Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- May 05, 2003
Office of Naval Research Awards More Than One-half
Million Dollar Grant to Cal State L.A. for Seafloor Engineering Research
Mark Tufenkjian (Pasadena resident), a professor of civil engineering
at California State University, Los Angeles, has received a 2003 Research
and Education (REP) grant of $594,253 from the Office of Naval Research
(ONR). Among the 11 awardees nationwide, Tufenkjian represents the only
REP grant recipient from the Western U.S. and the only professor from
the civil engineering discipline. The award is also the largest grant
ever bestowed upon the University’s Department of Civil Engineering.
Over the next 3½ years, Tufenkjian and Cal State L.A. civil engineering
majors will conduct research in Seafloor Engineering with engineers
at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme,
California. The research will develop a mini-cone penetration system
for determining seafloor soil properties to assist in the design of
foundations and mooring elements; test hydraulic models to analyze the
stability of submerged objects on the seafloor; and revise the Navy’s
marine geotechnical engineering handbook to include new and innovative
engineering solutions and technologies.
“This grant will provide unique and exciting research opportunities
for our students and open doors for future collaborations with the Office
of Naval Research and navy engineers in Port Hueneme,” said Tufenkjian.
Cal State L.A. civil engineering undergraduate and graduate students
who are selected to participate in the program will receive a salary
as well as a stipend to cover tuition, books and research-related travel.
Undergraduates who enter the program as freshmen and continue through
their senior year will carry the title of “ONR Scholar.”
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