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