In Memory of
Faculty James E. Ettaro
James E. Ettaro,
42, associate professor of technology at California State University,
Los Angeles, passed away Thursday, November 3.
by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as 2004 Outstanding Faculty
Advisor of the Year, Dr. Ettaro was the faculty advisor and guiding
force for Cal State L.A.'s award-winning
Super Eagle team. The
Super Eagle is a student
built, fuel-efficient vehicle that placed first in the nation at the
2004 SAE international Supermileage(r) competition, achieving 1,615 mpg.
faculty member since 1997, Ettaro taught courses on power, energy and
transportation and coordinated the University's Power, Energy, and
Transportation Program. He had done extensive research on the study of
alternative energy sources, alternative engines, fuels and vehicles. He
was also the faculty advisor for the student chapters of SAE and NAIT
(National Association of Industrial Technology). CSULA's
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology presented the
Technology Professor of the Year Award to Ettaro in 2002, 2001, 2000 and
a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Fluid Power Society,
Society of Manufacturing Engineers, National Association of Industrial
Technology, Epsilon Pi Tau (Industrial Education and Technology Honorary
Society), American Hydrogen Association, and California Industrial
Technical Education Association.
by his peers as a "wonderful human being," Ettaro will be deeply missed
by the campus community. Ettaro, who resided in Alhambra,
is survived by his wife, Jacinta ("Jay"); their expected daughter; and
his parents, Donna Jean and James L. Ettaro of Santa Rosa, California.
"His campus friends and colleagues will always remember his good-natured
personality and his dedication to teaching students how to succeed in
applying their academic learning to society's needs," said Kuei-wu Tsai,
dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.
The College will coordinate a campus memorial dedicated to Ettaro's life
on a later date.
Santa Barbara on September 7, 1963, Ettaro received a
bachelor's degree in industrial
arts and technology at Humboldt State University in 1989, an M.S.
in industrial technology from CSU Fresno in 1994, and a Ph.D. in
industrial education and technology from Iowa State University in 1997.