STEER Summer Program

Cal State LA Co-PIs: Drs. H. Boussalis, J. Beyon, J. Dong, C. Liu, & Prof. Rad

        The STEER Program is a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Exploration (NASA). The program's goal is to support the active involvement of K-12 teachers and community college faculty in engineering research with the purpose of transferring new knowledge to classroom activities, thus increasing student interest in engineering and technology.

        The Southern California STEER and RET Sites for the Summer 2003 Program are located California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), Loyola-Marymount University (LMU), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Howard College. The STEER program at Cal State LA, has several laboratories in which the teachers could participant in research projects.  The program gives teachers an opportunity to work on cutting edge research projects using state-of-the-art software, such as LabVIEW 7.0 (to develop virtual instruments),  MatLab (to develop neural networks), 3-D Max Studio,  and Open GL ( for animation).

DSP Laboratory

Mentored by Dr. Jeffrey Y. Beyon

        In the Digital Signal Processing Laboratory, teachers were able to learn LabVIEW 7.0 in order to produce programs that acted in the same manner as physical instruments.  This program enabled the user to construct virtual instruments to be tested before they are physically built.  The final project consisted of the construction of a Virtual Equalizer that could be utilized in the classroom for various functions related to Math and Science.