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Angelo and Mary Mazzei Announce $500,000 Donation to CSUB For Energy, Engineering Innovation Center

Long-time California State University, Bakersfield supporter and local business leader Angelo Mazzei has announced a $500,000 donation to CSUB to support the University’s proposed Energy & Engineering Innovation Center.

“What motivated us (Angelo, Mary and Celia) to financially support the expansion and construction of the Energy and Engineering Innovation Center was the need for an increase in the quantity of qualified engineers in our local workforce,” Angelo Mazzei said. “The coupling of STEM programs with hands-on activities through teaching labs is a motivating factor for students to embrace and expand their learning experiences. We are pleased with the continuedsuccess of the School of NSME and the commitment that President Mitchell has placed on the development of STEM programs at CSUB.

The Mazzeis have been very forward-looking in thinking about the needs of our community,” CSUB President Horace Mitchell said. “A major need is to continue the growth of STEM programs at CSUB and also to increase the facilities available for teaching and research. Their contribution is a significant lead gift in our efforts to raise additional funds to support construction of the Energy and Engineering Innovation Center, which is the next academic project that the campus has forwarded to the Board of Trustees. It is on their priority list. Construction of the Center will be contingent on the acquisition of significantly more community support as well as the use of designated campus resources which, together, will reduce the cost of the building to the CSU Board of Trustees.

The Energy and Engineering Innovation Center will be a state-of-the-art facility that supports modern, high-impact practices in teaching; cutting-edge, collaborative, interdisciplinary research; and community outreach and partnerships.

The 53,000-square-foot building will house the Department of Physics and Engineering; the California Energy Research Center (CERC); CERC-affiliated student-faculty research; the Fab Lab (an advanced digital-fabrication laboratory); and the School of Natural Sciences,

Mathematics, and Engineering Office of Grants and Outreach, as well as much-needed teaching laboratories, student-faculty research labs, and a 240-seat auditorium and event space accessible the entire university.

Mazzei founded the Mazzei Injector Corporation in 1978 and serves as the company’s Chairman/CEO.

Angelo Mazzei has received several patents in the area of fluid processing equipment. Two of the patents are on the injection of air into water for subsurface irrigation to significantly increase crop production. He also has presented several scientific papers at conferences worldwide.

Mazzei received his bachelor’s degree from Fresno State. In addition to serving on the CSUB Foundation Board, Mazzei serves on several community and professional boards, including the Kern Agricultural Foundation, the International Center for Water Technology, and the International Ozone Association.

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