Vol 57 No. 17 : October, 2005
Vol 57 No. 17 | Oct. 3, 2005
DENSO Foundation Awards $75K Grant to Engineering
The DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) has awarded the College of Engineering at CSULB a three-year, $75,000 grant to establish a non-destructive testing laboratory and to support the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) student Mini-Baja and Formula team cars. The lab will give students hands-on experience in quality control by learning procedures and using equipment to identify defects in manufactured parts without destroying their functionality.
The main objective of the Formula SAE competition is to create cars that can be designed and produced for less than $25,000. Each team is required to create a manufacturing process – a kind of virtual factory – that maps out an assembly line, puts it all together, and presents why and how the car was built and how four vehicles can be produced per day.
“These projects are essential and invaluable for our students,” commented Hamid Rahai, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the SAE faculty advisor. “They apply their knowledge in practice and in this process, they become outstanding practical engineers. They can compete very well in this competitive market.”
“The DENSO North America Foundation has provided tremendous support for our engineering and technology programs, and especially for our students for more than five years,” added Mike Mahoney, dean of the College of Engineering. “We really appreciate their generosity.”
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Japan, is a leading global supplier of advanced technology, systems and components.
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