IDEA Scholars Program

The goal of the Jacobs School's IDEA Scholars Program is to foster community building and academic excellence among our top incoming freshman engineering students from diverse backgrounds. As an IDEA Scholar, you will join a select group of students who will serve as ambassadors for the Jacobs School throughout your time at UC San Diego.

  • Started 2011
  • 209 Members
  • 59 Alumni
  • IDEA Scholars graduate with an engineering degree at a higher rate than Jacobs School students
  • 2011 cohort: 77% graduation rate 
    (23% higher than retention rate among engineering freshmen from underrepresented student groups who were admitted at the same time, and were not IDEA Scholars)
  • 2012 cohort: 74% graduation rate 
    (14% higher than retention rate among engineering freshmen from underrepresented student groups who were admitted at the same time, and were not IDEA Scholars)
  • Key benefits of being an IDEA Scholar Include:
  • Priority Access to Scholarships and Internships
  • Mentoring from Jacobs School Students, Alumni and Faculty
  • Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Involvement in Undergraduate Research
  • Networking Opportunities with Companies
  • IDEA Scholar Medal Upon Graduation

IDEA Scholars will be selected by IDEA Faculty from students who attend the Freshman Summer Engineering Institute.

As a cohort, IDEA Scholars will follow an Academic Enrichment Plan, specially designed to promote your academic success. The IDEA Scholars Requirements outlines the academic requirements for this program, as well as numerous opportunities for you to engage in your engineering community.

Class of 2017

Alejandro Alva

Andrew Chiang
Chemical Engineering

Brian Contreras
Chemical Engineering

Pengfei Gu
Bioengineering: Biotechnology

Cynthia Huang
Electrical Engineering

Timothy Huang

Kimberly Ly
Computer Science

Sara Masjedi
Structural Engineering

Madeline Ocampo
Mechanical Engineering

Lorenzo Page
Electrical Engineering

Viviana Vela
Structural Engineering

Arnell Abad
Chemical Engineering

Michael Benjamin
Chemical Engineering

Chandler (Blaid) Burgess
Computer Science

Ruben Diaz Carrillo
Electrical Engineering

Brendan Gonzales
Mechanical Engineering

Alexandrea Hill
Environmental Engineering

Isabel Jauregui
Mechanical Engineering

Christian Koguchi
Electrical Engineering

Olivia Lipco
Bioengineering: Biotechnology

Joanne Ly
Chemical Engineering

Alexes Macedo
Computer Engineering

Eric Mauritzen
Computer Science: Bioinformatics

Garren Melton
Chemical Engineering

Cassandra Moreno
Mechanical Engineering

Oscar Murillo
Aerospace Engineering

Daisy Ojeda
Environmental Engineering

Kimberly Nguyen
Chemical Engineering

Christopher Rutten
Mechanical Engineering

Pia Tsai
Structural Engineering

Heidy Vega

Denny Zhou
Mechanical Engineering


Class of 2016

Allison Kensiski

Anjelica Thang
Computer Engineering

Barbara Samano
Aerospace Engineering

Carlos Munoz
Chemical Engineering

Chyheim Jackson-Burgess
Computer Science

Daniel Gehlbach
Bioengineering: Biotechnology

David Dantas
Computer Science

Gladys Ornelas


Ivan Torres
Mechanical Engineering

James Torres
Structural Engineering

Jasmin Hurtado

Jennifer Cordero
Chemical Engineering

Jose Banuelos
Structural Engineering

Lina Lopez
Chemical Engineering

Lovelle Cardoso
Computer Science

Nathan Woodward
Mechanical Engineering

Nicholas Montoya
Mechanical Engineering

Rogelio Nunez Flores

Sarah Segobia
Chemical Engineering

Yoseph Alemayehu
Chemical Engineering


Class of 2015

Ann Meek

Cindy Trinh

Daniel Kaminski
Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Salvadori
Electrical Engineering

