News Release| Center for Energy and Sustainability; Cal State L.A.


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$1.7 million powers up Cal State L.A.’s
Center for Energy and Sustainability

Federal funding to renovate campus facility
to advance science, engineering, technology research

Los Angeles, CA – Building upon the University’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research in engineering and the sciences, California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a core facility to boost research activities for the University’s recently-launched Center for Energy and Sustainability (CEaS).

Pictured: (c) CEaS Fellow Tawana Guillaume.
Cal State L.A.’s CEaS Fellow Tawana Guillaume (in yellow) explains her combustion experiment to local schoolchildren during the 2010 National Lab Day on campus.
CEaS was established in fall 2009 through a five-year, $5 million NSF Centers for Research Experience in Science and Technology (CREST) grant. This multidisciplinary science and technology research center encompasses four areas of study: fuel cells; photovoltaic cells (high-efficiency cells); combustion (burning diverse fuels and examining combustion efficiency); and carbon sequestration (capturing carbon from the atmosphere and pumping it into the ocean or the land).

To begin this fall, approximately 9,500 square feet of research space in the University’s Engineering and Technology building will be reconfigured and modernized to comprise the core energy and sustainability research facility in environment, materials, and advanced technology.

“Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the NSF funding will enable CEaS faculty and students at Cal State L.A. to conduct innovative research in a newly renovated facility that is highly conducive to multidisciplinary collaborations,” said Crist Khachikian, the grant’s principal investigator, the CEaS director, and a professor of civil engineering at Cal State L.A.
“Research in energy and sustainability is a core multidisciplinary, multi-investigator activity within the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology that involves collaborations between faculty from biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, and technology,” he said. “Furthermore, the new facility will provide opportunities to draw more undergraduate and graduate students into science, engineering, and technology research.”  

The modernized CEaS facility will also be used for summer research programs for middle and high schools students and teachers, and community college students.

For a complete list of CSULA faculty associated with CEaS, go to

For details on the NSF award, go to  
For more about CEaS, go to or call (323) 343-5399.  

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