge – Innovative variable flex shaft for an existing golf club

The SME student chapter S053 of CSULB led by Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) student Mike Romance and faculty advisor, MAE Professor Parviz Yavari entered into the WESTEC 2007 Manufacturing Challenge. The team represented the school with an innovative idea applied to the ever popular sport of Golf. The students created a variable flex shaft for an existing golf club . Currently, golf clubs are available in about 5 different (fixed) shaft stiffnesses. The variable flex golf club allows golfers and teachers to change the flex “on-the-fly” for a changing game play and or instructional use. CSULB won 2nd place, among twelve entries, for this novel idea.

golf club

MAE Grad Student Wins Top Research Award

Rahul Shinde

MAE graduate student, Rahul Shinde, won the first place award in the engineering and applied mathematics category of CSULB’s annual student research competition held on Friday, March 2, 2007. His paper, which is based on his MS thesis, was entitled “An Automated Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization Method for Multi-Hull Vessels.” His thesis advisor is Dr. Hamid Hefazi.  Rahul will represent CSULB at the Twenty-First Annual CSU Statewide Student Research Competition, which will be hosted by California State University, Dominguez Hills May 4-5, 2007.

MAE Students Present at Boeing

MAE Student Presentations at Boeing

Eight MAE students working on Boeing-sponsored projects at the Center for Advanced Technology Support for Aerospace Industry (CATSAI) during 2005 presented their work in a meeting attended by Boeing engineers and management and MAE Chair Hamid Hefazi on Monday, Dec. 15, 2005. The presentations addressed the projects they have worked on, their accomplishments, as well as what the experience has meant to them. The students received a certificate of appreciation from Mr. Tim Miller, Director of C-17 production.

Grant from Northrop Grumman for ENGR 375I course

Dean Mahoney by Leitha Purcell of Northrop-Grumman

Dr. Tom Robinson, MAE Professor, and Dr. Mike Mahoney, Dean of the College of Engineering, accept a $10,000 grant from Ms. Leitha A. Purcell on behalf of Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. This grant is in support of Dr. Robinson’s work on Quality Curriculum Enhancement and will be used to update and revise the course ENGR 375I-Total Quality and Continuous Improvement.

Thanks to the ongoing support of forward thinking corporations like Northrop Grumman, the College of Engineering at CSULB is able to continue offering quality engineering education and research opportunities to our exceptional students and faculty. We are grateful for their recognition of the importance of our activities.

MAE Grad Student Wins Mentor Protégé Award

The final Mentor Protégé program, a joint project between the MAE Department and Northrop Grumman Space Technology and KW Microwave, was held on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. MAE Graduate Student, Gabriela Acosta and Tran Phuong received awards from NGST for their exemplary performance on the project.

The following individuals were in attendance:

KW Microwave

Shukdev Tantod, President & CEO
Dhiru Tantod, VP Engineering
Shashi Patel, VP Operations
Dan Czagany, Director, Sales & Marketing
John Johnson, Program Manager
Dave Henry, Program Manager
Olivia Rodriguez, Sales & Marketing
Bob Osborne, IT


Ronald DePace, Mentor/ProtégéProject Manager
Ken Rotunno, Materials and Processes

Gabi Acosta, Graduate Student


Final Mentor Protégé Program

Northrop Grumman-CSULB Team Wins Nunn-Perry Awards

ORLANDO — The MAE Department of CSULB was part of the Northrop Grumman team that captured one of the eight Nunn-Perry awards presented at the annual Department of Defense mentor-protégé conference here yesterday.

The awards recognize efforts by DoD prime contractors (mentors) and their protégé small, disadvantaged businesses for teaming to advance the protégé company as a competitive partner in the defense contracting business.

“This achievement is a great reflection on both the small businesses, which are the engines driving the American economy, and the larger prime contractors, who make an investment to grow the small business community,” said Joseph G. Diamond, Director of the Air Force Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office. “It’s a winning situation for the Air Force and the nation: it strengthens our defense industrial base and helps develop the small businesses that contribute so much to the sustainment of Air Force warfighting capabilities.”

The mentor-protégé program seeks to encourage prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses. Awards are determined by the successes of the mentor-protégé team in achieving cost efficiencies, enhancing the protégé’s technical capabilities, and increasing new business opportunities for prime contracts and subcontracts.

The award, which is named in recognition of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995.