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November 2009

College Sees Increases in Enrollment, Retention, and Student Performance

Fenn College has seen a drastic increase in enrollment in recent years and predicts this trend to continue. Undergraduate enrollment has particularly skyrocketed due to the efforts of Fenn Academy and industry-sponsored scholarships. Numerous initiatives have also been implemented to retain current students. These combined efforts have not only resulted in more students, but the caliber of students has risen as well. Below are figures that exemplify Fenn’s growth.

  • 8.9% - Increase in undergraduate enrollment from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009.
  • 3.5% - Increase in graduate enrollment from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009.
  • 65% - Increase in new undergraduate fall enrollment from 2004 to 2008.
  • 10% - Increase in retention rate of engineering students – highest among all CSU colleges.
  • 3.55 - Mean grade point average of newly admitted freshmen.

Fenn Academy Pathway to Engineering Summer Camp

Thirty local high school students participated in Fenn Academy's Pathway to Engineering Summer Camp on CSU's campus this July. Funded by the Ohio Board of Regents, the camp enlightened students about engineering careers through hands-on exercises and tours of local facilities including NASA and the Cleveland Clinic. Activities focused on sustainability and renewable energy and included building model fuel cell cars and conducting a home energy audit. The campers will participate in year-round Fenn Academy activities including job shadowing and internships at local engineering firms. To learn more about Fenn Academy, click here.

Fenn College Students Establish CSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders

A perfect example of CSU’s "engaged learning" focus, members of CSU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Belize last spring break where they have made a five-year commitment to an impoverished village. Students will design and install community improvement projects such as new classrooms, hurricane shelters and a water system. EWB welcomes alumni involvement and industry support. More…

Fenn College Alumnus and Student Row 2,000 Miles for Good Cause

Alumnus Tom Kotula and current engineering student Jon Hauserman converted a sailboat into a solar-powered row boat and in August embarked on a 2,000-mile journey from Cleveland to the Florida Keys with stops along the way to work for Habitat for Humanity. The pair was featured on CBS Evening News and can be followed at

Experimental Wind Turbine System Showing Strong Results

Four months into a two-year study and CSU engineering professor Majid Rashidi's experimental "wind amplification turbine system" is already proving to be successful. The first prototype was installed in June and early data shows that the experimental turbines are producing three to four times more energy output than a stand-alone turbine that serves as the control. More…

CSU Professor’s Scientific Study Takes Flight with NASA

The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery recently took six experiments to the International Space Station Freedom’s U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny for low-gravity experiments to be conducted by astronauts aboard, and CSU engineering professor Surendra Tewari is at the forefront of the U.S. scientific experimentation. Dr. Tewari’s research was recently featured in The Plain Dealer. More…

Fenn Research & Development Institute

In his State of the College Address in May 2009, Dean of Engineering Bahman Ghorashi announced the establishment of the Fenn Research & Development Institute. FRDI aims to become a one-stop engineering R&D support entity where Northeast Ohio industry can collaborate with expert faculty and engaged students and utilize CSU’s engineering labs and equipment.

Craig Black Receives 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Fenn College of Engineering congratulates Craig Black who was honored with seven other CSU alumni at the 19th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on June 5th. Craig earned a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and a master's degree in 1976, both in electrical engineering. He currently serves as senior vice president at Eaton Corporation and has been a valuable member of the College's Visiting Committee since 2002.

Dr. Paul Lin Receives Cleveland Engineering Society's Leadership Award

Dr. Paul Lin, Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU's Fenn College of Engineering, received the 2009 Leadership Award from the Cleveland Engineering Society. Dr. Lin's career accomplishments include developing systems for NASA and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, co-founding CSU's Center for Advanced Control Technologies, being named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and authoring many articles. CSU and Fenn College congratulate Dr. Lin on his award.

Grant Funding

CSU engineering faculty members are engaged in a variety of innovative and cutting-edge research projects that have been funded by state and federal grants. Click here for a list of grants received since July 2009.

CSU and CWRU Partner on Research

CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering is partnering with Case Western Reserve University on a projected entitled "Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination: Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership." The National Science Foundation-funded project will examine institutional practices that strengthen the employment of underrepresented groups and the role of academic leaders.

CSU's First Spin-Off Company Gains Industry Traction

As global production springs back into action, industry is looking for ways to eliminate inefficiencies and emerge with leaner, smarter operations. LineStream Technologies, a company formed by CSU electrical engineering professor Zhiqiang Gao and engineering alumnus Jim Dawson, is addressing this need by providing easy-to-use, affordable software solutions that make existing systems perform better without costly overhauls or upgrades. LineStream (formerly known as ADRC Technologies) products are built upon a concept known as "active disturbance rejection control" that cancels disturbances such as friction and vibration before they cause significant problems.

"We've achieved a 10-fold improvement in positioning accuracy in today's commercially available servo drive and motor units. The product provides unrivaled performance and a control loop that can be tuned as easily as changing the volume on your television," said Gao. LineStream's technology was developed from research conducted by Gao and Dawson in CSU's Center for Advanced Control Technology. In 2008, the company secured a $1 million investment from venture capital firm Early Stage Partners to begin testing the technology. LineStream is currently working on two beta projects with Fortune 500 companies to prove these improvements in industrial settings. The company’s growth speaks to the high level of cutting-edge research taking place at Fenn College that addresses industry needs.

New Software Engineering Graduate Course Offered Online

CSU Electrical and Computer Engineering will be offering a new online course named Software Quality Assurance in Spring 2010. Alumni are welcomed and encouraged to enroll in this course that explores the concepts, metrics and models in software quality assurance.

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