Kathleen Hansen, Mechanical Engineering Senior at Cal State L.A.,

For immediate release: 04/15/96

Contact: Margie Yu,

Public Affairs Assistant

(323) 343-3047

Cal State L.A. Mechanical Engineering Student Kathleen Hansen
Receives Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Los Angeles, CA -- April 15, 1996 --- Kathleen Hansen,
a mechanical engineering senior, at California State University,
Los Angeles was recently selected to receive the Institute
for the Advancement of Engineering's
(IAE) 1995-96 Outstanding
Student Leadership Award
. Hansen was honored at the IAE
Honors & Awards/Fellow Induction Banquet held in conjunction
with National Engineers Week at the California Museum of
Science and Industry. Several other student leaderships and outstanding
engineers awards were presented that evening.

Hansen was nominated for this award on the basis of her outstanding
student leadership in the School of Engineering and Technology,
especially her exceptional organizational and management skills
in her role as President of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME) Student Chapter and as the Captain of the Mini-Baja
Team in 1994-95. Hansen, who was an integral part of the revitalization
of the off-road vehicle project after a ten-year
hiatus, led the team to a sixth place finish at the Mini-Baja
National Competition in June, 1995.

Recently, Hansen was selected to head CSLA's nationally recognized
solar-powered electric-vehicle project. As student team leader
for the Solar Eagle III, she is managing a team of more
than 40 students from the beginning design and fabrication phases
of the project to the final testing and actual racing phases of
the project.

In addition, Hansen was a member of the student chapter of American
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). In 1994, she was awarded
Outstanding Member Award in ASME and Outstanding Officer Award
in SAE. Hansen plans to receive her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
this June.

For more information, call Laura Carlson-Weiner, CSLA Department
of Engineering & Technology, at (323) 343-4494.

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