A New Innovation for CSUB

Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, January 10 in the summary of the budget for 2022-23 included $ 83 million for the establishment of the Center for Energy Innovation in Bakersfield.

“It will house engineering and physics programs, as well as the California Center for Energy Research (CERC) …” said the interim dean of the school., Todd McBride.

He also said the building would be a venue for the School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Grants and Advocacy. With the inclusion of several research and training laboratories for faculty and staff.

He explained that he hopes the center will not only become a site of energy research for the South San Joaquin Valley, but will also gain recognition as a national research center for the state of California. The aim of the center is to study environmentally friendly methods of energy use. They are also looking to discover new findings that can help with energy research efforts.

«The Center for Energy Innovation will focus on a wide range of energy issues under the auspices of oil, solar, wind and water, ”said the chairman of the geological department., Anthony Rathburn, wrote in an email.

He said research will also focus on trying to limit or reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the environment, and other topics such as water pollution, energy efficiency, biofuels, etc.

The center will enable students interested in careers in science, technology, economics, business and other potentially researched subjects to gain experience and conducts its own research. Rathburn further writes that the Innovation Center will also allow the community to learn more about the resources they use every day in the Central Valley and other energy-related issues.

According to McBride, the building is planned to be located between the Science III building and the Student Health Service building. He further said that although the location of the building is known, there are still many details and layouts that need to be arranged before the actual construction of the project can begin.

The research center can provide many opportunities for students, staff and the community, however funding for the project is still needed to implement it.

«It is also important to keep in mind that the budget proposed by the governor must first go through the process of legislative approval before it becomes a reality, ”Rathburn wrote.

Fundraising is an ongoing process, and if anyone is interested in donating money to support the Center for Energy Innovation, they can visit the CSUB website at give.csub.edu.

“We’re excited about this project, so we definitely want to share it with everyone,” McBride said with a smile.

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