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Omron gifts $830,00 to upgrade Chico State’s Mechatronics Laboratory

A sign that reads “OMRON COLAB: This classroom & Laboratory made possible through the generous support of Omron Corporation. Dedicated February 10, 2020 California State University, Chico.”

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Chico State’s administration and members from Omron Automation Americas gathered at Plumas Hall to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Omron CoLab on Feb. 10.  The CoLab is a brand new collaborative laboratory for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management ...

Baja Club Stays Low in Plumas

Baja Club students working on their car. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza

October 7, 2019

Every Monday and Wednesday, dozens of students arrive in the parking lot located in Plumas Hall, discussing, experimenting, engineering and getting their hands dirty on the old version of their car for Baja Club. The Baja Club has been working on their cars until as late as four in the morning. They u...

Memorial planned for student

Memorial planned for student

Natalie Hanson

April 9, 2018

Services will be held for student Kyle LaForce this weekend, after his sudden death due to seizure.Kyle Joshua Harte La Force was a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. La Force lived with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and died on March 27 at the age of 20.According to an email sent to all stud...

Construction management professor named outstanding educator

Alan Bond, outside the O’Connell Technology Center. Photo courtesy Sam Palandech, Chico State College of Engineering.

Josh Cozine

February 1, 2018

Earlier this month, Alan Bond, Chico State Professor of Construction Management, received the award for outstanding educator by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.The award was received for work inside the classroom as well as outside, where he helps oversee Chico State's chapter of ...

Focusing on the right majors

Photo credit: David Molina

Jeff Guzman and David Molina

November 11, 2016

The stigma against math extends far beyond the realm of high school nightmares and exams. One in three Americans feels anxiety when faced with solving a math equation, according to a study by the organization Change the Equation. Despite the fear most Americans reported, STEM occupations are growing at 17 pe...

Butte students help create sustainable energy

Butte College overview of solar panels. Photo credit:

Kayla Fitzgerald

April 3, 2016

Butte County is striving to meet 2020 emissions goals with help from a team of college students. The Butte College Math Engineering Science Achievement program, also known as MESA, is a group of students interested in working in the technical field. The MESA program helps connect these students to...

Students find success after graduation

Niels Thomas, president of International Accounting Honors Association said that the accounting program is demanding. Photo credit: George Johnston

February 2, 2016

Various departments at Chico State harbor tools that help create successful graduates. The backbone of the campus is the faculty, student organizations, atmosphere and the diverse avenues in which one can take their degree. Chico State is ranked 76th on Forbes ranking of schools of the West, and 399th on the national list. T...

$130,000 award funds new equipment for physics department

The physics department recently received an update to its technology in the form of lasers and optic systems. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

December 1, 2015

Within the past seven years, lasers and optics systems for the labs in the physics department have been transformed with the aid of several awards. Dr. Anna Petrova-Mayor, associate professor in the physics department, has been awarded $130,000 to update equipment for the lab classes she teaches and is...

Senior Spotlight: Student engineers promising future

Victoria Goernert, a senior civil engineering major (fifth from the right), has participated in the Steel Bridge Competition for the past two years. Photo courtesy of Victoria Goernert.

Nicole Santos

April 12, 2015

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj Khalifa in Dubai caught Victoria Goernert’s eye in an instant. “I’ve always marveled at bridges and large buildings and how they were built,” she said. “I knew from a young age that I would love to do that.” Goernert, a senior civil engineering major, has participated i...

Imagineer Day inspires young students to become engineers

Kailee Delongchamp, a junior civil engineer, teaches the kids how to make a soup bubble. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Joe Silva

March 29, 2015

For six hours on Saturday, local elementary school students blew bubbles, raced cars and built lasers at the third annual Imagineer Day. The event, which was put on by Chico State's Society of Women Engineers, is intended to give kids a taste of what engineering is like and to inspire them to po...

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