Ismael Munoz

Kayse Sheppard
Structural Engineering

Kriss Wilkerson
Electrical Engineering

Rene Martinez
Chemical Engineering

Summer PrEP 2012

  • Roman Aguilera: Electrical Engineering
  • Yoseph Alemayehu: Chemical Engineering
  • Jose Banuelos: Structural Engineering
  • Chandler Burgess: Computer Science
  • David Dantas: Computer Science
  • Anthony Farris: Computer Engineering
  • Andres Hanau: Electrical Engineering
  • Isabel Jauregui: Aerospace Engineering
  • Christian Koguchi: Electrical Engineering
  • Alexes Macedo: Computer Engineering (CSE)
  • Cassandra Moreno: Mechanical Engineering
  • Oscar Murillo: Aerospace Engineering
  • Taylor Nelson: Bioengineering: Bioinformatics
  • Daisy Ojeda: Environmental Engineering
  • Heidy Vega: NanoEngineering

Summer PrEP 2013

  • Arnell Abad: Chemical Engineering
  • Alejandro Alva: Nanoengineering
  • Stephanie Arteaga: Bioengineering: Bioinformatics
  • Michael Benjamin: Chemical Engineering
  • Jahya Burke: Electrical Engineering
  • Tanya Carrazco: Structural Engineering
  • Shang-Chun (Andrew) Chiang: Chemical Engineering
  • Brian Contreras: Chemical Engineering
  • Ruben Diaz: Electrical Engineering
  • Jose Garcia: Aerospace Engineering
  • Brendan Gonzales: Mechanical Engineering
  • Pengfei Gu: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
  • Alexandrea Hill: Environmental Engineering
  • Cynthia Huang: Electrical Engineering
  • Timothy Huang: Nanoengineering
  • Julian Jacobs: Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Jaehee Jung: Electrical Engineering
  • Paddy Lei: Bioengineering: Bioinformatics
  • Olivia Lipco: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
  • Joanne Ly: Chemical Engineering
  • Kimberly Ly: Computer Science
  • Sara Masjedi: Structural Engineering
  • Eric Mauritzen: Computer Science: Bioinformatics
  • Garren Melton: Chemical Engineering
  • Kimberly Nguyen: Chemical Engineering
  • Madeline Ocampo: Mechanical Engineering
  • Lorenzo Page: Electrical Engineering
  • Bernabe Perez: Bioengineering: BioSystems
  • Christopher Rutten: Mechanical Engineering
  • Jennifer Tran: Computer Science
  • Pia Tsai: Structural Engineering
  • Elsie Varela: Environmental Engineering
  • Viviana Vela: Structural Engineering
  • Denny Zhou: Mechanical Engineering


Summer PrEP 2014

  • Sinan Bayoud: Computer Science
  • Alejandra Bellavance: Environmental Engineering
  • Maya Bello: Computer Science
  • Gerardo Berrelleza: Electrical Engineering
  • Sebastian Bommer: Mechanical Engineering
  • Bryan Brennan: Mechanical Engineering
  • Christian Bryan: Aerospace Engineering
  • Rizelle Capanzana: Chemical Engineering
  • Justin Centeno Barrientos: Mechanical Engineering
  • Min Woo Chung: Electrical Engineering
  • Phoebe Contreras-Jones: Electrical Engineering
  • Katherina Cortes: Bioengineering: Bioinformatics
  • Kelvin Diaz-Reyes: Computer Science
  • Trenten Eldred: Computer Engineering (CSE)
  • Glorya Escobar: Environmental Engineering
  • Valeria Gallardo: Structural Engineering
  • Manuel Gonzalez: Aerospace Engineering
  • Josef Griedel: Aerospace Engineering
  • Estefania Huitron: Environmental Engineering
  • Vidal Jovel: Bioengineering
  • Frances Lagarda: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
  • Aviana Landeros: Aerospace Engineering
  • Henry Lee: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
  • Sebastian Lee: Environmental Engineering
  • Jocelyn Letona: Aerospace Engineering
  • Melissa Ly: Computer Engineering (CSE)
  • Rachel Miller: Nanoengineering
  • Richard Miller: Nanoengineering
  • Emily Moreno: Bioengineering
  • Tracy Nguyen: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
  • Robert Nguyen: Electrical Engineering
  • Mai Nong: Chemical Engineering
  • David Perez-Aguilar: Chemical Engineering
  • Nancy Ponce: Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Ashley Qu: Mechanical Engineering
  • Paula Quach: Computer Science
  • Daisy Rios: Environmental Engineering
  • Manolo Sanchez: Electrical Engineering
  • Christopher Sanchez: Aerospace Engineering
  • Alec Schardein: Mechanical Engineering
  • Euan Tan: Mechanical Engineering
  • Garry Turner: Environmental Engineering
  • Manwinder Uppal: Environmental Engineering
  • Alejandro Valdivia: Structural Engineering
  • Annalisa Vilaysing: Aerospace Engineering
  • Christopher Wiggins: Mechanical Engineering

