College of Engineering & Computer Science: Made at Sac State – The Video Magazine


[ Music ]>>From the capital campus of California State
University Sacramento. This is “Made at Sac State.”>>Welcome. Welcome to “Made at Sac
State The Video Magazine.” I’m Gloria Moraga. We are here to share
the university’s story and to celebrate academic
excellence our students and our faculty who are
redefining the possible in the region and beyond.>>The College of Engineering and Computer Science is
redefining the possible. ECS transforms students
into professionals by emphasizing theory
and practice. ECS’s computer science and computer engineering
students are becoming 21rst century cyber security experts. Sac State’s civil engineers and construction managers
land jobs before they graduate and are building bridges
and housing complexes. Electrical and electronic
engineers are learning to manage the smart grid which will help keep America’s
energy needs fulfilled and mechanical engineers
are building cars, robots and even artificial
brains. [ Music ]>>Joining us now is
the Dean of the College of Engineering and
Computer Science. Dean Lorenzo Smith. Thank you very much
for being here.>>Thank you.>>And we also have two
students who are members of the Hornet Racing
team and you two are also in the mechanical
engineering department?>>Yes.>>And thank you for joining us. We have Anthony Melanson. You are the marketing
lead for Hornet Racing and Jeffrey Jackson you are one of the Technical
Directors for our club.>>Yes.>>And thank you
both for being here. We’ll get started with Dean
Smith and a question to him. We saw a little bit about what
the College of Engineering and Computer Science
is all about in that little opening video
but tell us a little bit about how closely connected
this college is to the community and what you’re doing for
our students as a whole.>>Sure. Well first I
really want to direct that toward what the faculty
are doing and my job is to do the best that I can to
bring resources to the faculty and allow them to do what they
do best and that is interact and teach the students and
so it’s really a question of what the faculty are
doing with the students and how they serve
the community. So theory and practice and
when I hear the feedback from industry they tell me, Lorenzo one of the things we
love about your students is that they are well grounded in
the theory but they know how to hit the ground running. They understand the
realities of industry and this is why again I’m
so proud of our students and our faculty because
that’s part of our culture. We know that’s one of our
strengths and anything we can do to promote that is good for
our college and the community.>>What is your background?>>Well, I kind of grew up
in the automotive industry and so background
mechanical engineering. I spent a lot of time in
the area of manufacturing within the auto industry and
so I’m very familiar with a lot of the details associated
with making the parts. In mechanical engineering a
big part of it is designing but then the question is well
how are you actually going to make this and so I have
some background in that area.>>So I’m going to have you
ask the students some questions but before we get to
the questions and all of this wonderful props that
you brought which are parts of the car, how wonderful
has your education been here at Sac State and we can
start with you Jeff?>>It’s been excellent, you
know, like Dean Smith said, it’s not only about the
classes but the projects that go on outside of the class. A very wise professor once
told me that you know, the classes give
you your toolbox and then what you do
outside of the classroom or in industry teaches
you how to use it and that’s exactly
what we’re able to do here with Hornet Racing.>>What exactly do you
do at Hornet Racing?>>So Hornet Racing is
an intercollegiate design competition and we
build, test and compete against other universities
from all over the world in building a formula
style racer.>>Okay. And Anthony how
have your classes been and work with your professors?>>Pretty good. Whenever I have questions
I’m able to ask them. Most of us go into Hornet Racing
not knowing much about cars. When I first started out I
didn’t know anything about cars.>>I want to point out
something very interesting that Anthony mentioned and that
is he went into this interaction with the Hornet Racing
knowing nothing about cars or very little but it really
he found, you correct me if I’m wrong, very inviting,
students invited you in in spite of the fact that you didn’t
have that background and again, this is what our college is
about exploring opportunities, learning new things, so I
really was pleased to hear that. All of us are so proud of the accomplishments
of Hornet Racing. I mean you have these prizes,
these awards that you win in. A lot of times people tend
to focus on the prize. Well my question to you is when you look back what
