Hughes Electronics Grant


Contact: Laura Carlson-Weiner,
School of Engineering and Technology
Development Director
(323) 343-4494
FAX (323) 343-4555
or Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

Cal State L.A. School of Engineering and Technology
Receives a $25,000 Grant from Hughes Electronics Corporation

Los Angeles, CA -- June 13, 1996 -- Mechanical Engineering Professor Chivey Wu of the School of Engineering and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles has recently received a $25,000 grant from Hughes Electronics Corporation to support the School's Design Clinic.

The purpose of this Design Clinic are to give students the opportunity to work in an academic environment using their research skills and to work alongside professional engineers from the corporate environment. This project, in collaboration with Hughes Electronics Corporation, involves using computer simulation based on computational modeling as a guideline to improve commercial or military aircraft radar cooling systems. Under the direction of Dr. Wu, students create two-dimensional and three-dimensional models, conduct tests and then compose a final report. Students will receive financial compensation for the duration of the project.

Wu is a specialist in Computational Fluid Dynamics and wind-tunnel testing. As the Faculty Advisor and Principal Investigator for the project, he will direct graduate students in the area of computational simulations and computer modeling. Wu obtained his B.S. in 1976 from the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. In 1979, he received his M.S. and later in 1983, his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He accepted a position at Cal State L.A. in 1983 as a mechanical engineering professor.

The Design Clinic Program was established by the Center for Research within the CSLA School of Engineering and Technology. The main goal of the clinic is to expose students to the reality of the engineering practice and to provide an environment in which students can do research. Charles Wilcox, a former Hughes Executive, is the Director of the Center for Research and is in the process of setting up additional Design Clinics coordinated by CSLA with local businesses and industry.

For more information, call Charles Wilcox at the CSLA Center for Research at (323) 343-4476.

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