Summer PrEP 2015

  • Karla Aceves: Aerospace Engineering
  • Emmanuel Antonio: Nanoengineering
  • Cindy Ayala: Mechanical Engineering
  • Kristina Bjegovic: Bioengineering,BioSystems
  • Kayla Cartaciano: Chemical Engineering
  • Humberto Castillo: Chemical Engineering
  • Jasmine Chiang: Electrical Engineering
  • Mackenzie Cottle: Mechanical Engineering
  • Farouq Fardan: Electrical Engineering
  • Elizabeth Farkas: Computer Engineering (CSE)
  • Carlos Galaviz: Engineering Sciences
  • Irene Garcia: Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Kinuth Gelmo: Nanoengineering
  • David Gonzalez-Maldonado: Chemical Engineering
  • Ivan Ibarra: Bioengineering
  • Azusena Jimenez: Aerospace Engineering
  • Vanessa Jimenez: Electrical Engineering
  • Emanual Kasegne: Structural Engineering
  • Delphine Kyubwa: Bioengineering, BioSystems
  • Gisel Lopez: Bioengineering
  • Pedro Lopez-Casillas: Mechanical Engineering
  • Gunawan Makmur: NanoEngineering
  • Juan Maldonado: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hector Marin-Alcantar: Aerospace Engineering
  • Noe Melchor: Aerospace Engineering
  • Jack Najarian: Electrical Engineering
  • Aishwarya Niraula: Aerospace Engineering
  • Melissa Perez: Mechanical Engineering
  • Vivian Pham: Computer Science
  • Aparna Rangamani: Computer Science
  • Gina Ratto: Computer Science
  • Jose Rodriguez: Mechanical Engineering
  • Jose Ricardo Rueda: Bioengineering, BioSystems
  • Yohann Samarasinghe: Nanoengineering
  • Jackelyn Sanchez: Aerospace Engineering
  • Andrew Sanchez: Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Michael Schnabel: Electrical Engineering
  • Marcos Serrano-Herrera: Mechanical Engineering
  • Reem Sheikh Mohamed: Electrical Engineering
  • Steve Silva: Nanoengineering
  • Vickie Truong: Aerospace Engineering
  • Jocelyn Valencia: Environmental Engineering
  • Tania Vazquez: Mechanical Engineering
  • Cory Wolf: Mechanical Engineering
  • Derek Wong: Bioengineering, Biotechnology


