Kevin McCarthy Becomes Honorary Member of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) alumnus Congressman Kevin McCarthy (BS in Marketing ’89, MBA ’94), will join the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) to support the new Engineering programs at CSUB.

The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)..   CSUB engineering programs are working to achieve ABET accreditation, an 18-month, five-step process which includes a readiness review; request for evaluation; self-study report; on-site visit (during September-December); and post-visit due process and accreditation decision. The engineering programs are on a path to accreditation with a site visit planned for some time in September to December 2017. The ABET commission will make its accreditation decision by the following August.

An IAB is required for ABET accreditation. The board provides input into the mission, goals, and student learning outcomes of the Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) programs. The IAB also suggests program content, supports program activities, student internships, co-op placement, alumni employment, faculty development, joint project collaboration, and guest speakers.

“It is truly an honor to join the Industrial Advisory Board at my alma mater, CSUB, to support these new programs,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. “Engineering is an important key to innovation and development, especially in key industries in California. With over 70 percent of CSUB’s alumni remaining and working within the Central Valley, CSUB’s engineering programs will be essential in providing the future face of Central California’s workforce.”

The Computer Engineering program began in Fall 2011 and has had a total enrollment of 367 students. The Electrical Engineering program began in Fall 2012 and enrollment has totaled 161 students. From Fall 2012 to Fall 2014, 509 students have been enrolled in the Engineering Science programs.

“We are honored to have Congressman Kevin McCarthy join the Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB),” said Dr. Anne Houtman, Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME). “He’s been extremely committed to the University and the community we live in. We look forward to his involvement in the Industrial Advisory Board.”

For more information on the Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs, please contact the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at (661) 654-3082 or visit them at
http://cs.csub.edu. For more information on the Engineering Sciences program at CSUB, please contact the Department of Physics and Engineering at (661) 654-2664 or visit them at www.csub.edu/physics

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