Building a Better Future
May 19, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
In an effort to prepare job-ready graduates, CSU campuses emphasize the need for hands-on experience. The lessons learned through various academic activities teach students the essential skills that will help them thrive in the industry.
Each CSU engineering department maintains a curriculum that allows students to step out of the classroom and apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems through interactive assignments. Some projects that scholars have tackled include:
H2OMe: Hydrogen Home Fueling Station: A team of students at Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology designed an apartment complex concept that included a hydrogen hub for hydrogen fueling that achieved a savings of $700 per year in fuel and an 18 percent deduction of carbon emission.
Electric Motocross Bicycle (EMXB): Mechanical engineering students from Cal State Long Beach created a high-performance electric mountain bike, which can be ridden like a bicycle or a motorcycle, making it a very versatile, practical and fun vehicle for recreation or transportation. It is also silent, emissions free and efficient, costing a fraction of a penny in electricity per mile.
Urban Concept Car: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students earned an innovation award at Shell Eco-Marathon for its Urban Concept Car, which can travel 425 miles on a single gallon of gas. The Urban Concept Car boasts sophisticated metering electronics that generate an unprecedented amount of performance data.