DIVERSITY INCLUSION LEADERSHIP CREATIVITY COMMUNITY INNOVATION EXCELLENCE COLLABORATION
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Welcome Week 2017
Pathways to Power
Jack Wolf/ ABLE Program
Student Diversty Orgs
Professional Evening with Industry
Faculty Advisory Board
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Welcome Week 2017 The IDEA Center welcomed 1,239 new undergraduate and 1,152 graduate engineering students in Fall 2017 through various events including the Jacobs School Open House and Engineering Community Welcome.
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Engineering & Leadership Summit
The IDEA Center partnered with Envision Maker Studio, Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, and the Team Internship Program to develop a 3-day leadership development pilot program that would be an intense infusion of leadership skills and fundamental design principles directed at supporting the success of the Jacobs School students on and off campus. On September 25th-27th, 2018, thirty-six student leaders representing 19 engineering student organizations participated in a three-day leadership summit that included topics in team formation and values; reverse engineering projects; communication; and project, people and event management. Participants ranked the “opportunity to connect with other student organizations” and the “opportunity to connect individually with other student leaders” as having the highest value to them.
“The creating of ‘psychological safety’ has always been important to me and I will be implementing some of the pratices we detailed here into my teams”
“My favorite part or aspect of the summit was the networking and meeting so many leaders “
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Student Diversity Orgs SHPE The UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers took 20 people to the SHPE National Conference and were awarded the most Outstanding Leadership Development Award at the National Level on November 2-5, 2017.
SWE The WE17 conference brought women from all over the country together to support and celebrate women in engineering. Through networking, a career fair, site tours, and leadership talks, six women from the UC San Diego chapter of Society of Women Engineers gained valuable support and advice from industry.
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WIC Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the worldâ€™s largest gathering of women technologists. More than 40 WIC members from the UC San Diego chapter attended GHC 2017, which was held in Orlando, Florida. 22 of WIC's 40 attendees received scholarships from WIC. This was the largest conference to date, with 18,000 people attending from around the world. Beginner's Programming Competition (BPC) Every quarter, the organization holds a beginnerâ€™s programming competition restricted to students who have yet to take upper division classes. The questions are designed to be fun and engaging. The event provides the opportunity to practice coding and problem-solving skills. The top 10 teams received prizes ranging from an Xbox to gift cards.
oSTEM In its inaugural year, the oSTEM Chapter at UC San Diego sent five of its officers and members to the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) National Conference held in Chicago, IL on November 16-19, 2017. Financial support from the Jacobs School of Engineering, Division of Biological Sciences, and Division of Physical Sciences, as well as gifts from Northrop Grumman and Boeing allowed our students to participate in this conference and bring back ideas to better serve the LGBTQ students in the STEM community at UC San Diego. Special thanks to Professor Arun Kumar from the Computer Science and Engineering Department and Professor Daniel Rogalski from Mathematics Department for accompanying our student delegation to the conference.
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SD Hacks Presented By Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC)
Highlights: • $34,950 awarded in prizes • 97 projects submitted • Over 1,000 attendees • The winning team, “Bubble Wrapped Ice Box 3000,” designed a refrigerator that can track what you have inside your refrigerator • Other projects included an app that lets you track your subscriptions to entertainment services like Netflix and split the cost with your friends, an app that digitizes written flashcards, and a service that allows professors to digitally send their syllabi to students.
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P rofessional E vening with I ndustry The 9th annual Professional Evening with Industry event, held on October 30th, 2017, was our largest to date, with 29 sponsors! Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors, IBM and Northrop Grumman. This year, the UC San Diego chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE), were joined by Women in Computing (WIC), and Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) in coordinating this event. Company sponsors met with 400 of the next generation of talented, diverse UC San Diego engineers during dinner and the career fair that followed. The sponsorship funds will be distributed equally among NSBE, SHPE, SWE, WIC and oSTEM, and will directly benefit their efforts towards community outreach, conferences, leadership and professional development, and other opportunities to prepare their members to become successful engineers and leaders in tomorrowâ€™s engineering field.
