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The CSULB College of Engineering's mission is to develop innovators who design and implement practical solutions to meet the societal challenges of today and tomorrow. The articles below highlight the accomplishments of students and faculty and new developments within COE. Have a news item to share? Email Connect with COE on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube for more news.

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In real life, CSULB Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Joe Kalman doesn’t get help on his rocket research from an intelligent creature self-assembled from spare parts during a Gamma ray explosion. But that’s what happens in the first issue of Project Avatar, a photonics-based educational platform created by OptoSigma, a Santa Ana-based optics and optomechanical manufacturer.
Post-pandemic, the construction industry is booming, and so is competition for civil engineering and construction management graduates. This week, representatives from nearly two dozen companies attended a job fair hosted by the CSULB chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
CSULB Heavy Civil Team, with faculty advisor Dr. Vahid Balali, left.The CSULB Heavy Civil team, coached by Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Assistant Professor Vahid Balali and representatives from industry partner Sukut Construction, won second place in the annual ASC competition in Reno this year.
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Registration is now open for the BEACH Women in Engineering Conference, an in-person event celebrating and supporting CSULB’s vibrant and growing community of women studying engineering and computer science.
hunter lewis
Just weeks after he disappeared off the Northern California Coast while planning a family treasure hunt, CSULB Aerospace Engineering junior Hunter Lewis was scheduled to start work with the PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Program, where participants conduct research that forms the foundation for tomorrow’s space missions. Becoming an astronaut was a lifelong dream. But it wasn’t the only one.
Studying Environmental Engineering
The CSULB College of Engineering is launching a new undergraduate program to prepare graduates for careers in the environmental engineering field. Courses in the 120-unit Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program will be offered beginning in Fall 2022. With nearly 100 students applying so far, the program is expected to be popular, particularly with women.