Campus: CSU Long Beach -- March 14, 2003
Cal State Long Beach Engineering Professor Selected
for Boeing Summer Fellowship
Tulin E. Mangir, an engineering and technology professor at California
State University, Long Beach, has been selected to take part in the
prestigious Boeing – A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellowship Program.
She is one of just nine faculty members chosen nationwide for the eight-week
The goal of the Boeing program is to provide faculty with a better understanding
of the practice of engineering in industry and the business realities
of that practice in order to influence the content of undergraduate
education in ways that will better prepare tomorrow’s graduates
for the practice of engineering in a global industrial environment.
It also benefits the company with the observations and feedback of the
faculty members, after they are immersed in the company environment.
From June 16 through Aug. 8, Mangir will spend time at Boeing facilities
in Seattle and Southern California, participating in activities commensurate
with her broad expertise and experience, both industrial and academic.
"The main point of the program is to expose academics to Boeing
projects so we can establish a bridge between industry and academia
and be more relevant in our teaching. This is especially important for
faculty who have not had a lot of experience in industry," said
Mangir, a faculty member at Cal State Long Beach since 1994, where she
started the network technology program and built laboratories for students
with NSF funding.
For people like her, it is also what the company gets in return: an
experienced technology executive who is also an academic resource. "In
addition, the improved preparation of our students will ultimately better
serve companies such as Boeing.
"To me, another significant aspect of the program is the chance
to create opportunities for our students by establishing working relationships
with local industry," she added. "I would like to establish
relationships with appropriate departments with the hope of generating
internship and future career opportunities for our students."
Mangir said program officials have informed her that she would be involved
in projects at a level that takes advantage of her broad technical and
During the last week of the program, faculty fellows will be asked to
report individually on their observations of Boeing as well as draft
and present a personal plan to initiate activities aimed at improving
their undergraduate education programs.
In addition, the fellows will be asked to prepare a single collaborative
report that contains both their collective observations and their collective
suggestions for improvements where pertinent. This report will include
an executive summary that will be sent to Boeing senior executives.
"After 25 years of industrial and academic experience in multiple
sectors, it gives me great satisfaction to be able to give my students
relevant information and assign projects that are relevant for real-world
problems in the field of engineering," Mangir pointed out. "Engineering
is not learned from books alone. It is important to keep them [students]
abreast of current technology, methodologies and practices, provide
adequate hands-on experiences, and I am hoping this fellowship will
enhance our abilities and resources in these areas. I’m looking
forward to this opportunity to create benefits for our students."
Mangir has a bachelor’s degree in engineering (electrical engineering
emphasis) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), master’s
degrees in solid state electronics and computer architecture from the
University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering
and computer science from UCLA.
She has been a consultant to European Economic Commission (Esprit Projects),
NASA (JPL and Ames) and a large number of multinationals and high technology
companies such as IBM, Thompson, NEC, Nokia, Ericksson and many others.
She teaches courses on computer networks, embedded systems and systems
design and integration projects. Her present research activities include
the areas of Internetworking, high speed networks, network security
and information assurance, mobile and wireless networks, sensor networks
and high availability/security server architectures.