do you think is going to be most valuable the prize
or the process of just going through this and
chasing that prize?>>It’s definitely the process
that’s more valuable for us. We really take the time to try
to learn all the tools necessary for us in order to make the
car which can be applicable to industry in the future.>>Before we wrap up here
just give us the overview of what we have here on set.>>Okay, first, far right
we have one of our helmets. It has to be a rated
helmet along with the rest of
our safety gear. It has to be fireproof
and certified by several organizations
to be able to use it in the competition. Up front here we
have our uprights. Our uprights are what hold
the spindle and the wheels onto the car and they
also transmit the steering and stabilization
forces in the back. So over here you can see we
actually have a plastic one and the reason that we use
something like this is to dial in our machining process. It’s very expensive to go through the machining
process just as practice with a large chunk of
metal so we actually do it out of plastic first
to not only, you know, perfect what we’re going
to do with a piece of metal but also not risk breaking
our tools in the meantime so.>>Great. Smart. Yes, we want to thank you all
for spending some time with us and sharing wonderful work that
you do and the wonderful work that the faculty and you
are doing in [inaudible]>>My name is Rea Ali. I graduated with a degree
in civil engineering. I am the Dean’s Award Medalist
for the College of Engineering and Computer Science and
I am “Made at Sac State.”>>My name is Kevan Shafizadeh. I am the Chair and a
professor of Civil Engineering and I teach students who
are “Made at Sac State.”>>For more information on
the College of Engineering and Computer Science
checkout our website.>>The attack origins and
attack targets are going around and around the world right now. We see a lot of origins
coming from China. We get this beautiful
example of what’s going on and this is everyday life. We’re constantly under attack
especially like our bank.>>I’m Gloria Moraga. This is “Made at Sac
State The Video Magazine.” We use our bank cards at a store and the next thing you
know boom identify theft. We are here with three gentlemen
to talk about cybersecurity and the College of Engineering
and Computer Science. Welcome Professor Isaac
Ghansah thank you very much for being here and thank you for bringing these two
wonderful students. We’ve got Daniel
Florist and Darryl Nixon. We’ll start with the professor. Tell us a little bit about
the work in the field of cybersecurity in
computer science.>>The first thing we
did was to form a center for information assurances
security and that center led us to apply for Center
of Academic Excellence from National Security Agency and Department of
Homeland Security. You will be happy to
hear some of the students that we have here
what they are learning and they can tell
you more about that.>>All right. Let’s get right to it.>>So my education
has been really fun. The class that Ghansah teaches
is attacking countermeasures and cyber forensics so attacking
in attacking countermeasures that we see how to not only
defend the attack a little bit and get an overview of
what criminals are doing to like get a foothold
on companies as well as credit cards.>>Yes and tell us a little
bit about your education here. What are you doing?>>Well, I would say
that I’m concentrating in our cyber defense and
operations certificate program. So with those two classes
we also have a class in cryptography and
operating system pragmatics which gives us kind of a
lower level feel for kind of what’s going in a system.>>What do you guys going
to do when you graduate? What jobs are you going to get?>>So my dream goal is
essentially a penetration tester so I’ll work for a company and
just see where the holes are at in the company
and if I can break through I’ll have to fix them.>>And I’ll well in addition to
that I’d like to do something in malware research which would
encompass reverse engineering viruses that they find in wild. You take it apart. You learn how it works and
you research how to defend against it and how
to fix the problem.>>Now I know we’re running out
of time but I really do want to not let you all go before
you give us all some tips on how not to get hacked. What are if we’ll go down the
row give me your number one tip for security because we’ve
got our phones, the iPads, the tablets and then our
computers lock, you know.>>So a good tip for all of those things is
to keep them updated. There’s a lot of professionals
that know what they’re doing and they’re actively trying
to fix bugs in the code and anything that
bad guys can exploit. So when you see that
Windows pop up, when you see that Java pop up, when you
see Adobe pop up keep all of those updated
because those are fixes that will patch your
