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The Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program is a community of engineering students (both undergraduate and graduate) and alumni, who provide support, advice, guidance, and experience to all members.

Benefits of Participating in JUMP:
  • Ease the transition from high school or community college to UCSD, or from undergrad to graduate school
  • Mentorship and positive role models at multiple levels: from peers, graduate students, and alumni
  • Networking and guidance from engineering professionals and alumni
  • Professional and career development through interaction with post docs and faculty
  • Be part of a community!
Unique Mentoring Structure:
  • Ladder/Pyramid structure within fields of study
  • Underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) are paired with upperclassmen (junior or senior), who are then matched with a graduate student, forming a "mentor group"
Your Commitment:
  • Attend one out of three large group meetings per quarter: in addition to the opportunity to interact with other mentors and mentees, each meeting has a theme, which may include networking with alumni, faculty interaction, or getting involved in research
  • Meet casually with your mentor group regularly
  • Prompt response and communication with your mentoring group
  • Attendance at any events you RSVP to, such as company tours, reception with alumni

All applications are closed for the 2018-19 school year. They will OPEN in late August.

Brandon Hernandez-Pacheco, Bioengineering

Brandon Hernandez-Pacheco

I was born and raised in Guatemala where I found my passion for understanding what cannot be seen by the naked eye. I am a rising third year Bioengineering: BioTechnology major from Sixth College who is passionate about learning new things, growing personally, and reading meaningful stories. I am all about self awareness so I do not do anything unless I am personally connected to it in one way or another. That being said, I have been involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), served as a Resident Assistant, and am currently serving as a JUMP Coordinator. My advice for students would be to do things that feel right, no matter how stressful it may get, that drive and interest you have for it will push you forward: believe that your passion is true and it will do its thing. As I past member of JUMP I have enjoyed the relationships that have come from it. It really does help how enjoyable the rest of the events are if you are also looking forward to seeing other fellow JUMPers.

Jason Zhang, Bioengineering

Jason Zhang

Jason Zhang is a 5th year bioengineering PhD student and has been with JUMP for his entire time at UCSD. Originally from Virginia, he went to Berkeley as a bioengineering major for undergrad. After a short stint at a biotech startup, he moved onto do a PhD at UCSD studying cellular signaling pathways, which are the targets of 80% of the current drugs on the market. While at UCSD, he enjoys mentoring undergrads in lab, teaches at a local community college, and organizes various events for JUMP and bioengineering grad organizations. His main role in JUMP is to focus on the big-picture priorities of JUMP such as structuring the mentor-mentee groups, designing events, and receiving feedback from members. His advice to students is to keep an organized schedule and try your best to get things done while you remember it. His favorite part of JUMP is the peer-to-peer interactions, learning that grad students are fun people as well!

Yoon Choi, Chemical Engineering

Yoon Choi

Yoon is a third year undergraduate student studying chemical engineering. She joined JUMP as an undergrad mentee in her first year and enjoyed getting to know other mentees and her mentor. In her second year, she decided to become part of the JUMP coordinating team in order to improve JUMP for everyone involved by collaborating with other coordinators in planning and discussing events and logistics. Her advice for incoming students is that they should strive to be proactive in seizing various ways, such as actively visiting a professor or a teaching assistant's office hours. Her favorite part of JUMP is when graduate and undergraduate students work collaboratively as a team to accomplish goals during the JUMP socials.

April Xiaonan Xing, Bioengineering

April Xiaonan Xing

April is a recent UCSD and JUMP Alumni. She graduated with degrees in Bioengineering, Physiology and Neuroscience. April is the Alumni and Presentations Coordinator. She connects JSOE students with alumni and industry. She arranges presentations including the alumni events, skills workshops and much more. She also enjoys Kpop and in her free time attends concerts.

Alborz Jelvani, Bioengineering

April Xiaonan Xing

Alborz is a Bioengineering PhD candidate and his focus is on Orthopedic Biomechanics. His previous experiences are in Bioreactor design, neuroscience and rec blood cell substitutes. He is also one of the Graduate Coordinators for JUMP. He co-leads efforts to manage the mentor applications, matches, trainings and events. Alborz plans to have a future in both academia and industry. Alborz loves hiking, travelling, and exploring ethnic food.

Nasim Esragh Nia, Bioengineering

April Xiaonan Xing

Nasim is a Bioengineering PhD Candidate with a focus on Bio-transport and biomechanics. She had prior experience in Bioreactor design and drug delivery. Her future plans are to pursue a career in industry, law. Nasim loves helping students and he specialty is: resume review, research advice and providing graduate school tips for a successful application. Nasim loves traveling and is a big foodie.

*2019 Mentor Bios Coming Soon!

We are seeking participation from Jacobs School Alumni in our quarterly Alumni Night events, which provide our current undergraduate and graduate engineering students the opportunity to receive networking and professional guidance from engineering professionals and alumni.

Time commitment is limited to attending a 2-hour event in the evening, and invitations are sent out once a quarter - you can choose to attend only the events that work with your schedule. At each Alumni Night event, there will be a topic of discussion, for example, how to prepare for an interview, resume critique, etc.

Here are our Alumni Night dates for the 2016-2017 academic year (all events start at 6pm):
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

If you're interested in being included in our invite list for future JUMP Alumni Night events, please provide us with your information.


JUMP provides a great networking opportunity and direct interaction with Alumni. In the events during last Academic year, several events were held with a few alumni participating. I would like to encourage students to take this opportunity serious and attend with a purpose, come prepared with their CV and a list of questions.
- Raheleh Dilmaghani, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 2010, President of UCSD ECE Alumni

As a supporter and Jacobs School alum, it is impressive to see the students within JUMP take a proactive approach on participating in the various educational and pre-professional opportunities that are available to them. The JUMP participants are willing individuals with ambitious goals -- the lively conversations I've had with them clearly show that they have the motivation and potential to succeed through college and beyond!
- Justin Wong, B.S. Computer Science 2011, IT QA Test Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric

Sam Knight here, an honorary Jacobs School of Engineering alumnus – honorary because JSOE was but a glint in UCSD’s eye when I was an engineering student in the 70’s. I was fortunate to have been invited to participate in JUMP events from its founding, participating as an industry panelist or as an alumni “conversationalist” joining a table of students. Every event has been fun, rewarding, and a valuable as the conversations open the students’ eyes, “That’s what it’s really like out there in the business world?!” as well as my own, “You’re a freshman and you’re doing that?!” It is a delight to share experiences, answer questions, and the enthusiasm of the finest students on the planet. Oh, too, the food is always good, not merely the company.
- Sam Knight, B.A. Applied Physics and Information Science 1973, VP Customer Relations, LocationSmart

There is an old saying: “We stand on the shoulder of giants.” As an undergraduate, at every alumni-sponsored or student-organized event, I remember the free food and drinks. I remember the inspired feeling after learning about the innovative technologies and researches that the alumni were involved in. Most importantly, I remember the insights I gained from interacting with them. They helped pave the way for me -- through sharing their experiences, and imparting advice on intellectual and professional development. Being able to come back to share my own experience with the JUMP students has been both humbling and rewarding.
- True Xiong, B.S. Electrical Engineering 2005, Senior Software System Engineer, Sony and TESC DECaF Chair 2005

If you have any questions about JUMP, please contact the JUMP Coordinators at jump@eng.ucsd.edu