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Shaping the Learninig Experience

In spring 2017, a team of Cal State Fullerton computer science students developed TitanPark, an app that offers real-time parking updates for commuters driving into campus. The app was the students' entry in the GE/California State University (CSU) Innovation Design Challenge, where teams from CSUF and six other CSU campuses created state-of-the-art projects for the Industrial Internet built on GE's Predix software platform. The College of Engineering and Computer Science and GE Digital partnered for a second year to offer the competition. GE Digital also awarded CSUF $450,000 in funding over three years to support the design challenge. As they develop their projects, students receive online training on the Predix platform, as well as feedback from GE engineers.

GE Digital is one of a growing number of partners lending their support to project-based learning experiences in this college. Such partnerships allow students to create solutions to real-world challenges facing local companies. In addition, industry partners offer invaluable mentorship to students and have access to a recruitment pipeline of talented future hires.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science's Corporate Partners Program creates opportunities for the development of professional-practice industry projects, sponsored by a company through an educational grant. Projects such as the GE/CSU Innovation Design Challenge open doors for immersive, hands-on learning experiences.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' Undergraduate Research Gift Challenge, now in its second year, seeks to raise $100,000 for opportunities for students to engage in scientific inquiry. Physics alumnus Dan Black '67 and his wife, Kathy, launched the original challenge in 2015-16 with $50,000, which was matched through gifts from other University donors.

Such investments help prepare Cal State Fullerton students for the challenges of advanced scientific study and shape workforceready scientists, mathematicians and other professionals.

To find out more about the ECS Corporate Partners Program or the NSM Undergraduate Gift Challenge, contact Michael Karg, senior director of development of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at 657-278-3348 or mkarg@fullerton.edu.