CECS Celebrates 2016 Grads

Computer Science and Computer Engineering graduates said goodbye to fellow students and faculty at Monday’s department graduation in ECS-105.

“You did it. You survived the ups and downs of student life. Now you’re ready to join the hottest field on the planet, which is computing,” said Chair Burkhard Englert, in congratulating the graduates.

“We are helping to solve the world’s problems” in established fields and in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things, said Englert, adding that “It is a great time to graduate with a degree in computer science or computer engineering.”

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When It Comes to Cybersecurity: Be Worried

Cyber security logoIt’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and there’s plenty to worry about. Hackers are busy finding ways to exploit mobile, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and the cloud. And as vulnerabilities are patched, cybercriminals are shifting from quick attacks to stealthier long-term information gathering. Some 110 million people–half of American adults—have had their data exposed in the past year, according to Mcafee’s annual threats report. And an increasing number of cybercriminals are affiliated with governments and organized crime.

“Everyone should be worried—the general populace, innovators and engineers, CIOs and CTOs, the governments,” said CSULB computer science professor Mehrdad Aliasgari, an expert on computer security. “The number of attacks and threats that have been exploited have increased in a substantial manner. There’s more and more news of compromises on a daily basis than there used to be.” Continue reading “When It Comes to Cybersecurity: Be Worried”

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.

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GIS Software Developer

Davis Demographix & Planning

POSITION AVAILABLE
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

http://www.davisdemographics.com

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.

Requirements:

  • 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 dbutz@davisdemographics.com.

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

Cal State Long Beach students learn drone technology for the air, on the ground, under the sea

Homam Chamas is developing a drone that can fly over the ocean and measure a shark's length
By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Long Beach Press Telegram

Cal State Long Beach engineering students are designing, building and deploying the drones of the future, not just in the air, but on the ground and under the sea as well.

 

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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

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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.

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College of Engineering Working with Northrop Grumman on New Cockpit Design

Students Daniel Givens (l) and Ons Mami

by News @ The Beach

The future of cockpit design may be recast for tomorrow’s fighter pilot thanks to Northrop Grumman-sponsored research led by College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani.

“There is a concept that cockpit design follows what was invented 50 years ago,” explained Golshani. “Generally, we have more sophisticated cockpits today but they really only have more knobs, gadgets and displays to work with. Our partners at Northrop Grumman think there is a better approach to designing cockpits for next generation fighters, including how our children play computer games.”

He explained that a cockpit is all about interaction with the environment and how information should be transmitted to the pilot.

“If you look at the way mission-oriented computer games are played, they control the same kind of things that a pilot does,” he said. “How much fuel do you have? How do you release a weapon or drop a package? Gameplayers deal with many constraints at any given time. They manage information in a way older generations never could. Looking at 2020 and beyond, it would be wise to design a cockpit for the future, not past, generation.”

The potential for the cockpit redesign is enormous. “This is a project that has the potential to take the combined team of Northrop Grumman and CSULB College of Engineering to a big funding agency like the Department of Defense,” Golshani said. “Northrop Grumman is very interested in making this their next contribution to aerospace, beginning with the first phase of preliminary studies.”

Student participation in the research will yield thesis topics for individual graduate students and senior projects for groups of students.

“They are engaged to perform research alongside faculty members,” said Golshani, who hopes to learn as much from his students as they do from the project. “I hope they take with them the experience of participation in a real-world project that they can see from the beginning. This is their chance to be part of a realistic project that looks to the future.”

One of the project’s most useful tools is a wheeled flight simulator based on the design of Northrop Grumman’s F-5A/B Freedom Fighter. “The instrumentation has been taken out but our research will depend on what we build around the cockpit,” he explained. “We will build a virtual cockpit. Everything has to be tested before we can say this can be part of our future cockpit. And once we are ready to build it, we will ask the question, where in the aircraft should it be?

“Who said the position of a cockpit should be fixed? Why not put it in the plane’s belly and let it come up like a submarine conning tower?” he said. “Whether the cockpit offers an actual view of the reality around it or not, that view is secondary to everything the pilot needs to do. We use this cockpit on wheels as a building block for the digital future. We want to examine the alternatives to the existing complex panels of instrumentation.”

Nothing is sacred when it comes to the new look. “Will this control be a button? Will it be a switch? What about when the pilot is flying in a smoke filled cockpit? If the pilot can’t see the switch or the button, what good are they?” he asked. “Between all the senses, we should be able to convey the information that we want. In many ways, the new design is influenced by assistive technology that is so sophisticated, it allows the blind to use a flight simulator. If a cockpit can be designed that accommodates a pilot who cannot see, it is certain that same cockpit will do a good job working with a pilot who can see.”

Golshani is pleased by the opportunity for the university.

“This is the kind of work that a progressive College of Engineering ought to be doing,” he said. “I’m very proud of the faculty members, particularly those we have hired over the last few years. They come from the best institutions and they are our greatest resources. I think we have an awesome team and I feel good about our chances of success.”

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COE Receives Boeing’s “Supplier of the Year” Award

Group photo - PHOTO COURTESY OF BOEING CO.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOEING CO

The College of Engineering was recently presented with Boeing’s “Supplier of the Year” award for providing exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s overall success. The COE, along with 16 companies, received the award during a ceremony held at the San Diego Convention Center.

The selection of the COE was on the basis of a longstanding relationship that included a consistently superior pipeline of talent, many successful collaborative projects, and partnership on research and development efforts. “These partners have gone above and beyond the call to help Boeing provide the best, most affordable products and services possible,” said Jack House, leader of Boeing Supplier Management.

Supplier of the Year
Group photo – PHOTO COURTESY OF BOEING CO.

The COE was honored in the category of “Academia” for its outstanding performance as a strategic university. “This award is a wonderful validation of our efforts to support regional socioeconomic development and to partner with Southern California business and industry,” says Forouzan Golshani, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our long and multifaceted relationship with Boeing has included numerous research and development projects, educational initiatives, student scholarships and support, and the Boeing Endowed Chair in Manufacturing—not to mention the fact that more than a few of their engineers have come from our program.”

At the Boeing Supplier of the Year Award ceremony were (l-r) Jack House, Boeing enterprise leader, Supplier Management; John Tracy, Boeing senior vice president and chief technology officer; Paul Pasquier, Boeing Engineering, Operations and Technology vice president, Supplier Management; CSULB Dean for the College of Engineering Forouzan Golshani; CSULB Associate Dean for the College of Engineering Hamid Rahai; Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president, Supply Chain Management; Joan Robinson-Berry, Boeing Shared Services Group vice president, Supplier Management; and Kent Fisher, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president, Supplier Management.

Engineering for the Body: Reproducing Body Functions

Engineering for the Body

Human biologists, computer scientists and engineers are teaming to advance neuroscience toward achieving yet another one of NAE’s Grand Challenges, namely, understanding the complex network we call brain. Modern noninvasive methods can simultaneously measure the activity of many brain cells. Comprehension of how the brain works will enable engineers to simulate its activities, leading to deeper insights about how and why the brain works and fails.

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