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RDECOM partners with Cal State LA

engineering students

Photo courtesy RDECOM PAO - www.ARMY.MIL: Claudia Pichardo, Cal State LA student; Rene Carrillo, Cal State LA

student; Dr. Keith Moo-Young, Dean for College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State LA.; and

Mr. Gary Martin, RDECOM Executive Deputy to the Commander (l-r) pose outside the structure built by the Cal State LA

students for the Army Strong Zone technology demonstrations.



Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. -- Building a house in just a few days is

something that might be the making of a reality television show rather than a

Civil Engineering project on behalf of the U.S. Army. Thirty civil engineering

students from the California State University in Los Angeles, however, did

just that this winter. They built a structure the Army needed to house its light

sensitive technologies at the All American Bowl’s Army Strong Zone in San

Antonio, and they did it in just nine days.

As members of the Cal State LA chapter of the American Society of Civil

Engineers, the students designed and built a 20 foot by 20 foot structure so that

the Army could showcase its night vision equipment, tactical digital holographic

maps, and its sense through the wall radar imager for the 32,000 people who

attended that high school all-star football game.

The engineering students began this effort just two days after their final exams,

according to Dr. Keith Moo-Young, Dean for College of Engineering, Computer

Science, and Technology at Cal State LA. “When other students have kicked

back to relax, these students took on this project with full vigor with the All

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the complex battlefield

imagery of urban combat

environments where two-

dimensional maps and

photographs cannot adequately

represent a three-dimensional


Lt. Col Bob Hribar from the

Program Executive Office for

Simulations, Training, and

Instrumentation explained that the

holograms provide Soldiers greater

clarity because “the 3-D image

provides a true height that you

never get from a two-d map. He

said a simple light source is all that

is required to illuminate the 3-D

effects, which amounts to “pulling

up” the image from the paper.

The structure and the displays it

housed made an impression on

teenager Henry Mahome of San

Antonio during his visit to the Army

Strong Zone. “That was great. The

map just popped up when I looked

down at it!” “Taking on this task

showed the dedication that our Cal

State L.A. ASCE members have

for their chapter and its success,

“Lopez explained. Their hard work

and perseverance clearly showed a

desire to help the Army and build a

partnership with RDECOM,” Moo-

Young summarized.

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American Bowl just three weeks

away,” he explained.“During the

winter break, ASCE at Cal State

L.A. was hard at work”, said

Lawrence Lopez of the Cal State

chapter. “The Army’s Research

Development and Engineering

Command needed a team able to

construct a small model home that

would have the capability of being

moveable and being assembled in

place in less than a day.”

black,” Carrillo said, “It is light

into the battlefield and penetrate

tight.” Weather added one more

obscurants, day or night. In

addition, the Cal State

project provided a home

for a display of tactical

digital holograms. These

holographic maps are

visualization tools that help

Soldiers better understand

This device enables flight

operations under very low or

starlight light conditions. It also

housed the Thermal Weapon

Sight which enables Soldiers with

individual weapons to see deep

We had to design alternatives,

get one approved, buy all the

materials, and build it in just nine

days,” said Claudia Pichardo, one

of the two Cal State students who

followed the house to the San

Antonio event. Rene Carrillo, the

other ASCE chapter member at

the Army Strong Zone, said, “We

had to make it so that we could

disassemble and reassemble

it wherever the Army needs it

for future showcases. So, that

was a nice challenge.” There

was a second design challenge

because it housed light sensitive

technologies. “Basically, when

you go inside it has to be pitch-

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degree of difficulty to the

project when rain delayed

the project two days. So, it

Building a house in

just a few days is

was December 23 when the

students finished the project

and shipped it to San

Antonio to house the Army

technology exhibits.

The structure housed a

display of the Aviator’s Night

Vision Imaging System, a

helmet-mounted, image-

intensification device.

something that might

be the making of a

reality television show

rather than a civil

engineering project...



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interest and fascination in

Science, Technology, Engineering

and Math (STEM).

Part of a National Science

Foundation (NSF) program,

IMPACT stands for Improving

Minority Partnerships and Access

through Computer/Information


Teaching. It pairs college graduate

students with local K-12 math or

science teachers. Nancy Warter-

Perez, a Cal State L.A. professor

of Electrical and Computer

Engineering, directs IMPACT LA.

The goal of the summer camp,

the culmination of a summer

workshop series, was to prepare

the fellows for the classroom by

having them plan and develop

fun, educational science and

engineering activities.”

The fellow-led activities focused

on slime (the science behind

polymers); extracting DNA from

IMPACT LA nudges children

toward STEM

Cal State L.A. rad students plunge into area schools

as local school children paddle across campus pool

Photo by: Bernard Kane. Jarvis Nguyen navigates the cardboard boat, built by his team, across the pool

first during the IMPACT LA summer camp boat race.

The camp gave the fellows a

By: CSULA Spotlight

Dispatching a soggy, rapidly

absorbing cardboard box-

turned-boat (reinforced with duct

tape) across the Cal State L.A.

swimming pool was actually part

of a dry run for nine Cal State L.A.

students selected as this year’s

group of IMPACT LA Graduate

Teaching Fellows.

The fellows—Jessica Alvarenga,

Sean Caonguyen, Saray Felix,

Tiffany Kwong, Victor Mejia,

Ricardo Sanchez, Danielle

Trathen, Johnson Wang, and Mo

Zhang—organized a two-day

camp for 50 local school children

from the 3rd through 9th grades.

prepare the fellows for

the classroom by having

them plan and develop

fun, educational and

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clearer sense of what to expect

this fall when they

became immersed in

classrooms at area



Fellows, the graduate

students serve as

visiting scientists

and engineers at

Theodore Roosevelt

High School, Marc

and Eva Stern Math

The goal... was to

engineering activities.

strawberries; rockets fueled by

carbon dioxide; Morse code with

self-built telegraphs; projectile

motion with a monster sling shot;

wind-turbine generators; and other

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Transforming Dreams Into Reality

and Science School, Robert

Louis Stevenson Middle School,

and Hollenbeck Middle School,

partnering with the schools’

teachers to foster students’