News Release| Senior Design Expo; Cal State L.A.


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Graduating seniors showcase inflatable Mars structure, hydrogen calibration unit, fault detection research, MicroMouse, more

Engineering Senior Design Expo at Cal State L.A. Friday, June 4

Note to editors and news directors:  In order to prepare students to be competitive in today’s workforce, CSULA graduating seniors have opportunities to apply classroom and textbook knowledge into real-world applications.  

A student design team has been working with Boeing to redesign, fabricate and test an inflatable structure that will allow a landing craft to deliver an instrumentation payload safely to the surface of Mars. While one team worked with SEMPRA to develop a prototype to accurately dispense fuel to hydrogen-fueled vehicles, another student team was at work with Space Systems/Loral on a deployment system for solar-powered panels in space.

On Friday, June 4, more than 35 engineering student teams will present their research findings, competition entries, and corporate-sponsored design projects at the annual Senior Design Expo. Sponsored by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State L.A., the Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Golden Eagle Ballroom, on the CSULA campus.

Reporters are welcome to come explore the relevant hands-on student projects. To make photo arrangements, please contact Lily Nguyen in advance at (323) 343-5604.

Along with other industry-sponsored senior design projects, the Expo will include presentations of findings for the following student research:  Non-Intrusive Investigation of Soot Formation in Swirling Flames; Fault Detection on the SPACE Testbed; GPS Signal Tracking: An Analytical Method for Improving Indoor GPS; Experimental Core Facility for the Analysis and Control of Thermofluid System; Mission Assurance Management Environment; and Light Electric Vehicle.

As part of the Expo, the student teams will also exhibit their cutting-edge engineering projects designed for competition: the MicroMouse robotic rodent, Mini Baja off-road vehicle, Formula SAE racecar, Super Eagle supermileage vehicle, Aero Design aircraft, and Human-Powered Vehicle.

The University is located at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeways. For more about the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State L.A., call (323) 343-4500 or go to /academic/ecst/.    

What:               Engineering Senior Design Expo, featuring more than 35 research, competition and industry-sponsored student projects.

Who:                CSULA graduating seniors in the civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and technology programs will present their final projects to the campus community and industry liaisons.

When:              Friday, June 4, 2010, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where:             Golden Eagle Ballroom, on the CSULA campus.

More:               For more details, call the CSULA College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at (323) 343-4500.

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