Dr. Luis E. Cabrales was hired as an Assistant Professor. He is the leader in the educational
goals for this grant.
Outreach activities at CSUB Foundation Connect event: In this event, leaders from the agricultural
community were invited to connect with faculty and administrators. The outcomes of this event were very
positive. The local agricultural industry leaders were very interested in supporting the agricultural
programs and they provided feedback regarding the educational goals.
Student recruitment activities for the Engineering program were carried at Shafter High School.
Shafter is an agricultural community in the San Joaquin Valley with a 80% of Hispanic population.
Dr. Julio Blanco and Luis Cabrales attended the US Department of Agriculture meeting and Hispanic
Association of Colleges and Universities National Meeting in October 2012 in Washington DC. They reported
the progress of the grant to USDA officials.
Under the leadership of the Chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering, Dr. Jorge Talamantes, the
curriculum for the B.S in Engineering Sciences with emphasis in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is
being developed for campus approval.
New courses related to Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering have been approved within the Engineering
Sciences curriculum. These courses are going to start on Fall 2013. These are:
ENGR 340 Soil and Water Resource Management
ENGR 341 Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machines
ENGR 342 Bioprocess Engineering
ENGR 440 Biological Systems Applications
ENGR 441 Environmental Engineering
ENGR 442 Food and Bioprocess Engineering Unit Operations