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Engineering Selected As Northrop Grumman Core University Partner

Published: October 1, 2013

The College of Engineering at CSULB has been selected as one of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Core University Partners.

Northrop Grumman University Partners are recognized for playing a key role in generating the knowledge, innovation and talent required to maintain and increase the corporation’s global competitiveness.

“We had been highly valued by the Southern California divisions of Northrop Grumman and now the corporate group is recognizing us as a Core University Partner. We are in extremely good company on this list,” said CSULB’s College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani. “CSULB has a long and fruitful relationship with all three of the giants of the aerospace industry—Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

“The Boeing Co. presented the College of Engineering with a Boeing Supplier of the Year award this spring in recognition of our exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s overall success in 2012,” the dean added. “Now, we have been named a Core University Partner by Northrop Grumman, which is undoubtedly a stepping stone to bigger and better things with this innovative company.”

The recognition reflects a growing relationship between the College of Engineering and its corporate partners. In the past year, CSULB’s College of Engineering has tried to show Northrop Grumman that it can be more than just a recruiting site for them. This has led to a number of things opening for the college with the company, according to Golshani, including embarking on several joint research projects—a luxury generally enjoyed by more research-oriented institutions—which the dean called a significant achievement.

“Northrop Grumman and Cal State Long Beach have had a long-term relationship. The College of Engineering does an outstanding job in preparing engineers to join our workforce where they engage in the development of some of the nation’s most advanced systems,” said Christopher Hernandez, vice-president Advanced Systems for Northrop Grumman Corp. “This relationship continues to grow as we recognize CSULB as a core university and expand our ties to include specific research areas.”

Golshani points with pride to the CSULB graduates who have helped to forge the link between the university and this business partner.

“A quick look at the CSULB graduates who have gone on to work for Northrop Grumman and have become leaders brings to light the impact of our college in regional economic and workforce development,” he pointed out. “We have a history of being an effective producer of engineers who have been able to grow their careers in the company.

“(Having) a stronger partnership with a company like Northrop Grumman helps us to be more competitive in producing the best engineers possible. Like us, (the company) is genuinely interested in capable engineers from all walks of life—underrepresented groups, women, veterans and persons with disabilities,” Golshani noted. “We are looking forward to building on this recognition and to foster our relationship so that it grows stronger year by year.”

–Richard Manly