CIM Students Evaluate Historic D-Day Site
Five Concrete Industry Management students traveled with Professor Tanya Wattenburg Komas to Point du Hoc in Normandy, France, over spring break 2008 to evaluate concrete bunkers at one of three locations of the historic World War II D-Day landing in June 1944. Komas set up the opportunity with colleagues at Texas A&M as part of a site evaluation for the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Rebuilding New Orleans for the Third Year
In January 2008, 115 students, faculty, and staff from ECC traveled to New Orleans for the third straight year to spend five days rebuilding houses devastated by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. The students raised most of the more than $90,000 needed for the trip and were accompanied by advisor Terry Battle and department staff and faculty members.
Miniature Robot is Amazing!
CSU, Chico placed third at the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Region 6 Micromouse competition held at San Jose State University in May 2008. Matthew Raybourn’s “Micromole” found its way to the center of a maze with two other winners, one from UC Davis and one from the University of Hawaii.
Faculty Experts in Sustainability and Waste Conversion
Kristin Cooper Carter, Concrete Industry Management, worked with Stephen Roosa on the last chapter, “What the Future Holds: Creating a Sustainable World,” of the Sustainable Development Handbook (Fairmont Press, 2007). Cooper Carter also received $222,068 from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for the Iron Canyon fish ladder in Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.
Joseph Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, received a $78,000 Agricultural Research Initiative Research Grant for “Rice Waste and Beer Bottoms Waste Conversion to Biodegradable Plastics via Bacterial Transformation.”
Animation Students Bring Home Top Awards
Students from Clarke Steinback’s video game development class won the Best Interactive Media award at the CSU Media Arts Festival November 2007. The winning video game, “Stalks,” was created by students Nathan Harling, Chris Funk, Todd Brown, and Josiah Koons.
Kentaro Nagase, a master’s student of Rick Vertolli, won third place in the Animation category with “Orgel.” Fifth-place Animation winner was Evan Worley, for “Six to One Odds,” produced in John Pozzi’s 2-D animation class. In the 16 years of the competition, CSU, Chico students have won Best of Show four times and Best Animation nine times.