E&T Open House



Margie Yu
Public Affairs Spec.
(323) 343-3047

of Events

Exploring the Future at Cal State L.A.

Visit state-of-the-art engineering
and technology facilities

The spectacular new facilities of Cal State L.A.'s College of Engineering and Technology will be open to high school and community college students and their families during a special open house.

Hundreds of students and their parents will be able to tour the University's brand new state-of-the-art engineering & technology facility and learn about careers in engineering and technology. Meet nationally-recognized experts like professor Neda Fabris, the recipient of this year's Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, and other outstanding faculty members from Cal State L.A.'s College of Engineering and Technology.

Sunday, May 20, 2001, 2-5 p.m.

Cal State L.A. Engineering and Technology Building. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 Freeways.

The following award-winning student design projects will be on display during the open house: national first-place Solar Eagle III solar car, the Mini Baja off-road vehicle and the rehabilitation engineering beach cruiser wheelchair. Tour highlights include the NASA-funded SPACE Lab, the automated manufacturing lab, the Power, Energy and Transportation Lab, Graphic Communications Lab, and Environmental Lab.

Reservations are necessary. Call the Cal State L.A. College of Engineering and Technology at (323) 343-4510.

Neda Fabris, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cal State L.A., was recently selected as the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award of the Society of Women Engineers.

The award committee chair Patricia M. Shamamy comments that Fabris' nomination demonstrated an overwhelming love of teaching and research. "Her efforts in developing innovative programs to interest girls in engineering, particularly minority groups, are indeed noteworthy."

Professor Fabris received her Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, and is an expert in materials, manufacturing processes, automation and management of modern manufacturing enterprises. She has done engineering research in Germany and Bosnia, as well as in the United States. Fabris also speaks to engineering and non-engineering audiences on opportunities in the engineering professions.

Fabris is responsible for developing Cal State L.A.'s Mother and Daughter Engineering Academy, a six-week series of lectures, hands-on experiments and engineering contests intended to provide an enjoyable introduction to engineering for high school girls, with participation opportunities for their mothers.

Before joining the Cal State L.A. faculty, Fabris was a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratory in Illinois, where she worked on packaging electronic components and thermal and vibration analysis. In 1998, Fabris was honored as a Manufacturing Educator of the Year by Desert Pacific Region 12 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She is a Glendale resident.

The Distinguished Engineering Educator Award is presented to a woman who, as a full-time or emerita engineering educator, has demonstrated excellence in teaching by inspiring students to high levels of accomplishment, showing evidence of scholarship through contributions to research and technical literature, and who, through active involvement in professional engineering societies, has made significant contributions to the engineering profession.

The SWE is a non-profit educational service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education.

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