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  • SDSU Engineering achieves ASEE Diversity Silver 2024-26 for DEI effort.

    SDSU Engineering achieves ASEE Diversity Silver 2024-26 for DEI effort

    The San Diego State University College of Engineering was promoted to Silver level status in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)’s Diversity Recognition Program. An upgrade from the Bronze level status awarded in 2019, the recognition for 2024-26 honors transformative initiatives that strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for the college’s faculty, staff, and students in a field historically dominated by males. Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Theresa M. Garcia cited three principal areas of achievement reflected in the ASEE’s higher recognition: “The inclusivity and passion of the college DEI council members,” which is made up of faculty, staff, lecturers, graduate and undergraduate students; the support of college and campus leadership, including Dean Eugene Olevsky, who “supports and values the work of the council;” and “council leadership both present and past.”

  • Mahasweta Sarkar was the first female faculty member hired in the College of Engineering. (Taylor Slane/SDSU)

    Q&A with Mahasweta Sarkar: Balancing STEM leadership, motherhood and research

    Eighteen years ago, San Diego State University alumna and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mahasweta Sarkar was hired as the first tenured female faculty member in her department. Today, she also serves as senior associate dean of Global Campus and on several committees across campus. Born and raised in India, Sarkar was surrounded by strong role models, including her father and aunt who are both civil engineers. This sparked her desire to also become a professional in the STEM field. However, during the 90’s it was not as common as it is today for women to pursue an undergraduate degree in a foreign country. Still, Sarkar has excelled in numerous ways, becoming a leader in her field and an inspiration to other aspiring engineers.

  • The Chemistry Graduate Student Association Demonstrating Science Experiments at the 2023 STEM Festival (SDSU Photo)

    SDSU set to host 2024 STEM Festival at Snapdragon Stadium

    “I remember attending this STEM festival in the Petco Park stadium when I was younger and it aided in the career path I choose today. I encourage the SD community to attend the STEM festival to connect with fellow San Diegans and to allow them to find a passion they did not know they had,” said Bernice Gudino, President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and bioengineering student.

  • From left: SDSU doctoral student Qingqing He, Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering Yang Yang and USC graduate student Yushun Zeng in the laboratory.

    Engineering a smart and robust protective body armor

    What if there was a way to strengthen our understanding of the impact football players undergo? Or, to create elderly protective gear that alerts help upon a fall? What if we could produce a smart spacesuit material that monitors force and shields astronauts? Our engineers are creating an advanced sensing technology with a lightweight, organic material (cuttlefish bone) to 3D print and advance body protection gear with alarm systems and data collection capabilities built in.

  • Professor Katz Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

    Professor Joseph Katz Earns AIAA San Diego Lifetime Achievement Award

    Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Joseph Katz has earned the AIAA San Diego Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding dedication and passion for his work. Over the past four decades of his career, he has positively influenced the fields of aerospace, aerodynamics, and mechanical engineering disciplines. From his research on fluid mechanics, combustion engines, and passenger car safety, to aviation piston engine cooling, transonic wings, and so much more, Katz has played pivotal roles in advancing the machinery and technology that we use in the modern world.

  • From left: SDSU doctoral student Qingqing He, Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering Yang Yang and USC graduate student Yushun Zeng in the laboratory. (Taylor Slane/SDSU)

    Aerospace engineering faculty members rank in top 2% of authors worldwide

    In an October 2023 Stanford University study, three San Diego State University aerospace engineering faculty members ― professors Ping Lu, Luciano Demasi, and Joseph Katz ― ranked in the top 2% of aerospace and aeronautics authors worldwide.

  • Alumna Establishes the C&C Probett Excellence in Aerospace Endowed Fund for Senior Design Projects

    Alumna Establishes the C&C Probett Excellence in Aerospace Endowed Fund for Senior Design Projects

    Christine Probett (‘85, ‘87, ‘97) has established the C&C Probett Excellence in Aerospace Endowed Fund for Senior Design Projects in honor of her late husband, Chris Probett, who also led a successful engineering career. Her gift will offer engineering students access to resources necessary to excel in the Senior Design Course, currently led by Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Joseph Katz. Fundamental for every senior to complete, the course provides students with the communication and presentation skills that give engineers a competitive edge.