Visual artists and engineers working shoulder to shoulder on projects that connect theory with practice. That's just part of what's exciting about the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio. It's an experiential teaching facility where both engineering and visual arts students are empowered to think, design, make, tinker, break and build again.
"Our engineering and visual arts faculty are creating fantastic hands-on courses that take advantage of the maker studio's powerful mix of design and prototyping facilities," said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering. "We are giving students new opportunities to gain the confidence and motivation they will need to succeed in classes, internships, faculty research projects and ultimately their careers."
The maker studio opened to students in January 2016 with more than 25 sections of four different hands-on laboratory classes. Multiple sections of four more classes are scheduled for Spring 2016, two from the Jacobs School of Engineering and two from Visual Arts.
"The spirit of collaboration and innovation, plus the skills that students gain through these unique courses are transferable to their careers well beyond their university years," said Della Coletta, Dean of the UC San Diego Division of Arts & Humanities. "The cutting-edge curriculum aligns with our division's intellectual priorities and the intersection of perspective, skills, tools, creativity and rigorous interdisciplinary research supported by the university."
Structural & Materials Engineering (SME) Building
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EnVision Maker Studio Faculty Director
Delson serves as a resource for UC San Diego faculty who are creating experiential courses for the EnVision Maker Studio. For more than 16 years, Delson has been educating mechanical engineers at UC San Diego through project-based learning in laboratory settings that combine thinking and making, including MAE 3 for freshman and the capstone course MAE 156B. Delson has taught students how to learn to construct everything from robots to clocks, to medical devices. He is also engaged in programs and initiatives that encourage students to bring their ideas and inventions to market. After his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at UC San Diego, Delson earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at MIT.
EnVision Maker Studio Staff Director
DeWald is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur. As director of the maker studio, he helps develop educational projects, works directly with faculty and teaching assistants, and empowers students to use the studio to the fullest extent possible. Before joining UC San Diego in 2015, DeWald helped design and implement a fast-growing, NSF-funded engineering education program for high school students in Texas. DeWald has more than seven years of industry work experience in research and development, large-scale manufacturing and product design. DeWald earned his mechanical engineer degree at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.