Accelerating California’s Engineering Industry
May 19, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
Covering engineering disciplines from aerospace, biomedical and marine to chemical, industrial and electrical, the CSU offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees that students can choose from.
Along with an array of engineering concentrations, several CSU campuses house facilities to assist students with their classes, help scholars improve their skills and offer undergraduates and graduates additional learning opportunities. Some CSU amenities geared toward engineering success include:
San José State University: SJSU’s Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) provides academic advising, outreach and recruitment activities, professional development and practice services, career and graduate school guidance, and leadership opportunities for students.
Cal State Fullerton: CSUF’s Center for Academic Support in Engineering and Computer Science (CASECS) is an academic support program designed to recruit, retain and graduate students. CASECS offers admission assistance, orientation courses, a study center, information about student organizations, scholarships and incentive grants, summer jobs and part-time work, tutoring, and professional development.
San Francisco State University: SFSU hosts several facilities to help enhance student learning, such as the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), which serves the needs of small-and medium-sized manufacturers in the Bay Area by providing cost-free engineering assessments from up-and-coming engineers; the Engineering Research and Design Center, which enhances engineering education through university work on industry/government-sponsored engineering projects; and the Computer & Communication Network Center, which allows students to undertake computer networking projects, analyze network traffic and carry out performance evaluation.
Sonoma State University: SSU’s Cerent Engineering Science Complex consists of eight state-of-the-art laboratories that enrich classroom instructions with hands-on experience in the labs, provide cutting-edge research and development facilities, and act as incubators to develop new technology and applications.
Additionally, several CSU campuses collaborate with community organizations and other CSU campuses on several initiatives and programs to enhance the engineering profession. Such programs include:
Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA): A program that provides support such as classes, hands-on competitions, counseling, transfer support and a community environment to students from middle school through four-year colleges, with the primary objective of increasing future enrollment at the university level in the disciplines of mathematics, engineering and science. CSU campuses involved in MESA include Chico State, Cal State East Bay, Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State L.A., Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San José State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sonoma State.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW): A national program dedicated to expanding pre-engineering curricula in middle and high schools by encouraging the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. Cal State East Bay, San Diego State, San José State and Cal Poly Pomona are all partners of PLTW.