CSLA Engineering Grants


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
, 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

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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