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Experience Engineering Initiative

The Jacobs School of Engineering's Experience Engineering Initiative aims to give every engineering and computer science undergraduate student at UC San Diego a hands-on or experiential engineering course or lab each and every year — starting freshman year. These new hands-on classes serve as "spring training" for future internships and full-time jobs.

"Early on, we must give our students many opportunities for "a-ha!" moments — experiences that help students generate the confidence and motivation they need to persevere and succeed in classes, internships and ultimately in engineering careers," said Albert P. Pisano, dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Read more about Experience Engineering in Pulse magazine.

 

Experience Engineering Stories

 

Students Developing Low-Cost Device for Monitoring HIV Levels in Blood Win National Competition

August 4, 2017

Students Developing Low-Cost Device for Monitoring HIV Levels in Blood Win National Competition

A team of UC San Diego students is working to help curb the HIV epidemic by developing a low-cost device for people in low-resource areas to monitor the amount of HIV virus in their bloodstream. They recently took first place in the National Academy of Engineering 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) business plan competition. The team will use the $25,000 in prize money to help them translate their research to the clinic as part of a public benefit corporation they recently created called Worldcare Technologies. Full Story





Engineers harness the power of 3D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times

August 2, 2017

Engineers harness the power of 3D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times

A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to prep on a 3D-printed model of the patient’s hip joint cut by about  25 percent the amount of time needed for surgery when compared to a control group. The team, which includes bioengineers from the University of California San Diego and physicians from Rady Children’s Hospital, detailed their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Children’s OrthopaedicsFull Story





High School Students Get a Taste of Studying Computer Science at UC San Diego

July 14, 2017

High School Students Get a Taste of Studying Computer Science at UC San Diego

Many of the students studying and living on campus this month look decidedly younger than usual for the University of California San Diego, primarily because they are younger. One group of 205 high school students moved into dorms this week to attend the 2017 California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), a month-long residential program that also exists on three other University of California campuses (Davis, Irvine and Santa Cruz).  Full Story





Graduating seniors say hands-on experience defined their time at the Jacobs School

June 29, 2017

Graduating seniors say hands-on experience defined their time at the Jacobs School

At Ring Ceremony 2017 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Ryan Hill, the outgoing president of the Triton Engineering Student Council challenged his peers to change the world. “In my time here, I’ve seen students be the first ones in the world to 3D-print rockets and send them to space. I’ve seen students build their own biofuel reactors, create virtual reality experiences to interact with nanoparticles…There is no magic formula...One day they said, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if I did X’…and didn’t look back.” Full Story





Alert system for seniors who want to stay active takes first place at 2nd annual Design Competition

June 26, 2017

Alert system for seniors who want to stay active takes first place at 2nd annual Design Competition

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, ten interdisciplinary teams from the University of California San Diego Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Cognitive Science Departments presented prototypes of innovative products designed to improve the lives of senior citizens. The UC San Diego undergraduates presented to an audience of  Electrical & Computer Engineering alumni, members of the La Costa Glen senior retirement community and the UC San Diego Retirees Association. Full Story





Robots do some heaving lifting at annual robotics competition

June 19, 2017

Robots do some heaving lifting at annual robotics competition

She was about to drop out of an engineering design class that culminates in a robotics competition. But Shushoma Sravostee’s classmates stepped in to help, offering support and reassurance. On June 13, she and her three teammates won the overall competition, taking home intricate 3D-printed trophies—and bragging rights.  Full Story





Structural Engineering Students Design, Build and Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Wings

June 15, 2017

Structural Engineering Students Design, Build and Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Wings

Structural engineering students got an opportunity to test their skills at creating unmanned aerial vehicle wings out of composite materials as part of a new structural engineering senior design class at UC San Diego. The class, called SE143, includes all three stages of the industrial aircraft wing production cycle—designing, building and testing.As part of a complete revamping of the Jacobs School of Engineering Structural Engineering Department curriculum, undergraduates in the department now have the option to specialize in one of four areas: civil structures, aerospace structures, structural health monitoring, or geotechnical engineering. Previously, all structural engineering seniors took the same senior design class. Now, Hyonny Kim and John Kosmatka, both professors of structural engineering, have come up with the new SE143 senior design class focused on aerospace structures. Full Story





Computer Science Students Demo Real-Time Multiplayer Games of Their Own

June 14, 2017

Computer Science Students Demo Real-Time Multiplayer Games of Their Own

Computer science professor Geoffrey M. Voelker teaches CSE 125 each spring. The course on "Software System Design and Implementation" gave 32 seniors this spring an opportunity to showcase everything they learned in the past four years. The course is a 10-week project to build a large, complex, distributed software system with real-time constraints. But to make it more exciting, the teams of six or seven students spend the quarter building a networked, real-time, 3D multiplayer game (hence the popular reference to CSE 125 as being "the videogame course"). Each final team demonstration doubles as the team members' final exams.  Full Story





Six Times Around the World: UC San Diego Researchers Send a Balloon Around the Globe

June 8, 2017

Six Times Around the World: UC San Diego Researchers Send a Balloon Around the Globe

Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, just above commercial air traffic, a small, hydrogen-filled balloon is reporting on its whereabouts to researchers in a UC San Diego lab who are listening intently. The balloon—called a super pressure balloon—was launched by a group of UC San Diego students and researchers about 100 days ago from campus and is on its sixth lap around the globe. This is the first time a balloon from UC San Diego has made it across the country—let alone the world. The Feb. 12 launch is part of a unique program headed by structural engineering professor John Kosmatka and supported by NASA’s California Space Grant Consortium. Full Story





Seniors Make Final Tweaks to CSE 125 Multiplayer Videogames

June 7, 2017

Seniors Make Final Tweaks to CSE 125 Multiplayer Videogames

It's not often that the final project presentations of an undergraduate computer-science course attracts a standing-room-only audience of students and visitors from across campus. But that's par for the course when professor Geoffrey M. Voelker's CSE 125 course draws to a close each spring quarter.  Full Story





A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

May 25, 2017

A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

The exploration of Martian soils began nearly two decades ago with the successful landing of an automobile-sized, one-ton robot on Mars. Now, students at UC San Diego are working to develop the next generation of Mars rovers.  Full Story





Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow's Virtual (Reality) Economy

May 11, 2017

Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow's Virtual (Reality) Economy

The laboratory looks like a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are virtual-reality headsets everywhere, and large flat screen 3D displays. College students work at computers, while teammates wearing goggles look from side to side, occasionally ducking or recoiling, as they react and engage with the virtual environments visible in their head-mounted displays. Welcome to the Virtual Reality Lab—the first of its kind at an American university.  Full Story