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Engineering Week Events Offer Students Insights to Career Opportunities

Alumni to Share Professional Experiences at Feb. 21 'Professor for a Day'
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The College of Engineering and Computer Science is celebrating “ECS Week” Feb. 18-22, featuring a variety of events, such as an entrepreneurship talk and guest lectures by alumni and industry professionals, to give students insights into professional careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. 

During the weeklong event, students can learn firsthand how their CSUF education translates into real-world application in the workforce, said Susan Barua, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Highlights include “Professor for a Day” on Thursday, Feb. 21, with industry partners and CSUF alumni. Professionals will share their personal and work life experiences to help students envision the many career opportunities in their future. Class sessions are from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various college locations.

Alumni participating as guest professors include:

  • Caecilia Gotama ’82, ’85 (B.S., M.S. engineering-mechanical), founder, Gotama Building Engineers
  • Darrell Jodoin ’85 (B.S. engineering-mechanical), director of global development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • William J. Purpura ’76, ’79, ’83 (B.S., M.S. engineering-mechanical, MBA), managing partner, Dargon Development
  • Steven Soria ’00 (B.S. computer science), development manager, IBM

For other events geared for students and more information, visit online.

ECS Week is being held during National Engineers Week to highlight the contributions of engineers and computer scientists to society, and to promote the importance of math, science and technical skills in the workforce.