CSUN college receives honors from Excelencia Foundation

Leah Arzu

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Cal State Northridge’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been honored by the Excelencia Foundation for efforts to mentor and support students studying engineering and computer sciences through its AIMS2 program.

The AIMS2 also program works to help disadvantaged students succeed in sciences and acts as a pipeline for transfer students from Glendale Community College and College of the Canyons and has helped more than 240 students since its establishment in 2011.

The college was selected by Excelencia in Education as an example of Excelencia in the Baccalaureate category, said Bruce Osorno, CSUN professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“This is an honor for the program and college as a whole,” he said. “It’s brought nationwide exposure.”

Excelencia Foundation’s education program works to accelerate the success of Latinos in higher education.

For the last 10 years, the organization has looked nationwide at the impact different colleges having in mentoring students interested in pursuing a field in engineering or computer science.

“Our college is growing rapidly,” Osorno said. “As a consequence, the number of Latinos enrolling in engineering is growing.”

Osorno, along with Ramesh; Anwar S. Alroomi, CSUN assistant professor of civil engineering and construction management; and Dr. Richard Cortez, Glendale Community College articulation and STEM counselor, were presented the honor by California Congressman Tony Cardenas in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.