Welcome to our fall 2012 issue of Spectra. Change is in the air as this issue goes to press. Dr. Timothy White, chancellor of UC Riverside, has just been named the new chancellor of the CSU system, and here at Cal State Northridge, we have welcomed President Dianne Harrison, who took over the presidency earlier in the summer. President Harrison brings a wealth of experience in higher education and a bold vision to inspire CSUN to greater success in the years ahead. This is timely and relevant and has the potential to transform our university as we continue to make a significant difference in the lives and careers of our students.
Closer to home, the college welcomed seven new faculty members this year, and together with the four who joined us last year, we have now hired a total of 11 faculty in the past two years. The energy and enthusiasm that our new hires bring to the college is palpable, [Read More…]
California has mandated that in just eight years, 33% of the state’s power must come from renewable sources. It’s an ambitious—and, some would say, essential—goal in a world of dwindling oil and gas reserves and escalating carbon emissions. But it’s also a welcome opportunity for the College of Engineering and Computer Science and its Energy Research Center, which sponsored its first-ever conference on renewable energy and energy storage on June 2.[Read More…]
Professor of mechanical engineering C.T. Lin and CECS dean S.K. Ramesh traveled to Linz, Austria and Johannes Kepler University for the biennial International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP) July 11-13. Their participation in the event cemented CSUN’s position as a key academic player in assistive technology worldwide and the growing importance of the college in assistive technology engineering. [Read More…]
AIMS² 2012-13 cohort with faculty and staff
Last year, the College of Engineering and Computer Science was awarded a five-year, $5.5 million HSI STEM grant by the U.S. Department of Education to implement a program designed to increase the number of low-income, Hispanic and other underrepresented students graduating from CSUN with engineering and computer science majors. It was the largest grant the college had ever received.
Now, a year later, the project, dubbed AIMS² (for Attract, Inspire, Mentor and Support Students), is well under way, in concert with partners Glendale Community College and College of the Canyons. It is showing early signs of success—so much so that funding has been renewed for the second year. The first cohort—30 CECS transfer students, representing all nine majors in the college, [Read More…]