LABS - Institute for Educational Advancement

LABS advances students’ intellectual curiosity and passion for STEM by exposing them to innovative research conducted by brilliant scientists in the field.

Learning Among Brilliant Scientists (LABS) students gain access to new knowledge and are introduced to the skills needed to be a successful scientific researcher through workshops that include a seminar and hands-on learning experience.


LABS develops the whole child by:

  • Engaging students in a unique educational experience to learn about a brilliant scientist’s current research work.
  • Promoting optimal challenge for students seeking opportunities to further their interests and passions in the STEM field.
  • Building a community of like-minded learners interested in STEM.
LABS Schedule and Application

“LABS provides to engage students early on in unique research topics. I was so impressed by these students’ intuition for science. They expressed a lot of insightful observations about the topic. This is the type of experience I wish I had had as a young student.” LABS Speaker

Upcoming Lectures

Cal State LA is one of the leading institutions in the USA in advancing alternative fuels technology. Located at the intersection of two of the busiest CA highways, 710 and 10, Cal State LA is keenly aware of air quality and climate change issues. The campus of 27,000 students, serving disadvantaged communities in Southern California, boasts its own hydrogen research and fueling facility, level 2 EV charging, DC fast EV charging and solar installation.

The campus currently offers its community a shared mobility option with 10 fuel cell vehicles introducing newest transportation alternative to individual driving. The workshop will offer a tour of the campus alternative fuels infrastructure and a discussion of newest vehicle technology: Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, Hydrogen Super Eagle racer and EcoCAR3 plug-in hybrid police interceptor.


Dr. David Blekhman is a Professor in the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Transportation program in the Department of Technology at Cal State LA. Dr. Blekhman received his B.S.-M.S. in Thermal Physics and Engineering from St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. He was a key faculty inthe construction of the CSULA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility where he iscurrently serving as the Technical Director. Dr. Blekhman has initiated the electrical vehiclecharging program on campus which currently has 19 ports. Bringing emerging green job opportunities to his students, he offers cutting-edge courses such as Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Fuel Cell Technologies, and Advanced Engine Design.




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When: Saturday, August 10, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Duration: 2.5 hours

Where: Cal State LA Hydrogen Station 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032

Cost: $50*

Please note upon registration, a LABS Series team member will be in touch with you via email to confirm and finalize your child’s enrollment in the workshop.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. Price subject to change based on the need for supplies.

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Participants must be:

  • Current 7th-12th grade students
  • Passionate about learning
  • Interested in pursuing an advanced STEM research topic

*You do not need to be a current IEA student to register for LABS. Students from all school districts are welcome.