Summer PrEP 2016

  • Carlos Ajanel:Structural Engineering
  • Christopher Bayag:Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeremy Browne:Mechanical Engineering
  • Sabrina Calzada:Nanoengineering
  • Jennifer Coates:Mechanical Engineering
  • Gabriel Davalos:Aerospace Engineering
  • Riley Dodd:NanoEngineering
  • Skye Edwards:Bioengineering/ Biotechnology
  • Xavier Evans:Pre-Engineering Physics
  • Kimberly Fajardo:Aerospace Engineering
  • Samantha Fong:Environmental Engineering
  • Chanel Fraikin:Aerospace Engineering
  • Kimberly Fajardo:Aerospace Engineering
  • Katelyn Anne Francia:Structural Engineering
  • Justin Hover:Bioengineering
  • Kieu Huynh:Mechanical Engineering
  • Rick Huynh:Aerospace Engineering
  • Jacinth Philemon Gudetti:Computer Engineering
  • Yayi Guo:Environmental Engineering
  • Gabriel Gutierrez:Structural Engineering
  • Abhiram Iyer:Computer Engineering
  • Sergil Johnson:Environmental Engineering
  • Nhadea Lensky:Chemical Engineering
  • Haozhan Li:Electrical Engineering
  • Harrison Li:Bioengineering
  • Melissa Lopez:Structural Engineering
  • Karie Madrid:Structural Engineering
  • Saul Martinez:Structural Engineering
  • Daniel Martinez:Nanoengineering
  • Martina Mitose:Chemical Engineering
  • Hugo Moctezuma Andraca:Mechanical Engineering
  • Jennifer MacAulay:Structural Engineering
  • Jasmine Ng:Mechanical Engineering
  • Matt Nakpawan:Mechanical Engineering
  • Cristabel Otero Castaneda:Mechanical Engineering
  • Briana Paredes:Mechanical Engineering
  • Albert Peralta:Computer Engineering
  • Salvador Ramirez:Structural Engineering
  • Jessica Sanchez:Structural Engineering
  • Xochitl Santiago Diaz:Mechanical Engineering
  • Christian Schwieterman:Structural Engineering
  • Leigh Sena:Mechanical Engineering
  • Gabriel Shatkin:Bioengineering/ Biotechnology
  • Cyrus Shen:Electrical Engineering
  • Aliana Sonza:Structural Engineering
  • Adrianna Stopol:Mechanical Engineering
  • Bryan Thai:Bioengineering
  • Jacob Thomas:Electrical Engineering
  • Stephanie Torres:Environmental Engineering
  • Michelle Tran:Structural Engineering
  • Francisco Valdez-Osorio:Environmental Engineering
  • Joshua Wang:Nanoengineering
  • Grant Way:Biomedical Engineering/ Biotechnology
  • Arielle Yoo:Bioengineering / Bioinformatics
  • Weginbara Youpele:Electrical Engineering
  • Hongru Yu:Bioengineering / Bioinformatics
  • Minghui Zhao:Electrical Engineering

SEI 2017

  • Cindy Alberto:Mechanical Engineering
  • Destiny Angelica Alvarado:Electrical Engineering
  • Alberto Avalos:Nanoengineering
  • Edward Banuelos:Bioengineering/ BioSystems
  • Summer Joyce Batasin:Bioengineering/ BioSystems
  • Amanda Nicole Breton:Bioengineering / BioSystems
  • Hailey Noel Brown:Aerospace Engineering
  • Andrew Timothy Campion:Nanoengineering
  • David Bruno Collin:Structural Engineering
  • Larisa Deli:Structural Engineering
  • Tiffany Nguyen Do:Environmental Engineering
  • Julia T Doan:Environmental Engineering
  • Jesus Villalvazo Fausto:Electrical Engineering
  • Neve Annabella Foresti:Bioengineering/ BioSystems
  • Priscila Garcia Estrada:Structural Engineering
  • Carmen Ashly Garcia:Bioengineering
  • Luis Ruben Garcia:Mechanical Engineering
  • Marisol Gonzalez:Structural Engineering
  • Martyn Albrecht Granados Lizarraga:Mechanical Engineering
  • Laura Gutierrez:Environmental Engineering
  • Brandon Eduardo Hernandez Pacheco:Bioengineering/ BioSystems
  • Sidney Yin Huen:Mechanical Engineering
  • Jose Jorge Jimenez-Olivas:Computer Engineering
  • Vicente Elihu Lopez-Espinosa:Mechanical Engineering
  • Cambria Rose Lyon:Environmental Engineering
  • Candice Nicole Mallari:Mechanical Engineering
  • Madilyn Kaly Mcdougall:Aerospace engineering
  • Abraham Roberto Mendez Castro:Structural Engineering
  • Stephanie Lily Mountain:Chemical Engineering
  • Joseph George Murad:Mechanical Engineering
  • Iris Ela Nayki:Computer Engineering
  • Catlynn Duc Nguyen:Mechanical Engineering
  • Rachel Kathryn Oelsner:Environmental Engineering
  • Minghua Ong:Bioengineering/ Biosystems
  • Melissa Liann Pante:Aerospace Engineering
  • Maya Lynn Parish:Bioengineering
  • Dylan Taylor Perlson:Electrical Engineering
  • Alberto Quintana Jaquez:Aerospace Engineering
  • Diego Alonso Ramos:Electrical Engineering
  • Isaac Rincon:Electrical Engineering
  • Jason Robert Rosas:Mechanical Engineering
  • Xochilth Saldana:Environmental Engineering
  • Antoine Abidaid Serrano:Aerospace Engineering
  • Tanmay Shetye:Chemical Engineering
  • Adan Leonardo Solano:Aerospace Engineering
  • Dana Mayumi Tajiri:Electrical Engineering
  • Giovanni Guillermo Tamacas:Pre-Engineering Physics
  • Tyler Marshall Theroith-Fraser:Mechanical Engineering
  • Matthew Alberto Uitz:Aerospace Engineering
  • Arely Vasquez:Structural Engineering
  • Valentina Veloz:Bioengineering/ BioSystems
  • Taylor Stephanie Walsh:Structural Engineering
  • Trent Sebastian Wiley:Structural Engineering
  • Jonathan Joshua Zhang:Aerospace Engineering


