CI Connection    
            A publication of CSU Channel Islands 
            Extended  University

            October 2015

        CI Nursing alumnus, MBA candidate
       wins prestigious Trustee Scholarship
Courtesy of CI Communications and Marketing

Registered nurse Gabriel Guillén was thrilled and relieved to learn he is one of the recipients of the CSU Trustees' Award, the CSU system's highest for student achievement.

The married father of four is attending CSU Channel Islands (CI) with plans to graduate in May of 2016 with a Masters in Business Administration.

"This felt like a blessing," said Guillén, 40. "School is getting very expensive and my wife and I have four children, so we're on a tight budget. I contemplated maybe taking one class at a time."

Guillén graduated from CI in 2011 with a Nursing degree and now works full time at St. John's Regional Medical Center as a Community Health Supervisor. He thought pursuing an MBA would help him be a more effective supervisor.  "I'm going for an MBA because I do struggle to balance the budgets in my department," he said. "Or I run into barriers where you have to prove return on investments."

Guillén is one of 23 students in the CSU system selected for the 2015 CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement based on each student's superior academic and personal accomplishments. One student is chosen from each of the CSU campuses. read more

Spring 2016 application deadline fast approaching

November 1: MS Mathematics and MS Computer Science
December 1: MBA, MS Biotechnology, and MS Biotechnology/MBA Dual Degree programs

CI earns national 
sustainability award 

CSU Channel Islands (CI) is now one of only three CSU campuses to have been named a STARS Gold Institution by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
STARS, which stands for Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, has four levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
CI was one of the charter participating campuses in STARS when it received its first rating, Silver, in 2011. The ratings are valid for three years so this is the second rating for CI.
The only other CSU campuses with a Gold rating are CSU Chico and Cal Poly Pomona.
"Our Facilities Services department has really been a leader in terms of water and energy conservation," said CI Associate Provost Dan Wakelee, Ph.D. "We have academic programs conducting research related to sustainability.  CI has a host of faculty and student sustainability projects, many of which were showcased at our SAGE Student Research Conference in May." read more

Abstract: Mobile robots are becoming an increasingly vital technology because of their potential to independently perform tasks that are either too dull, dangerous, or difficult for human operators. While some robotic platforms can utilize simple decision rules to achieve certain tasks autonomously, there are situations that require more complex decision-making and motion planning techniques for a given robot or team of robots to achieve their goals. One such situation is that of using small, fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform vision-based target tracking, which entails that one or more camera-equipped UAVs are responsible for gathering the best (least uncertain) vision-based measurements of a moving ground vehicle. We first address the situation in which one UAV is subject to sensor visibility constraints due to a mechanical limitation in the pan-tilt gimbal mechanism, and secondly we consider a scenario involving two UAVs that do not have visibility constraints but must coordinate their efforts to gather the best joint measurements. The difficulty of the problem is compounded by the uncertainty in the aircraft model, the unpredictable nature of the target, and the motion constraints of the fixed-wing aircraft. To address both situations, we utilize an optimal control technique known as dynamic programming, which is an algorithm that can generate decision rules offline for these problems of decision-making under
uncertainty. The power and practicality of the approach is demonstrated through results from live flight
experiments and stochastic simulations.

Graduate Programs

MBA at Thousand Oaks
Thursday, November 10, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus

MBA at Santa Barbara
Thursday, November 17, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Goleta Campus
5383 Hollister Ave. Suite 220

MS-Biotechnology/MBA Dual Degree
Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus

MS Mathematics
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 - 7:45 pm
Camarillo Campus, Del Norte #1530

MS Computer Science
Friday, November 20, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Camarillo Campus, El Dorado Hall #108

Undergraduate Programs

BA Psychology
Tuesday, November 17 5:00 - 6:00pm
Goleta Campus
5383 Hollister Ave. Suite 220

Wednesday, November 18 4:30 - 5:30pm
SBCC Stadium Press Box 1

BS Business 
Tuesday, November 17 5:00 - 6:00pm
Goleta Campus
5383 Hollister Ave. Suite 220

Wednesday, November 18 4:30 - 5:30pm
SBCC Stadium Press Box 1

BS Business-to-MBA 
Tuesday, November 17 5:00 - 6:00pm
Goleta Campus
5383 Hollister Ave. Suite 220

Wednesday, November 18 4:30 - 5:30pm
SBCC Stadium Press Box 1


Santa Barbara and Goleta programs
Melissa Whitacre 
(805) 312-6367 

Thousand Oaks and 
Camarillo Campus programs
Andrew Conley  
(805) 497-3921 

Jeff Ziskin, Editor - CSU Channel Islands Extended University