Mechanical engineering undergraduates Patrick Babb, James Barnett, and Mitchell Kitazumi designed a nearly 100-foot-high, adrenaline-inducing thrill ride that earned a silver medal in the University Physics Competition, sponsored by the American Physical Society and the American Astronomical Society. The international collegiate competition attracted more than 300 college teams, and the CSUF team ranked among the top 20 percent of competitors worldwide.
If you’ve visited Disneyland Resort, you’ve likely experienced the magic and excitement of its shows and attractions, all carefully crafted originally by “Imagineers.” But have you ever thought about the design and engineering that goes on behind the scenes to sustain these great experiences? Over the last 15 years, many College of Engineering & Computer Science students have had the opportunity to play a part in Disneyland Resort’s technical process, gaining valuable experience while bringing fresh ideas and solutions to the resort.
As the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover made its historic landing in February, engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena had a lot to be excited about. The rover was designed to search for signs of ancient microbial life, advancing NASA’s quest to explore the past habitability of Mars, and to test technologies to help pave the way for future human exploration. But mechanical engineering alumna Lauren DuCharme (BS ’15), a JPL flight systems engineer, said the team was also enthused about something decidedly less scientific – doughnuts.