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eCurrents - Designing and Building the Future!

A publication of the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno

Profiles on Excellence - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Project at Fresno State

Fresno's Extreme Home Makeover ProjectThe Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project at California State University, Fresno has entered its second year of operation after having successfully completed its first year’s goals. The project involves four faculty members: Gemunu Happawana, Gregory Kriehn, Walter Mizuno and Reza Raeisi. Up to fifteen students from both the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments of the Lyles College of Engineering, have combined efforts to develop a working UAV. The project is being funded by Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB).

The first phase of the project began in September 2008 by recruiting students and setting the goals for Phase I. In collaboration with the sponsors at EAFB, the goal for Phase I was to develop a UAV with an onboard laser and video camera that could be flown remotely by a pilot. Once a target was identified, the laser and video camera would be pointed toward the target, regardless of the UAV's location within the test area. The target is slightly larger than a card table, about 1 meter by 1 meter in size. The plane’s altitude during the testing would be approximately 400 feet. With the basic performance specifications in place, the students and faculty set out to do preliminary research and analysis. After much discussion, a commercially available RC airplane was chosen as the UAV "platform."  more...

Spring/Summer 2010 Issue


49th Annual Geomatics Conference - Another Success!

The 49th Annual Geomatics Engineering Conference was held on January 28-30, 2010 at the Clovis Memorial District conference facility. This annual event is organized and run by the Geomatics Engineering students. Total attendance was 250. Congratulations to conference co-chairs Dave Biswanger and Keith Ream and the entire conference staff. Especially noteworthy efforts were turned in by Pa Vang who managed a flawless registration effort, JR Gregory who generated exceptional scholarship support, Dan Cerda who organized an excellent speaker program, Jacob Andresen who attracted and managing a nice array of exhibitors and Bessie Young for generating six Bulldog sponsorships in just 4 hours.

Gerry Miller provided an LSIT review on Thursday afternoon, while speaker Steve Parish covered the intricacies of Double Corners in a separate room. The Joint NCS-ACSM and SJV-CLSA dinner Thursday night featured some great Clovis barbeque. Then Steve Parish provided a wonderful talk about “Finding Corners”. Read more...

Structures Lab Gets An Upgrade!

The Civil Engineering (CE) structures lab that had been temporarily closed to equip it with new safety features was re-opened in August 2009. In June 2010 additional testing capabilities were completed. After the seismic shaker table that had been fabricated and installed in 2007 had been in operation for about a year, it was realized that some safety features were needed in the lab to safeguard the well-being of personnel and the integrity of the equipment. Steel surrounds were installed around the pressurized pipes, actuator, and accumulator to protect them from falling debris while conducting experiments on the seismic shaker table.

The steel surrounds for the accumulator and pipes are composed of high-strength steel plate and are bolted to the concrete walls for easy removal for maintenance and test set-up. The cover for the actuator (shown in black behind the red seismic shaker table in the photo) was fabricated from similar steel plate.

To also ensure the safety of the operators and protection of the controller, the controller/computer unit was moved from the testing area into the second floor observation deck from where the operator has a very good view of the testing area while remaining safe.

Several engineering firms had made donations to improve the equipment in the CE laboratories. At the initiative of Michael Jundt and other members of the CE Advisory Board, contributions of engineering firms as well as private donations (matched dollar-for-dollar by the Lyles Gift), made it possible to effect improvements in the laboratories including the structures laboratory. Thus, during the upgrading of the structures lab, and thanks to the creativity and workmanship of Steve Scherer, the CE technician, a new testing unit was recently completed. Read more...

Faculty Member Receives ALTERA Corp. Grant 

Dr. Reza RaeisiThe ALTERA Corporation has granted hardware/software Electronic Design Automation tools in the amount of $86,570 to Dr. Reza Raeisi. Included in the grant package are 22 DE2 Educational Kits, 22 Quartus II FIXED PC Subscription licenses for standalone PC, IP-NIOS and ModelSim. Dr. Raeisi will utilize the tools to intensify teaching and research activities in the areas of Artificial Neural Networks Application in VLSI and SoC testing on FPGA as well as digital logic and embedded systems design. This will introduce students to typical engineering tools used extensively by industry.

Dean's Message

Amanpreet Kaur, Graduate Dean's Medalist; Dr. Michael Jenkins, Dean; Jacob Bryan, Undergraduate Dean's Medalist

In Photo: Amanpreet Kaur (L), Graduate Dean's Medalist; Dr. Michael Jenkins (C), Dean; Jacob Bryan (R), Undergraduate Dean's Medalist

To Do the Same or to do Less with Less? This was the dilemma of the academic and fiscal years just ended.  With state budget cuts to the California State University system starting in summer 2009, drastic cuts in operating expenditures were combined with significent fee/tuition increases to students and temporary pay reductions to staff and faculty in the form of furlough days to help balance our budgets.  The administration, faculty, staff and students were clever with time management to weave furlough days into the academic year with minimum disruptions in instruction. As a result, classes were still taught, students still learned, projects were still completed, homeworks were still turned in and corrected, tests were stull administered and scored, course grades were still assigned, and students still graduated. The CSU system fulfilled its educational mission thanks to the dedictation and extra efforts of students, staff, faculty, and administrators.  more...


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New faces on campus!

Dr. Alma Delic-Ibukic

Dr. Alma Delić-Ibukić

Joined the Lyles College of Engineering at the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Upcoming Events…

Event Event Date Date
 Girls SEE Centennial Edition (Summer Engineering Experience) July 12-16, 2010
Fall Semester Begins August 23, 2010
Alumni/Emeriti Faculty Lecture Series (Golden Grads) October 8, 2010
Alumni /Emeriti Faculty Reunion  October 8, 2010
Alumni Chapter Tailgater Centennial Edition October 9, 2010
LCOE Open House October 9, 2010
LCOE Top Dog Lecture/Reception/Student Visits October 15, 2010
International Education Week (LCOE Multicultural Celebration) November 17-21, 2010
50th Annual Geomatics Conference January 27-28, 2011
National Engineer's Week February 20-27, 2011
LCOE Student Projects Day May 4, 2011
4th Annual "Starlight Gala" May 6, 2011
LCOE Convocation: 89 Years of Engineering and Construction Management Education at Fresno State May 20, 2011

For more information on events, contact the Dean's office at 559.278.2500.

Student Spotlight — Construction Management Students Help Create Eco-Village

Media credit: Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee

Construction Management program in the Lyles College of Engineering and Arts & Design program in the College of Arts & Humanities recently teamed with the noted local architect, Art Dyson to design and build emergency housing for the homeless community in the Fresno area. The vision is to create an Eco-Village for the homeless to have a safe and secure environment. In addition, the participants of the Eco-Village would live in a communal environment with gardens for growing vegetable and developing work skills to help them get back into society and prosper. more...

Community Success — MESA Saturday Academies: Engaging the Youth of Our Community

Throughout Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools Program—in partnership with the Lyles College of Engineering (LCOE) and the Motorola Foundation— hosted four Saturday Academies for its students on the Fresno State campus. The approximately 500 6th-12th graders who attended each Academy came from twenty different San Joaquin Valley schools and represented towns such as Fresno, Los Banos, Delano, Porterville, Mendota, Firebaugh, Orange Cove, Reedley, Sanger, Dinuba, and Kingsburg. The Academies are designed to introduce students to projects that they may not see in their regular classrooms and to help them get excited about the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. In addition to the STEM activities, students had the opportunity to eat in the University Student Union (a highlight for many!), and to explore the Fresno State campus. more...