Continuing to improve its campus, California Baptist University is in the process of building a three-story, 100,000 square-foot building set to be completed in summer 2018.
The new engineering building is one of the many upgrades to the CBU campus which, when finished, will offer students a modern atmosphere to learn in.
In the new building, students will be able to utilize a new study space along with state-of-the-art equipment.
Dr. Anthony Donaldson, founding dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, said he is excited to reestablish the program on campus from where it was previously located across Adams Street. “We call the blue building where we are currently located Ellis Island because of its distance,” Donaldson said. “It allowed us to develop our own culture, but now we can impact other programs on campus as well. Location is crucial.”
Donaldson revealed that there is going to be a 6-foot by 9-foot screen used for a high definition interactive data visualization center, analytics and will showcase a virtual reality feature for students to use.
Despite the cosmetic and technological upgrades being made to the engineering program, students often remark that the faculty is truly what sets CBU apart from other engineering programs.
Steffano Oyanader, senior chemical engineering major, said “the department did a good job at preparing the students to walk out of the program with character and integrity.”
The engineering program infuses its curriculum with a Christian point of view, a personal student-to-teacher relationship, and will soon have a new building equipped with advanced technology, to continue the program’s reputation of excellence.
Keegan Rivera, senior mechanical engineering major, said, “Unfortunately, as a senior, I will not have the opportunity to use the engineering building when it is finally finished. However, it doesn’t make me any less proud of what it stands for. CBU engineering has definitely put itself on the map as a school of excellence and integrity. I am proud to have been a part of it, and thrilled to see where it goes.”