The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a five-week summer research experience for a group of fourteen middle school, high school, and community college mathematics and science teachers. These teachers are working collaboratively with faculty and student assistants at four research facilities: the Multimedia Animation Technology Incorporated in Engineering Systems (MATIES) laboratory; the Structure, Pointing and Control Engineering (SPACE) laboratory; the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) laboratory; and the Robotics and Automation laboratory at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Research activities comprise of Animation and 3D Visualization of Space-Based Dynamic Systems, Animation of Aircrafts (conducted at MATIES laboratory), Development of an Interface Device and Control Algorithms for the SPACE Test bed (conducted at SPACE laboratory), Digital Signal Processing (conducted at DSP laboratory), and Structural Health Monitoring (conducted at the Long Beach Public Safety Building). In addition, tutorial workshops are offered to expose/train the participants to topics related to the engineering profession, engineering ethics, proposal and report preparation, computer-based educational tools, and basic pedagogical approaches to translate research experiences back into the participants' classrooms


Strengthen Teachers' Education in Engineering and Research (STEER) Program provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers to participate in active research projects in laboratory settings. 

The major learning and programmatic goals of the STEER program are: 

·         Offer opportunities for fourteen teachers and community college faculty to experience research as practiced at these laboratories located on the CSULA and CSULB campuses.

·         Train the participants on the design, modeling, and implementation, which can be utilized for the modeling and animation of large structures, such as space telescopes, aircrafts and robots. Increase the participants competency in topics related to the areas mentioned above and motivate them to revise the course curricula at their institutions based on the new emerging concepts, software and simulation tools.

·         Conduct interface seminars between the participants and the CSULA and CSULB professors to gain knowledge of transferring engineering and technological innovations to high school and community college classrooms.

·         Increase the number of underrepresented minority students who will major in science and engineering.


Principal Investigators (PIs)


 Dr. Helen-Ryaciotaki Boussalis 

(STEER Program Director)

Dr. Jane Dong  Dr. Charles W. Liu Dr. Jeffrey Y. Beyon   Dr. Khosrow Rad Dr. Anastasios Chassiakos



Summer Program Lists

Summer 2003


National Science foundation National Instruments
California State University, Los Angeles California State University, Long Beach