photo shoots or interviews with award recipients, please contact the Cal
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Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to receive ‘President’s
Cal State L.A. to honor seven prominent leaders at
awards gala July 29
Los Angeles, CA –
Physics Nobel Laureate
Steven Chu, who is the 12th U.S. Secretary
of Energy, will be presented a prestigious “President’s Award” at Cal
State L.A.’s Greater Los Angeles Engineer of the Year
Thursday, July 29.
Sponsored by the
Friends of the Engineering, Computer Science, and
Technology at Cal State L.A., the gala will be held at the Golden
Eagle Ballroom on the CSULA campus, beginning with a VIP reception
at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner program at 7 p.m.
Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Department of Energy, Chu was a
professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at UC Berkeley
and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his
research was concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at
the single molecule level. He was also previously a member of the
Stanford University faculty, where he advanced laser cooling techniques
to include atomic interferometry and frequency standards.
An atomic physicist, Chu received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering use
of laser beams to slow atoms and molecules so that they could be trapped
in a small space. In 1999, he presented “Holding on to Atoms and
Molecules With Laser Light” at Cal State L.A.’s 16th Annual Leon Pape
In addition to Chu, there will be six distinguished leaders to be
Alan J. Fohrer,
Southern California Edison (Los Angeles Engineering Leadership Award)
The Boeing Company (Los Angeles Designer of the Year)
Raytheon (Los Angeles Information Technologist of the Year)
entrepreneur (Los Angeles Technology Entrepreneur of the Year)
Mrs. Intissar Durham,
Los Angeles World Airports (Los Angeles Engineering Public
Servant of the Year)
AECOM (Los Angeles Engineering Project of the Year)
With a motto to “Inspire, Support, Transform,” the Friends of the
Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is a professional
community supporting and advancing the educational programs in the areas
of engineering, computer science, and technology at Cal State L.A.
All proceeds from the awards dinner will support the University’s
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. For details,
call Lily Nguyen, director of strategic initiatives, at (323)
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