software and keep you safer.>>So if you say oh that
takes too long I’m not going to do it right now
that’s not good.>>Just stop what
you’re doing and fix it.>>Okay. All right, tip, tip. Number one tip.>>Number one tip would be
your number one defense is your password. If you have a short password
or you use the same password for everything and
essentially your first line of defense is weak so you have
to strengthen your password and always try to use the
two step verification. So if you log into something
it’ll send you a message on your phone and on your
phone you have to type in the message essentially
on [inaudible]>>Number one tip.>>Number one tip is be
careful about spam e-mail, email that you receive that
asks you questions about, you know changing your password
or changing your credentials because typically that kind of
information once you send it out to in e-mail
if you are not sure that you are expecting
it then it’s better to call the person especially if
it comes from somebody you know. If you don’t know the person
it’s a good idea not to do that because they’re going
to use that information to get access to your
social security number or your credit card or any of
that sensitive information.>>All right, very good tips.>>Hi. I’m Ron Brown. I’m the president and CEO
of Brown Construction. I’m a 1986 graduate and
I’m made at Sac State.>>Hi. I’m Darren
Henry, Project Manager of [inaudible] Hall
Graduate Housing Project and I’m made of Sac State. [ Music ]>>In the first place
for the first time in our country’s solution
problem [inaudible]. And now for the first place team
California State Sacramento.>>We’re Construction
Managers [inaudible] and we’re made at Sac State.>>Construction Management at
Sac State is building the region and beyond and on top of
that wow, what a grand group of people and what a grand, grand department
here at Sac State. Thank you all for being here. We have Professor,
Justin Reginato. Thank you for being here
and Alyssa Zayas who is one of our recent grads and
kind of she won some awards when she was here and
thank you very much for joining us Henry Meier
who is also a Sac State Alum but also now you’re in
construction management and you’re hiring our graduates.>>Yes I am.>>So thank you all
for being here. We’re going to start
off just really briefly. Professor tell us a little
bit about this department and how closely connected
you are to the community.>>Well to discuss the program. The program is both
broad and focused. Obviously, it’s focused on
the construction industry but our graduates
learn engineering. They learn management on top
of construction management and we prepare them to
basically run projects. They can be anywhere
doing a million dollars and in Alyssa’s case she’s
getting ready to step onto a project that’s worth
several hundred millions of dollars. So we’ve got that as
part of our curriculum. That’s what we’re training
our students to do. In terms of relationship
with industry by the time our students
get to be about in their junior year
many of them if not all of them right now have
internships so it’s great as a professor to
walk into a classroom and students are currently
working on construction projects because we start talking
about stuff in greater detail than just the basics and
it’s because we have access to industry that the
students are able to get those jobs while
they’re still learning.>>All right. Alyssa tell us a little bit
about your Sac State career, your experience but then you
won awards while you were at school here but also you got
a wonderful job so we’re going to have some time here.>>Yeah.>>So first of all your
Sac State experience.>>Coming here was a
blessing in disguise. I did not think my
career would be where it’s at today had I not
come to Sac State. A little bit about what
Justin touched on, you know, just the industry support
in the classroom and, you know the competitions that gives the students the
opportunity to get out there in the workforce and gain
experience while they’re still in school so when they graduate
they have a resume to go off of that they can get hired and, you know have a great
job right out of college.>>We love those
graduation shots of all guys in your hardhats and all of
you, I think in the last couple of years have had jobs already. You’re already working on jobs.>>Yep.>>So Henry you attended
Sac State and tell us about your experience here
but then you stay connected to the university and so why? I mean we’re thrilled
so it’s a happy why.>>There are several reasons. First of all, I’m
passionate about construction and I love this industry. I love the people I work with. I love the people
in the industry. I love the company I work with
and what better way to give back to the community than to
give back to the Sac State to basically help mold me and
make me where I’m at today.>>So tell us about your
foundation or the foundation that helps Sac State students.>>SCMEF, the Sacramento
