Campus: CSU Long Beach -- September 19, 2001
DENSO North America Foundation Awards 1-Year, $34,000 Grant to College of
Engineering at California State University, Long Beach
The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded a $34,000 grant to the
College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach for
a project that will enhance its manufacturing and mechanical engineering
programs and better prepare students for the California workforce.
The funds will be used to purchase a portable coordinate measuring machine
(CMM), a flexible measuring device that is essential for use in reverse
engineering applications and as a calibration instrument to measure gauges.
The grant will also support senior design projects for as many as 30 students
for each of the next two semesters.
"With the ever-changing technologies and global challenges, it is
even more critical that students work with modern equipment similar to
that used in industry," explained Michael Mahoney, dean for the College
of Engineering and the principal investigator for the newly funded project.
"They should also be afforded the opportunity to apply their knowledge
and skills through competition and project development. This grant will
help us do both."
The CMM is widely used in the manufacturing industry, and most schools
offering courses and labs in quality control have this machine. It is
capable of providing highly accurate dimensional information along three
mutually perpendicular axes, and it is used to check the dimensions on
mold cavities, die assemblies and other work holding or tool positioning
A senior design project is required of all mechanical engineering majors
for graduation. This includes the conceptual design, drawings, manufacturing
and assembly of the final product or prototype. Project results are presented
in a final, formal report followed by an oral technical presentation to
a peer group. Some of the projects from past semesters include a golf
ball feeder, a snowboard boot, a camera stabilization system, a human-powered
boat, a low-speed wind tunnel, a two-truss rod system for guitars and
an electro-hydraulic jackstand.
Funds to support these senior projects are extremely limited. In the past,
some students have come up with concepts and/or designs, but the funds
were not available to support them in carrying out their projects. When
this happens, the students must return to the beginning and design another
project. This grant, however, will allow most, if not all, of these projects
to be completed.
The DENSO Corporation is the fourth largest automotive supplier in the
world. It supplies advanced technology, systems and components to all
major carmakers. Globally, the firm employs 85,000 people in 27 countries
and regions, including 485 employees at DENSO Sales California, Inc.,
located in Long Beach.
"DENSO is known worldwide for its technology and its manufacturing
quality," said Tony Takeuchi, advisor to the DENSO North America
Foundation and president and CEO of DENSO International America. "Because
new technology contributes to economic growth, DENSO has always supported
technological advancement through R&D and production-process improvements.
This grant was a natural fit for our foundation's support efforts."
The DENSO North America Foundation, funded by DENSO International America,
provides grants to institutions of higher education with an emphasis on
engineering, technology and business. It also provides grants to the American
Red Cross to offer aid to persons and communities in distress due to the
impact of national disasters in North American locations where DENSO operates.
Proposals are considered from universities and higher education institutions
throughout North America. Eligible projects include capital campaign support,
scholarship programs, undergraduate research and student projects.