CSU Research Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Initiatives
CSU Applied Research and Entrepreneurial Projects
The large scope and creativity of CSU research partnerships and entrepreneurial initiatives is also implemented through faculty-led and student-supported programs and projects, and collaborative multicampus initiatives. Below are examples of such projects that have fostered research partnerships and entrepreneurial associations through collaboration with the industry and companion campuses.
California Seafloor Mapping Project: CSU Monterey Bay faculty member Dr. Rikk Kvitek of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy formed a collaborative partnership involving industry, state and federal resource agencies, and academia that to design and execute the California Coastal Conservancy's California Seafloor Mapping Project (CSMP). The CSMP mission is to produce the first comprehensive bottom map covering all California state waters in high detail. The Seafloor Mapping Laboratory engages undergraduate and graduate students in research while providing comprehensive online access to 3D visualization of seafloor topography, fish habitats and environmental change in unprecedented detail from high-resolution acoustic imaging. The Seafloor Mapping laboratory has developed educational partnerships with key industry leaders, including CARIS Marine Information Systems, Hypack Inc., IVS Incorporated, Trimble Navigation, Triton Imaging Inc., and Reigl Laser Measurement Systems.
- The Biocompass Project: Eight CSU campuses in Southern California—Pomona, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge and San Bernardino—have entered in a public-private partnership in “The Biocompass Project” with the Southern California Biomedical Council, the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, and Pasadena City College. Biocompass offers practical, cutting-edge laboratory experiences, short-term workshops, specialized courses and programs taught within the context of the regulated business environment unique to the biotech industry. The project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is part of the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biology (CSUPBERB).
- With collaboration from more than 30 public and private sector partners and a combination of students, faculty and program staff, the CSU San Bernardino Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) delivers consulting, training, mentoring, and project-based services delivered to nearly 10,000 individuals and business owners. The center was established in 1999.
- California Vehicle Launch Education Initiative: CSU Long Beach (CSULB) continues mechanical and aerospace engineering research with its unique California Vehicle Launch Education Initiative (CALVEIN) in partnership with Long Beach-based Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. Since the inception of CALVEIN, students have launched a dozen rockets traveling as fast as 800 miles per hour and as high as 10,000 feet with higher altitudes planned in the future, developed a Nanostat Launch Vehicle (NLV), worked on Reusable NLV demonstrations and responsive space operations, and developed and flight-tested a 1,000 pound-force thrust liquid oxygen/methane rocket engine.
- Hydrogen Highway: Humboldt State University faculty and students designed the nation’s first street-legal hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. More recently, they designed an on-campus hydrogen fueling station, and are testing the performance of two hydrogen-powered Toyota vehicles. The new hydrogen fueling facility is the first rural station on California’s “Hydrogen Highway,” and a crucial link between renewable energy and transportation fuel.
- California Environmental Legacy Project: Humboldt State University and CSU Sacramento were awarded $3 million from the National Science Foundation to enhance public understanding of the state’s environment. The project includes a PBS special, an online education portal, and multimedia programs at various parks. Partners include the California State Parks, the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the California Public Television Consortium.