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.
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.
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:
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
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.