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.
A poised young woman approaches a podium and begins to discuss her childhood. “The characters I admired most in TV shows always interfaced with computers – they were usually the smartest and most useful.” She then philosophizes, “I always felt this need of wanting to help.” With all eyes at attention, she continues, “It looked like computers were the strongest tool to use to help people.”