In the Community

Engineering a lasting impact.

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering encourages and supports the hands-on involvement of students, faculty and staff in our community outreach initiatives — both locally and on a global scale — in an effort to develop educational and professional experiences that embrace social justice, humanitarian engineering, sustainability, economic development and national security.

Local Outreach

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STEAM Youth Academy

The STEAM Youth Academy engages middle and high school students in hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to enhance their approach to problem solving and developing communication and critical thinking skills.

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STEMWoW Summer Academy

STEMWoW, known as "Bridging the World of Work and Informal STEM Education," aims to help youth explore their individual strengths, interests and values, expose them to STEM careers, and engage them in rigorous hands-on STEM activities. Read more.

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Discovering the Engineering Within

Along with campus and community partners, the school is working to create and engage middle school students of color in engineering activities that involve practices in their own language, using approaches from their own culture and providing engineering solutions in their communities.

Females constructing mathigami Knapp Chair Program

Nearly one dozen students collaborated with USD faculty from engineering and mathematics to contribute to the vitality of liberal arts in education by teaching, interacting with and presenting public lectures that engage our campus community in confronting humanity's urgent challenges.

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GenCyber Summer Camp
High school students come to USD to learn, engage and be inspired about cyber security and its career options. The camp includes on-campus lab work, career workshops and experiential learning through a variety of field trips. Get involved.
Adult student executives in training. Cybersecurity Executive Programs

Cybersecurity within organizations is no longer just an IT department problem — it affects the entire organization. USD equips leaders with new cybersecurity knowledge and skills to ensure their companies succeed through cyber invasions. Get involved.

Global Outreach

Female student working on housing project in Tijuana, Mexico. Global Engineering Brigade

The Global Engineering Brigades travel to underserved countries to collaborate with communities to develop more sustainable living situations. This student org allows students to get involved and connect with peer engineers who share similar interests and passions. Get involved.

Students working on ground with mentor in Tijuana, Mexico Advancing Students Forward

USD student engineers travel monthly to Tijuana, Mexico with professor Odesma Dalrymple to teach disadvantaged students about the engineering design process and how it can be applied in a collaborative environment to transform simple ideas and materials into complex systems. Read More.

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Humanitarian Work in the Dominican Republic

Since 2014, Truc Ngo, professor and chair of industrial and systems engineering, has led USD engineering students to El Cercado and the surrounding communities of the Dominican Republic to help teach and implement humanitarian projects for the underserved. Read more.

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Humanitarian Work in Uganda

Professors Frank Jacobitz and Mikaya Lumori have led ongoing humanitarian trips to Uganda with engineering students to incorporate user feedback in the design, construction and production of latrines and walkers for landmine survivors. Read more.

Water treatment facility in Israel. Cultural Exchanges in Israel

With a focus on integrating real-world experience into our programs, USD offers a MENG 494: Water in California and Israel: Challenges and Solutions, in collaboration with the Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem to boost cultural and academic cooperation between California and Israel.

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Engineering and Social Justice

Professor of praxis, Caroline Baillie, PhD, is a world-renowned, Thomson Reuters highly cited author with more than 200 publications, papers and books on material science, engineering education and social justice. Read More.