Construction Management Education Foundation so Gary
Harvison gave me his board seat a little over 10 years
ago and as a new member of SCMEF I was completely
in awe of some of these industry leaders
that I sat on the board with and they put a strategic
plan together at that time to help support the construction
management program at Sac State and in the 10 years I’ve been on the board I’ve seen
them meet every milestone, every strategic plan item
that they’ve set in place and it’s been quite
an amazing experience.>>Well, we want to thank
you and thank everyone for supporting our students. Okay. Let’s talk about projects. We’ll start with Alyssa. Alyssa what are you working
on right now and give us and then tell us what
you’re going to be doing because we want to hear
all about building.>>Yeah. So currently I am on the Yuba City
Courthouse Project. It’s a 40 million dollar
project in Yuba City. It’s a four story
courthouse, six court room’s, detention holding, prisoner
holding in the basement level. I’ve been there for
about 13 months. Once we turn that project over
to owner I’ll be going downtown to the Sacramento
Downtown Plaza Hotel. It’s a 16 story high-rise
hotel right next door to the brand new
Sacramento Kings Arena.>>How exciting is that?>>Very exciting. I’m very excited to be a
part of such an iconic build in Sacramento and something
that will last a lifetime that I’ll be able to
say that I was a part of and helped to build.>>Well thank you. That’s so exciting and Henry
did you hire Alyssa actually or you helped bring her
to your company, correct?>>She is such a superstar
that we pursued her for years before we
finally landed her but kind of getting back to what
you said, you know, my wife and kids are sick of me
driving down, you know, through Sacramento saying,
you know, I helped build that building or I
worked on that building. Before we even get to those
buildings now they’ll say, “I know. You worked on that building.” So that’s what Alyssa
is going to be saying.>>So I know you are a mentor
to the students and thank you for that but you’re a little
jealous that Alyssa gets to work on the big hotel downtown
near the arena or –>>You know I never worked on
a $200 million dollar project. That’s such an iconic
project in Sacramento, so yeah I am a little jealous.>>I love being here. I think I went to every
operations manager in our office and said I want to
be on that project.>>And she’s made at Sac
State and so are you.>>My name is Rosie
Pann and I’m a woman in construction management
made at Sac State.>>Hi. I’m Henry Meier Project
Executive of Swinerton Builders and I was made at Sac State.>>My name is Shirona Kumar. I’m the woman in
Construction Management and I’m made at Sac State. [ Music ]>>One very important component of a Sac State education
is learning to solve community problems
and some of our engineering and computer science
students traveled around the world to help.>>This school called Total
International Children’s Center started off with about 60 kids. They’re mostly orphans in
the village and they started to educate them and through
sponsorships and things like that the school has
grown to over 800 kids at this particular campus.>>One of their issues
is clean water. Right now they have a well
that digs down 200 feet. If they’re out of energy or if they don’t have the diesel
fuel they cannot pump this well. It’s too deep to do by hand so
they end up going to the marsh and drinking that water
that’s highly unhealthy.>>What we have designed and developed here is a DC micro
grid based on renewable energy. So you see this solar panel
here and battery energy storage and so what this
does is this acts as a complete power system
designed particularly for them. So what it does it actually
tracks all the power that’s flowing through our system. We have different
voltage levels, different things like that.>>We decided that bringing
electricity to a school of children would allow them
to get computers, to get access to the Internet, to get access to education but
they electricity.>>This is a 100 watt model
crystalline solar panel. It’s rated at 100 watts. The maximum power point voltage for this particular
panel is 18.5 volts.>>This is a raspberry pie which is basically just a
mini computer costs about $35.>>The best case
scenario is we go there and we find all the components
we need locally and the reason for that is because the
shipping costs to get something like this three to five kilowatt
system with the TV panels and the energy storage over
to Uganda is not really cost effective. I think when I looked at
it last it was somewhere around the vicinity
of four grand just to ship the solar panels alone, so anything we can get
locally is definitely better. [ Music ]>>This is “Made at Sac
State the Video Magazine.” I’m Gloria Moraga. We’re talking about
civil engineering. What an exciting time to be an
