Community and Partners

Through the Engineering Exchange (ExSJ), students, faculty and professionals engage with communities by sharing knowledge and expertise of engineering. Communities, in turn, share their knowledge, ideas, values and ways of being with the engineers. Together, teams co-create socio-technical solutions to tangible community problems.

Problems are as diverse as: developing products from waste materials to support local community businesses in waste recycling; or developing educational STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) programs for children which are 'place-conscious' and draw on local funds of knowledge.

Community projects may be local or global, based on essential humanitarian aid for disaster relief and refugees, or they may be programs designed to challenge the status quo and effect structural and long lasting change.

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has been revolutionized in the recent years through the following:

Debbie Stein

Community Spotlight

ExSJ Success Story

"The fact that 4th and 5th graders are asking about engineering in a university is amazing. We opened up a dialog and placed no limitations. They are finding their voices, sharing their ideas and passions. This is an incredible exchange across the board."

DEBBIE STEIN
Language Program Coordinator and STEAM teacher, Viejas Indian Reservation

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