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This year’s Transfer Engineering Academic Mentorship (TEAM) program got off to a great start, with participation in the program growing by 40%. The TEAM program currently has 33 continuing transfer students providing guidance and mentorship to 71 new transfer students that started in the Jacobs School of Engineering this year. Throughout the quarter, the program hosted a number of activities for participants, including a dinner with faculty and internship workshop. TEAM has many more exciting events planned for winter quarter.
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TEAM The Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program (JUMP) has grown to become the IDEA Center’s largest program, with over 600 total participants – almost twice as many as last year. During the fall quarter, JUMP hosted a series of successful workshops and social events, offering graduate mentors and their undergraduate mentees opportunities to socialize, learn from each other, and engage with the Jacobs School’s alumni community. As the academic year continues, JUMP’s graduate mentors will continue to meet individually with their mentees and act as valuable resources as their mentees prepare for careers in industry or graduate school.
Jack Wolf Scholarship Recipients The Jack Wolf Endowed Scholarship provides annual scholarship support of up to five years for the top outstanding incoming undergraduates majoring in electrical and computer engineering who show the potential to excel.
I am incredibly appreciative of the donors' contribution to my education. It is one thing for your friends and family to support you, but receiving the scholarship was so uplifting, because it meant that strangers recognized my potential in engineering and want to support me in my academic journey.
-Destiny Alvarado, Electrical Engineering
It is privilege to be recognized for my hard work and dedication. I am proud to be a Wolf Scholar and proud to be from UCSD.
-Jose Jimenez Olivas, Computer Engineering
ABLE Program The Anita Borg Leadership and Engagement (ABLE) program was created by the San Diego Supercomputer Center jointly with the UC San Diego chapters of SWE and WIC. The program looks to promote interest and retain student involvement in computer science and engineering at the high school level. Focused on young women, the program provides long-term college mentorship and activities to spark interest in the STEM fields.
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A cademic C ommunit y E ngineering S uccess
The Academic Community for Engineering Success (ACES) is a program, funded by a National Science Foundation award, aimed at fostering academic excellence in highly motivated engineering students from economically and educationally under-served backgrounds. Twenty-two freshman engineering students are part of the inaugural cohort of ACES Scholars.
During Fall quarter, the ACES Scholars were matched with faculty who will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the two-year program. ACES Scholars were also paired with older engineering students who serve as peer mentors as ACES students navigate their first year. During weekly community discussions ACES students strengthened their study and time management skills.
From 2017's cohort:
45% +70% +50% are women
receive Pell grants
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are first-generation college students
T he J acobs G raduate S tudent C ouncil
The Jacobs Graduate Student Council (JGSC) spent the fall quarter expanding and enhancing the suite of programs it offers to the graduate student community in the Jacobs School. JGSC has started a new bi-weekly presentation series that offers graduate students an opportunity to present their research to their peers. The series provides students from different disciplines a forum to network and collaborate with each other over lunch. The presentation series compliments existing IDEA Center programming like the Graduate and Scholarly Talks, which encourage collaboration between students from different departments in the Jacobs School. This new program is off to a great start, and has already generated ideas for exciting research collaborations between Jacobs graduate students.
JGSC has also started a conversation series that connects alumni and industry representatives with current graduate students. During the fall quarter, JGSC hosted seven visiting professionals at locations both on and off campus for conversations with groups of five to seven students over coffee. JGSC designed this conversation series to compliment more traditional networking events like career fairs by giving graduate students a venue to build relationships with engineers working in industry in a more personal and direct setting. In addition to continuing its previous programs like the Welcome Back Barbecue and other social events, JGSC plans to continue expanding its suite of professionalization programming throughout the rest of the academic year. Set to introduce many more programs during the winter and spring quarters, JGSC is off to a great start.
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elcome to our new
faculty advisory board members
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PEDRO CABRALES ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR BIOENGINEERING
Christine Alvarado ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Tajana Rosing PROFESSOR COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Farinaz Koushanfar PROFESSOR ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Jorge Cortes PROFESSOR MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
Oscar Vazquez ASSISTANT PROFESSOR NANOENGINEERING
Veronica Eliasson ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Lelli Van Den Einde ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Shadi Dayeh ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Eugene Pawlak PROFESSOR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Ebonee Williams STAFF GORDON CENTER
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Read about all the Fall 2017 student and professional developments at the IDEA Engineering Student Center!