The IDEA Scholars Program is open to students who participate in the Summer Program.

Information for a 5-day summer program to prepare you for college will be available in May 2020.

The BOEING-IDEA Scholarship is awarded annually for the purpose of recruitment and retention of students in the Jacobs School of Engineering who demonstrate technical experience, academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, and a commitment to the ideals of inclusion, diversity, excellence and advancement. In addition to a monetary stipend, the scholarship includes a potential summer internship with BOEING.

This scholarship is open to IDEA Scholars who will be continuing next academic year. Students who are in the following majors are especially encouraged to apply: Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Structural Engineering, and NanoEngineering. Minimum GPA 3.0.

Scholarship Recipients


Mackenzie Cottle, Mechanical Engineering 
Chanel Fraikin, Aerospace Engineering
Gabriel Gutierrez, Structural Engineering
Joycelyn Letona, Aerospace Engineering
Emily Moreno, Bioengineering
Leigh Sena, Mechanical Engineering
Vickie Truong, Aerospace Engineering
Arielle Yoo, Bioengineering


Madeline Ocampo, Mechanical Engineering 
Cindy Ayala, Mechanical Engineering 
Sebastian Lee, Environmental Engineering 
Ashley Qu, Mechanical Engineering 
Christopher Sanchez, Aerospace Engineering 
Sara Masjedi, Structural Engineering 
Glorya Escobar, Environmental Engineering 
Jose Ricardo Rueda, Bioengineering: BioSystems 
Juan Maldonado, Mechanical Engineering 



Shang-Chun (Andrew) Chiang, Chemical Engineering 
Jose Garcia, Aerospace Engineering 
Maya Bello, Computer Science 
Jose Banuelos, Structural Engineering 
Josef Griedel, Aerospace Engineering 
David Perez-Aguilar, Chemical Engineering 
Joanne Ly, Chemical Engineering 
Kimberly Nguyen, Chemical Engineering 
Madeline Ocampo, Mechanical Engineering 
Sebastian Bommer, Mechanical Engineering 
Lorenzo Page, Electrical Engineering 
Alexes Macedo, Computer Engineering (CSE)



Jorge Esmerio, Electrical Engineering 
Nathan Woodward, Mechanical Engineering 
Daniel Kaminski, Mechanical Engineering 
Kimberly Wang, Bioengineering: Biotechnology 
Xavier Tejeda, Computer Engineering 
Sara Masjedi, Structural Engineering 
Daniel Gehlbach, Bioengineering: Biotechnology 
Julia Soderstjerna, Mechanical Engineering


Rene Martinez, Chemical Engineering 
Ashley He, Electrical Engineering 
Mishika Vora, Computer Science 
Sally Law, Electrical Engineering 
Celine Long, Nanoengineering