• August 30, 2016

CBU Faculty and Students Shine At Riverside?S Long Night of Arts Innovation

Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2015) -- California Baptist University faculty and students showcased some of their innovative work at the Long Night of Arts & Innovation in downtown Riverside on Oct. 8.

The event stretched over several blocks, allowing event-goers an opportunity to browse through the latest developments in arts, science and education.

CBU's Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering presented several exhibits, including a high-speed camera, the electronic design of the Pong video game, a NAO robot and a 3-D printing device.

A team of students programmed movements for the NAO robot by utilizing coding software. They operated a pair of robots programmed to perform gestures and movements, including waving and push-ups.

"We use a program called Choregraphe and then drag and drop the movements together to make a sequence [with the robot]," said David Guiza, freshman biomedical engineer. "After that we plugged it into the robot…the robot does what we tell it to do."

At another display, CBU engineering students demonstrated 3-D printing. Joshua Park, a sophomore biomedical engineer, said he wanted to create images that would be popular enough so that individuals would know what they were.

Among printed items were a 3-D image of Riverside's historic Fox Performing Arts Center, a nostalgic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System controller and wrenches with CBU logos printed on them.

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim, associate professor of bioengineering, presented a display about balance in the human body.

"Parents were aware that we came from the CBU College of Engineering," he said. "Hopefully they can get impressions about the fun part of engineering."

CBU School of Nursing students demonstrated how to use a stethoscope. Their booth included a life-like doll that breathed and blinked its eyes. While using the doll, attendees could listen to the heartbeat through a plastic stethoscope handed out as individuals approached the table.

A presentation by Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, civil engineering chair, featured a sensor network used on structures to measure seismic forces during earthquakes. Bai said the Long Night event provided "a really great opportunity" to highlight CBU's involvement in the activity and in the greater Riverside community.

"I think for us as faculty members to communicate with other people in Riverside is important. We can expose our projects to students, peers from other universities and educate small kids," Bai said.