CSUB Engineering Buildings Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting

CSU Bakersfield held a grand opening celebration this morning of their new Engineering complex with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new buildings were funded by two grants from the US Department of Education. The 5,000 square foot complex includes laboratory and classroom space that will house more than one million dollars of the necessary equipment to be used in the three Engineering Programs currently available at CSUB: Computer Engineering, which began in fall of 2011, and Electrical Engineering and Engineering Sciences, which began fall of 2012. Although the programs are fairly new, they have already surpassed the enrollment numbers that were not expected until 2015.

"These Engineering Programs have become some of the fastest growing programs in the university now," said Julio Blanco, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. "We are way ahead of the curve, and we could not offer these programs without these buildings and the equipment they house. This allows us to provide Engineers to this community that are prepared and locally trained."

In attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony were: the Honorable Mayor of Bakersfield Harvey Hall, CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell, CSUB Vice President of Academic Affairs Soraya Coley, Dr. Blanco, CSUB NSME faculty and staff, Representatives from the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy and the Kern County Board of Supervisors, CSUB faculty and staff, CSUB students and Bakersfield community members.

Attached are photographs of the event. For more information on the new Engineering complex and the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, visit www.csub.edu/nsme.

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