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60 Years of CSULB Engineering

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Welcome. I'm Forouzan Golshani, Dean of the College of Engineering.

California State University and CSULB have a long and proud tradition of providing affordable educational access to diverse and underserved populations. That part of the story is well-known. But in the College of Engineering, another chapter is being written—with new faculty from stellar schools instilling the dynamic spirit of innovation into fresh generations of students.

Graduating from engineering schools like GeorgiaTech, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UIUC, our College’s newest faculty have expertise in such cutting-edge specialties as advanced composites, data analytics, engineered tissues, high-efficiency storage devices, microelectromechanical systems, optoelectronics, robotics, smart grids, and sustainable energy.

Our highly diverse students—many of them the first in their families to attend college—will be the beneficiaries of this tremendous burst of fresh energy and perspective. Supplementing the 300 dedicated full- and part-time faculty working in the College’s six departments, these high-caliber hires are allowing us to expand into new areas and offer the diverse student body that we attract an even more comprehensive and valuable educational experience.

As the College marks its 60th anniversary this year, we have much to celebrate, including launch of a new major in the fast-growing field of Biomedical Engineering, a planned expansion of our research labs, establishment of a National Academy of Inventors chapter, and introduction of many more facilities and services designed to help students succeed—the Writing & Communication Resource Center, the Graduate Resource Center, the Dudley Library, and the Engineering Veterans Center.

When Robert Vivian came to establish an engineering program at CSULB in 1957, the first class had 128 students. The number of students doubled the next year and the year after that, supplying the needs of a growing regional economy fueled by aerospace and manufacturing. With 5,000 students, and 1,200 new graduates each year, the College of Engineering continues to contribute the skilled professionals that keep Southern California’s economy thriving. Although much has changed over the past six decades, the College’s dedication to providing students with a comprehensive and quality engineering education hasn’t wavered. We hope you’ll join us throughout the year to mark the College’s 60-year anniversary.