Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

CIM Students interning at Alcatraz Island: left to right: Stig Strombeck, Chad Golden, Trevor Prater, Andrew Billingsley, Brian James, Jonathan Hall, Jason Hagin (National Parks Service Historical Architect), Professor Tanya Komas.

Concrete Industry Management Students Spend Summer on Alcatraz

The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program partnered with Golden Gate National Recreation Area to create the first CSU, Chico CIM Summer Field School on Alcatraz Island. Five CIM students spent the 2010 summer working full time as National Park volunteers on Alcatraz Island. Throughout the 10-week internship, they helped preserve and repair deteriorated concrete structures, some of which date to the 1850s. Seventeen CIM students also helped build a memorial to honor firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 disaster in New York City during the annual World of Concrete trade show and conference in Las Vegas in spring 2010.

A New Home for Women’s Shelter: Blitz Build 2010

After three Rebuild New Orleans projects beginning in 2006 and the construction of sheds for victims of the Concow fire in 2009, Construction Management students and other volunteers across campus built two 840-square-foot homes in only nine days in January for Catalyst, a domestic violence intervention organization in Chico. More than 200 students, faculty, and community members partnered with more than 40 suppliers. Professors Jim O’Bannon and David Shirah were the advisors, and Christina Pantera was the student leader for the project.

Manufacturing Technology Helps Create Green Jobs

The Manufacturing Technology program received $500,000 of a $3.5 million grant to produce new product ideas and manufacturing methods. They are partners with NorTEC, Butte Community College, and the Private Industry Council in helping to create 350 new jobs in Butte County.

Students Win at CSU Media Arts Festival for Animation

Students in Applied Computer Graphics won awards at the 2009 Media Arts Festival. Jonathan Wondrusch, director, won a First Place Rosebud Award in the animation category for his animated short, Piano Man. Jessica Chin, director, received a second place recognition for her animation entry, The Magic Trick.

Contract for Pavement Preservation Center

Professor Dingxin Cheng, California Pavement Preservation Center, has secured a contract from CalRecycle for $500,000 and a renewed three-year contract with Caltrans for $800,000. Cheng was awarded a 2009–2010 Professional Achievement Honor by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation.

Students Engineer Intelligent Ground Vehicle

Five mechatronic engineering students built an autonomous IGV for the 18th Annual IGV Competition, the third year a team from Chico has entered the competition. The team added features such as a stereo-vision camera, a system to test the vehicle via an iPhone, and line-following software that allowed the vehicle to run continuously.



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