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DENSO Awards $25,000 for NDT Laboratory

Published: November 17, 2008

Denso North America Foundation

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The DENSO North America Foundation recently presented a check to CSULB’s College of Engineering for a one-year $25,000 grant to fund the purchase of ultrasonic immersion testing equipment for the college’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) laboratory.

The equipment will enable students to perform a common testing method used in the automotive industry for quality control and further enhance the department’s certificate program in NDT methods.

“These projects are proving essential and invaluable for our students in enabling them to compete in this competitive market,” said Forouzan Golshani, dean of the College of Engineering. “For several years now, the DENSO North America Foundation has provided excellent support for our engineering programs and we really appreciate their generosity.”

DENSO previously awarded the college a three-year $75,000 grant to establish the NDT laboratory and to support the Society of Automotive Engineers’ student Mini-Baja and Formula team cars.

The NDT lab provides students with hands-on experience in quality control by teaching them the proper procedures and allows them to use state-of-the-art equipment to identify defects in manufactured parts without destroying their functionality. The lab is a required course for all manufacturing and quality control engineering students at CSULB. It has also enabled professors to enhance their lecture material and expose students to the latest professional practices.

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Japan, is a leading global supplier of advanced technology, systems and components. Presenting the check to CSULB were DENSO Foundation board member and DENSO Sales California Senior Vice President Richard Shiozaki and representatives from DENSO Sales California, including Senior Manager of Engineering Eugene Stark, Marketing Manager Larry Fidance and Dan Alf, public relations.

“DENSO North America Foundation is committed to the advancement of higher education in North America,” said Shiozaki. “The foundation has a strong partnership with the CSULB College of Engineering and we are pleased to support the continuing development of the NDT lab through the purchase of this new equipment.”