CSLA Engineering Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/22/95
Contact: Laura Carlson-Weiner, School of Engineering and Technology Development Director
(323) 343-4494
FAX (323) 343-4555

Cal State L.A. Receives Engineering Grants from
the U.S. Department of Defense and The National Science Foundation

Los Angeles, CA -- November 22, 1995 -- The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at California State University, Los Angeles' School of Engineering and Technology was recently awarded more than $200,000 through a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a Nonlinear Optics Laboratory which will be co-directed by Fred Daneshgaran, Cal State L.A. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Victor Vali, a fiber optics consultant. A $64,000 grant from The National Science Foundation was also recently awarded to support this fiber optics program.

The main objective of the program is to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the emerging field of fiber optics. In the laboratory environment, students will participate in the entire process of research and development as they learn research methods, use computers for solving technical problems, present a final report, and collaborate with each other and related industry professionals.

Fiber optics is a way of using light rather than electricity to carry signals. It is the backbone of the information super highway and has enormous capacity to carry information. Fiber optics applications are used in the areas of communications, automotive sensors and displays, microwave remote controls, earth strain measurements, and medical technology.

Expediting the development of the program is David Chang of Hughes Aircraft Company, who will serve as a liaison between the nonlinear optics laboratory and Hughes Aircraft Company. Chang has 33 years of experience in industry, government, and academia involving physics research, technical management, and teaching. He has authored more than 80 publications and 50 patents. A number of those patents and articles are in electro-optics and fiber optics.

Daneshgaran is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Cal State L.A. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering in 1983, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1985, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1992. He has been teaching at CSLA in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1985.

Vali, the inventor of the fiber optic gyroscope, received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado. He was a staff scientist at Boeing Research Laboratory, Research Professor at the University of Washington, and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Utah. While at Hughes Aircraft Company, he served as a consultant in the fiber optic sensor field.

For more information regarding the Fiber Optics Laboratory grant, contact Fred Daneshgaran at (323) 343-4480.

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