Campus: CSU Northridge -- November 25, 2002

CSUN Receives $120,000 from Office of Naval Research to Enhance Mechanical Engineering Program


The Office of Naval Research has awarded Cal State Northridge's mechanical engineering department more than $120,000 to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to further strengthen the already respected program.

The grant for $120,413 is intended to bolster the mechanical engineering design section of the department. The money will be used to buy advanced computer workstations and software as well as a rapid prototyping machine, which is used to provide designers feedback on the manufacturability of what they have created.

"The funds really help us accelerate the development of a modern curriculum in mechanical engineering design," said Stewart Prince, a professor in the department. Prince, the principal investigator for this project, is being assisted by professor Larry Caretto.

Prince added, "The grant will allow the completion of a state-of-the-art design facility to be used by all students in the mechanical engineering department at CSUN."

The completed facility will consist of a network of high-performance computer workstations with modeling and analysis software, a rapid prototyping device and two already existing completely computer-automated machines that can do a number of different machining operations such as milling, drilling, tapping and boring.

"This project is an important step in making CSUN a leader in engineering education in our region," said S.T. Mau, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Mechanical engineers are involved in all aspects of the design of systems and processes for generating, converting and using power for beneficial purposes. These aspects range from the design of mechanical components to the optimization of large and complex power generation systems as well as the minimization of environmental impact. Mechanical engineers are involved in modeling and testing the design of such devices and systems as automobile engines, aircraft and space vehicles, gas and steam turbines, heating and air conditioning systems, transmissions and robots.

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.


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