ECST Alumni Network

14 Cal State LA alumni, students, staff and faculty posing with ECST Dean, Emily Allen, at the ECST Makerspace lab on 2/18/20.


The Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST) Alumni Network is a professional network that serves as a platform for fellow graduates and industry peers to engage as a community and build fellowship. We connect for social, educational, and career development activities that create lifelong relationships, opportunities, and partnerships.

Network Leadership

Headshot of Maida LopezMaida Lopez ’03, Chair
Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company

Maida Lopez is a systems engineer for the Boeing Defense, Space and Security organization. Maida draws on a wide range of technical expertise that she has gained through project experience with network systems, information security, systems testing, and the design and development of core infrastructures. As a first-generation college graduate, she has a profound appreciation for education and a sense of responsibility for helping underprivileged students gain access to life-changing resources. She has facilitated strong partnerships with Boeing and Cal State LA and is responsible for leading the Boeing effort in scholarship selection, various seminars, the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement and Awards Conference (HENAAC) College Bowl, and the technical poster competition. Maida was engaged during her time at Cal State LA, she was President for the Society of Women organization 2001-2002, active in SHESS/SHPE (now a lifetime member of SHPE) and IEEE member. Maida holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal State LA and a Master of Science degree in Information System and Technology from Claremont Graduate University.

Headshot of Ricson ChudeRicson Chude ’08, Co-Chair
Project Manager, Southern California Edison
Ricson Chude is a project manager working for Southern California Edison (SCE) in the Customer Program & Services division where he’s primarily responsible for the development of strategic initiatives that support the integration of distributed energy resources such as solar PV and energy storage. During his time at Cal State LA, Ricson was actively involved in a number of student organizations where he held leadership roles – Associated Student Inc., where he served as Representative for the College of Engineering, President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Vice President of the Mech. Eng Honor Society – PiTauSigma as well as member of the TauBetaPi Engineering Honor Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  He is the current Vice President of Southern California’s Association of Energy Engineers, and was a former president of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers – Southern California Chapter.
Ricson holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from CSU Pomona, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State LA. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of California and is recognized as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) from the Association of Energy Engineers. In 2018, Ricson was awarded the Golden Eagle Award at the Cal State LA Alumni Awards Gala.


Black and gold ECST Alumni Reception banner. Text: ECST Alumni Reception, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6-8 p.m., Cal State LA, ECST Makerspace Lab (E&T B-111)

ECST Alumni Reception
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6 p.m. to  8 p.m.

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