Honda and Nissan Donate Cars to CSLA

Contact: Laura Carlson-Weiner, Development Director
School of Engineering and Technology
(323) 343-4494
FAX (323) 343-4555
or Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3050

Nissan and Honda Donate Four Cars to Cal State L.A.
for Engineering and Technology Program

Los Angeles, CA -- January 10, 1996 -- The School of Engineering and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles recently received a donation of four cars, totaling $87,300 in value, from Nissan Motor Corporation and American Honda Motor Company, Inc. of Southern California to enhance the automotive laboratories utilized by the School's Power, Energy and Transportation Program.

Through the efforts of the Program Director Jim Heideman, CSLA Professor of Technology, American Honda Motor Company, Inc. donated a 1991 Acura NSX sports car and a 1993 Acura Legend, and Nissan Motor Corporation donated two Nissan Altimas.

Eli H. Jaramillo, Supervisor for the Corporate Service Center, Nissan Motor Corporation and Gary Winters, National Manager Technical Training and Field Operations, American Honda Motor Company, Inc., were also instrumental in securing this donation. Both individuals are graduates of Cal State L.A. Winters graduated from the Industrial Studies Program in 1974, and Jaramillo received his B.A. in 1976 and his M.A. in 1982 in the field of Industrial Technology.

Heideman earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University in 1991. Before coming to Cal State L.A., Heideman worked for Nissan Motor Corporation in Gardena, California. While at Nissan, he supervised and trained a staff of instructional designers for technical and service support. He also developed a national training curriculum for the company and served as a liaison between Nissan Motor Corporation and vocational education programs at colleges and universities throughout the country.

The main objective of the Power, Energy and Transportation Program is to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience while learning about automotive technology. The program teaches students about engine design, performance, and effective pollution management. In addition, students learn research methods that incorporate and address current concerns such as the feasibility of electric vehicles and alternative uses for fuel.

According to Heideman, "The Power, Energy and Transportation Program trains students to work in the automotive and transportation industries. Students have an opportunity to examine state-of-the-art vehicles and explore new methods of 'cutting edge' technology. The program also prepares graduates to work in a highly competitive job market."

Both American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and Nissan Motor Corporation maintain an edge in automotive technology and work with the education community to provide quality training opportunities.

"We like to see the vehicles fully utilized for instruction" says Rodney Lineweber, American Honda National Service Training Representative.

For more information regarding the in-kind gift donation or the Power, Energy and Transportation Program, contact Jim Heideman at (323) 343-4573.

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