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College of Engineering and Computer Science

A Message from the Dean

Ramesh-pic.pngIt is December 1st as I write this message, and it is hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by. Then again, it has been an incredibly busy and exciting year for the college and its programs. We have come a long way from our first graduating class of 1964, several members of which returned to campus for their 50th reunion during the Founders’ Day event in September (see last page for photos). The values and traditions established by these early Matadors still resonate in the college today—with academic programs that are contemporary and relevant and prepare students to confidently tackle the challenges ahead. Things are certainly picking up for our graduates, judging from the growth of Tech Fest, which attracted over 30 companies at each of the biannual events this year. Our Senior Design Project Showcase has matured into the college’s signature event of the year. We are looking forward to another exciting edition in May 2015, with more projects that underscore the breadth and excellence of our academic programs.[Read More…]

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CECS blazes a trail in the quest for STEM diversity

hsi-stem-spring2014-021.jpgIt’s no secret that diversity—cultural, ethnic and gender—is in short supply in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. And the stakes are high. Not only does lack of diversity represent a loss of talent, according to a September 10, 2014 article in Scientific American by Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., but, he writes, “[d]iversity leads to better problem-solving, expands the talent pool and is important for long-term economic growth.”[Read More…]

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CECS hosts White House STEM Education Workshop

DSC8496.jpgAs part of the TIDES program, the Helmsley Trust invited teams from the universities that had received the grants to attend a weeklong institute at Georgetown University in July. CECS dean S.K. Ramesh was part of the CSUN team at the institute, and it was there that the Helmsley Trust’s program officer learned about the many CSUN programs to increase diversity in STEM disciplines.[Read More…]

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AIMS^2 recognized by Excelencia in Education

                               Last September, CECS was recognized by Excelencia in Education in Washington, D.C., receiving an honorable mention in the baccalaureate category at the 2014 Celebración de Excelencia for its AIMS2 program. Excelencia in Education is a data-driven organization that looks at what colleges, universities and community-based organizations are doing to improve success for Hispanic students.[Read More…]

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