April 20, 2024
Over the summer, the new Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building brought California Baptist University modern technology marvels few other universities have. Not only will the new classroom and engineering technologies benefit current students but they will draw potential students as well as businesses that went to work with this cutting-edge technology. Most of CBU’s classrooms are now equipped with wireless sharing. This eliminates the common problem of the professor not having the right plug-in for a presentation and allow students to quickly and easily share what they are working on with each other in class. Another upgrade in many of the classrooms is new 4K laser projectors. This will enable higher quality presentations and record all lectures. With this feature, students can now watch a lecture again. In the future, there is also potential to stream experts into a classroom or have two-way interactions over this system. Additionally, the equipment in most of the classrooms are now identical and uniform from room to room across campus. However, this barely scratches the surface of CBU’s new technology. CBU’s engineers will use one of the most advanced printers in the world. The M1 Carbon eliminates many of the issues that face the average 3D printer. The M1 can print 25 to 100 times faster than its competition. Unlike other technologies, it can print components that are strong enough to be used in manufacturing and print with a wider range of materials. Not only is the M1 a more advanced device, it will also be a huge draw for international engineering students because this printer is only available in the United States. “The fact that I get to work with one of the most sophisticated 3-D printers of any American college makes me proud to be a Lancer,” said Raymond Curran, sophomore civil engineering major. This device is not the only piece of new technology engineers will utilize. The Engineering Building also features a High Definition data lab. In this lab, there is a six-by nine-foot touchscreen moniter made up of smaller separate monitors. It can either be one large screen or each smaller screen can display something different. Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, said the HDD lab is the hub and controller of all digital content for engineering students and the new building. “We can pull in content from anywhere in the building, and push it. This is like the nerve center (of the Engineering Building),” Donaldson said. The main screen is accomplished by smaller dual monitor computers for students to work on different projects. This is only a brief look at some of the new technology CBU is employing. The School of Engineering, as Donaldson said, is quickly becoming a technological trendsetter in the academic community.

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