Campus: CSU Northridge -- December 14, 2004

Engineering Professor Says 'Thank You' to Colleagues, Students By Creating Endowment to Support Program

Bonita Campbell, chair of Cal State Northridge's Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, wanted to find a way to thank her colleagues and the students in the department for their dedication, so she created a $25,000 endowment to ensure that the engineering management program has financial support in the future.

"Every program struggles for financial funding, and getting all the resources our students and faculty need can be hard at times," Campbell said. "I know that everyone in this department thinks what we do is important. I do, too. So I thought I'd put my money where my mouth is."

Campbell created the "Bonita J. Campbell Engineering Management Endowment" with an initial gift of $25,000. She plans to supplement that with monthly deductions from her paycheck to help the endowment offer even greater yields over time.

S.T. Mau, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, lauded Campbell's generosity and dedication to her department. "In addition to Dr. Campbell's long and distinguished service to CSUN, this is another example of her passion and dedication to a program she has created," Mau said.
Money from Campbell's endowment will go toward supporting student and graduate assistants. It also will help cover program-related expenses, such as guest lecturer fees, as determined by the engineering management faculty in the department.

Bonita Campbell has been teaching at Cal State Northridge for nearly 30 years. She started out in the Department of Civil and Manufacturing Engineering and later chaired the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

Campbell spearheaded the creation of the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, which premiered three years ago in the College of Engineering and Computer Science in response to a demand for systems and production specialists who can serve the vast number of manufacturing production companies in greater Los Angeles. The department's programs are the only ones of their kind in the area.

Campbell said a number of students who went through the program when it was housed under the auspices of the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering and Applied Mechanics have gone on to successful careers in engineering management.
"I am still in touch with so many of them. They are doing such good work and making a difference in their fields," she said. Over the years, she said, former engineering management students have come back and taught at the university part time for "a very, very modest amount.

"They are so very enthusiastic and supportive of us," Campbell said. "This endowment is a way of giving back to my students and my colleagues, who have given me so much joy over the years. I wanted to find some way to say 'thank you,' and this is it."

For more information about the Bonita J. Campbell Engineering Management Endowment, call Tammy Glenn, director of development for CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science, at (818) 677-6078 or e-mail her at
Cal State Northridge's College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to several nationally recognized programs where students gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside faculty members and industry professionals on cutting-edge research.

Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130,

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