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The Edwards Automated Sewing, which placed 3rd, was designed to contribute to Edwards Lifesciences endeavors in fully automating a sewing process of an implantable cloth onto a trans-catheter heart valve (THV). This 2017 senior design team showcased the precision and accuracy of the robotic system.

INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY AT CSUF’S

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

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ach year students in the College of Engineering and

has discovered a hidden gem of practical engineering talent right

Computer Science (ECS) at Cal State Fullerton celebrate the

here in Fullerton with CSUF’s program that allows companies like

completion of year-long design projects at the ECS Student

ours to provide real-life engineering challenges we face to the ECS

Projects Showcase and Awards. This event provides students the

students through CSUF’s ECS Corporate Partners Program. It is a

opportunity to share new design ideas and exciting prototypes

win-win benefit for the students and the partner, in that the students

across all five disciplines represented in the college: Mechanical

get to work on practical engineering challenges and the corporate

Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical

partner gets to potentially implement these solutions directly into their

Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

business.” Our corporate partners like PacMin offer invaluable learning

In 2017, ECS achieved a record number of 70 student projects on display during the ECS Student Projects Showcase and Awards. This year will likely be even bigger with the success of the college’s Corporate Partners program, which connects local industry with students and facilitates industry sponsored student projects. These projects give students the opportunity to work on real life problems facing companies that believe in the power of a student’s fresh perspective. Not only does the company benefit from student ideas, but the students receive critical, hands-on applied learning experience that will benefit them as they enter the workforce after graduation. This year, the college has 16 corporate partners spanning Orange County with four of them based in North Orange County: PacMin, Inc., Disney Parks, Raytheon, and Bristol Industries. The projects are focused on skills that include smart modeling, roller coaster track inspection, navigation tools and robotics. Collectively, our corporate partners are sponsoring 20 different student projects, which will be on display at the ECS Student Projects Showcase and Awards. Dan Ouweleen, President of PacMin, Inc., has said of the program: “PacMin

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experiences to our students mentoring them throughout their projects and modeling professionalism and quality work ethic. Susan Barua, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has expressed sincere gratitude to the corporate partners who have supported student projects this year. “Without our corporate partners, we would not be able to provide these learning opportunities that enrich our students’ educational experiences.” This year’s ECS Student Projects Showcase and Awards is scheduled for Monday, May 7, 2018. As the event continues to expand with the growth in student population and the Corporate Partners program, the college is offering unique sponsorship opportunities that include logo placements and the option for a company to name one of the awards given to top-notch projects at the event. The College of Engineering and Computer Science welcomes the community to visit campus during this wonderful celebration of students and industry. Businesses interested in attending or sponsoring the ECS Student Projects Showcase and Awards or learning more about becoming a corporate partner, should contact Nicole Bailey at 657-278-4847 or nbailey@fullerton.

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