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Distinguished Alum, Entrepreneur, and CEO Norman Tu

In 1982, a motivational seminar inspired Norman Tu to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. Today, his company employs over 350 people and has facilities in several states.

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Passion Leads Chico Native to Find Path in Computer Science

A love of coding and her hometown led Olivia Johnson to pursue her degree at Chico State. "I have finally found my path..." she said.

An up-close portrait of Pratik Mehta.

Solving Grassroots Medical Issues With AI

Alumnus Pratik Mehta, head of artificial intelligence at CloudMedx, is constantly asking what will meaningfully impact as many lives as possible.

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Celebrating the Class of 2023 (Photos + Video)

We revisit the magic of the 2023 Commencement through photos.

Melania Raygoza looks at the flow test stand she and her group created

Engineering Success: Students Solve Real-World Problems

From self-cleaning pool robots to a self-stabilizing spoon for Parkinson’s patients, engineering students demonstrate their ingenuity at the ECC Senior Design Capstone Project Expo.

Irene Duran poses in high visibility safety gear and a hard hat on Iselin Dock in Woods Hole.

From Northern California to Ocean Engineer

Gridley native Irene Duran (Mechatronic Engineering, '20), moved to Cape Cod after graduating with one mission: an engineering job.

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5 Questions with Construction Management Executive and Alumnus Dan Wheeler

As an executive at Turner Construction, Dan Wheeler has put up new buildings on campus, recruited more than 100 Chico State grads, and mentored countless more. This month, he will be honored as the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of ECC.

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Twelve Students Awarded Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarships

The award—one of the largest and most prestigious at Chico State—celebrates scholarship, extracurricular activities, and outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.

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Office Hours: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Professor Hadil Mustafa

Leading by example, professor Hadil Mustafa shows young girls and women that engineering isn't "just for boys."

Angelica Rodriguez collects water samples along a stream in the mountains.

Multimillion-Dollar Grants Ensure Hands-On Research Continues for STEM Students

Chico State was awarded a pair of multimillion dollar grants, ensuring that STEM students in three different colleges will be able to continue receiving hands-on research opportunities with faculty.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Computer Science Professor Emeritus Bill Lane

Described as a pioneer in undergraduate education and a dedicated mentor to students, Bill Lane established the first computer science degree program in the California State University system.

A student tests concrete in a lab on campus.

Concrete Graduates Have Strong Hold on Job Market

With unique degrees in concrete industry management, Wildcats experience career success straight out of college.

New Dean Named for College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

Provost Debra Larson announces Blake Wentz will be the new dean for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

Three industrial robots are lined up inside a room.

Tech Company Omron Gifts $830,000 and Robotics to Transform CSU, Chico’s Mechatronics Laboratory

A generous gift from global technology giant Omron has upgraded Chico State’s mechatronics laboratory, making it one of the most advanced labs of its kind in the nation.

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Cybersecurity Students Achieve No. 1 National Ranking

The Chico State Usr0 Club has finished in the top 10 at the National Cyber League Team Competition five years in a row.

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Worth Sharing: Livestock Judging Team Enjoys Best Finish Ever

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

The gonfalon for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management stands near hundreds of soon-to-be graduates

Two National Science Foundation Grants Provide Funding for Research Equipment at CSU, Chico

Chico State received a pair of National Science Foundation Research Instrumentation grants, totaling more than $322,000 to go toward the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management.

Tim O'Shea sprays water on a cylinder of concrete over a metal grate in the concrete lab.

Engineering Student Finds His Footing

From guiding his construction team to a national first-place finish to rebuilding a historic children's playground, double major Tim O'Shea left his mark at Chico State.

Two students work on complicated engineering problems.

Construction Management Students Take Top Honors

Students earned trophies in three categories at a regional competition.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Construction Management Student Brandon Laster

Whether working on the family ranch or with his classmates in a construction management class, Brandon Laster always knew how to put people at ease and make friends.

Chico State appears on multiple lists in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Colleges Rankings. Among them, Chico State was ranked No. 9 in the Top Public Schools in the West, the 20th consecutive year the University has appeared on that list.

Top 10 Again: U.S. News & World Report Ranks CSU, Chico as a Top-10 Ranked Public School in the West

Even after 20 years, being recognized as a top public higher education institution is still rewarding and gratifying.

Sony Thao, a junior in Chico State's Concrete Industry Management Program, has been honored with the CSU Trustee's Award for Outstanding Achievement, a system-wide recognition award given annually to students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need.

CSU, Chico Student Sony Thao Recognized With CSU Trustees’ Award

There are many sides to Sony Thao. The concrete industry management major was honored with a 2018 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Engineering students frame up a section of the Caper Acres playground.

Students Restore Spirit of Caper Acres

A team of interdisciplinary students devoted nine months and 2,744 volunteer hours to rehabilitate Caper Acres, an iconic children's playground in Chico. Watch the video.

Jason Alhumaidi stands in front of a sculpture of steel in front of Langdon Hall.

Creating Community Brings Comfort to International Student

Civil engineering major Jasem Alhumaidi moved half a world away from home when he came to Chico from Kuwait four years ago but he found comfort in creating his own community here through campus clubs.

Samia Yaqub smiles in her office at Buttee College.

Distinguished Alumni Share Words of Wisdom

2018 Distinguished Alumni share their advice for graduating seniors and young alums.

Six members of the California State University, Chico faculty were recently honored with the 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Awards, chosen by the University’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee. Joe Bond, from the Department of Construction Management, was named Outstanding Lecturer.

CSU, Chico Announces 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients

Six faculty members were recently honored with the 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Awards, chosen by the University’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee.

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Desiree Makowski Poised to Make Her Mark on Video Game Industry

Dedicated faculty support first-generation student in conquering her self-doubt.