For immediate release:
Engineering, Technology Grants
Awarded to Cal State L.A.
HP Technology for Teaching
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cal State L.A. was selected as one of 31 two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2005 HP (Hewlett-Packard) Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative, which is designed to transform and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. The grant is an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $74,000.
NSF-Hopkins Diversity Engineering Project
The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State L.A. is part of a consortium of eight U.S. educational institutes, led by John Hopkins University, working together to develop a new curriculum addressing a persistent lack of diversity among engineers, and a serious shortage of workers with advanced technical skills in the United States. The three-year joint project is funded by a $999,993 grant from the National Science Foundation.
Cal State L.A.Âs collaborative project with UCLA, entitled ÂScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion ProgramÂ (STEP-UP), received a five-year grant, totaling more than $700,000, from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help increase the number of underrepresented community college transfers, freshmen and upper-level students who are recruited, admitted, enrolled, and retained through graduation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education
The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State L.A. is part of a consortium of nine U.S. universities, working together to develop a National Center for Engineering and Technology Education that will focus on improving technology and engineering education in universities and K-12 schools across the state and nation. The five-year joint project is funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
As one of six colleges at Cal State L.A., the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departmentsÂÂthe Department of Civil Engineering; the Department of Computer Science; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and the Department of Technology. Collectively, these departments offer 12 undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and two teaching credentials. Nearly 80 faculty and staff service more than 1,700 Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology students. The College fosters a unique study environment where faculty and staff are pledged to the success of students; an environment where the average class doesnÂt exceed 30 students and professors know their students by name, not number. Committed to study programs that educate through theory, practice and experiment, Cal State L.A. graduates highly skilled engineers, computer scientists and technologists who are prepared to face the rapidly changing demands of industry, business, education, and government. The College offers a hands-on curriculum and early research opportunities to prepare students for advanced studies and a fast-paced work environment. The NASA University Research Center is the first and only one of its kind in California. The $31 million renovation gives CSULAÂs students access to state-of-the-art laboratories. CSULAÂs Supermileage car was first in the U.S. in the 2004 SAE Contest with 1,615 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, as well as first in California with the 2004 Mini Baja team, first in NASAÂs 2003 student design competition, and first in 2004 and 2005 WESTEC Manufacturing Challenges.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu
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