Located in the southern part of Los Angeles County, and bordering northern Orange County, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) serves a large diverse urban population. Established in 1949, it has grown into a comprehensive University, with a student population of over 34,000, offering 209 programs through 81 degrees, 98 masters programs through 66 degrees, and two joint doctoral degrees. Students come from 58 California counties, 47 states and U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, and 104 foreign countries. Since its founding, CSULB has awarded over 151,000 undergraduate degrees and over 30,000 graduate degrees. CSULB is the largest enrolled University in the 23 campus CSU system and is the second largest university in California.
The University's physical plant includes 322 acres, with 80 buildings consisting of 3,061,429 square feet, inclusive of State-funded and non-State-funded buildings. The campus is beautifully landscaped. A central feature of the landscape design is more than 3200 flowering peach trees donated by the citizens of Long Beach.
As CSULB enters the new millennium, it does so with Vision 2001, a strategic plan with the goal that CSULB will be the campus of choice for Southern California students. Its acclaim will be the quality of baccalaureate and master's programs, commitment to excellence, and preparation of students to function effectively in a global society.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of the five departments in the College of Engineering (COE). The department has 20 full-time faculty, 6 full-time staff, more than 450 students, which includes 120 graduate students, and houses several state of the art facilities and laboratories. The MAE department has a long history of collaboration in the areas of research and education with many government agencies and major local companies such as the Boeing Company. CSULB is designated as a Boeing "focus school". Scientists and executives from Boeing and other local companies also teach courses for the MAE Department, bringing their industrial experience to class room.
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