engineer especially in this time of worried about
water and drought so we have Professor
Saad Merayyan. Thank you very much
for being here.>>Thank you.>>And students and thank you
both students for taking time out of your studies to join
us on Made at Sac State. Wazma [inaudible] Thank
you for being here and John Rux [assumed
spelling] thanks for joining us. We’re going to start
with Professor.>>Civil engineering program
is one of the departments in the college of
computer engineering and computer science. We prepare our students
for professional practice and we offer courses
both in-depth and breadth in several areas in
civil engineering that includes environmental,
geotechnical, transportation, structure and water resources.>>How much work
do you do related to water and the drought?>>Most of my work is
relevant to the State of California issues
and water resources. We worked on projects with the
Department of Water Resources, Caltrans, flood control board
and areas that is important and the sustainability of
water resources in our state.>>Okay. Wazma you are
a graduate student. Tell us about your work and
your studies here at Sac State.>>I had a great
experience being in engineering studying
at Sac State. I love the Department
of Water Resources. I love the Civil Engineering
Department because the faculty and staff they’re very helpful. They’re really hands
in hands with students.>>John, you are an undergrad.>>Yeah.>>So tell us about your
studies and your work.>>It’s been absolutely
amazing experience with Civil Engineering
Department. The faculty and staff
support the students a lot and I never thought that
teaching would be so direct when it comes to work because
my internship I used the direct knowledge from the classes
every single day actually, applied engineering solutions. The professional organizations
that you get to be a part of are just unbelievable. AACE they do statewide
competitions. A part of ESW which actually
is focusing on water projects for sustainability
here on campus so it’s been a really
great experience.>>What are you doing
in your internship?>>My internship is with
Office of Water Programs right over here across the street here
at Sac State actually as well and they’re an environmental
research group basically and so my studies have
been in conjunction with Sac State actually,
a lot of working on campus at the Stork and working on
different water projects.>>Wazma you’re a grad
student so your studies or your work is a
little bit more advance. What are you working on in relationship
the drought and water?>>Currently I’m actually
working to develop a WEAP Model which is water evaluation
and planning for the north coast [inaudible]
region of California. I will be developing the model to determine the water
demand and usage. For that region I’m
building different scenarios like current scenarios
and future scenarios under climate change to protect
the water demand for commercial, urban and industrial use.>>And Professor how important
is all of this work in relation to the state of California and
water and what’s happening here?>>In the State of
California they use the model that Wazma just described, the
WEAP model for the water plan and that is a four year water
plan and we’re trying to look at the impact of climate
change on the microscale to see if that changed from
the system wide analysis that DWL performs
their water plan.>>Thank you for being
here and thank you for spending some time with us.>>My name is Danielle Laura and I’m a mechanical engineering
major and I’m made at Sac.>>My name is Paul [inaudible]. My major is computer science
with a minor in geography and I am made at Sac State.>>My name is Ghazan Khan. I’m a professor in Civil
Engineering and I teach students who are made at Sac State.>>The moral of the
story is in our website.>>Hi. I’m Robert Nelsen,
President of the university and I’m so proud of
all of my students who are made at Sac State.>>Commencements, what a joy
to be there when thousands of Sac State students transition
from the university to jobs. We leave you now with
scenes from graduation and our fabulous College of Engineering and
Computer Science.>>Professors here at Sac State
especially for the College of Engineering and
Computer Science are absolutely fantastic. Being a Dean’s Award
recipient is probably the best feeling ever. It’s something that you
know, I’ve worked hard for without knowing that this is
something I was going to achieve but having been recognized
for all the hard work and the perseverance it
makes it all worth it and I am working fulltime now
as a transportation engineer. [ Music ]

3 thoughts on “College of Engineering & Computer Science: Made at Sac State – The Video Magazine

  1. Can't w8 to be enroll to Sac State this year of 2016, I'm already accepted, all I hope for is the papers will be in on time

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