Monday, April 23, 2018

Tritons-to-be get a taste of life at the Jacobs School

Admitted students pose for a photo during Triton Day. Photo by Erik Jepsen
By Kritin Karkare

UC San Diego was all blue and gold on Saturday, April 14th for the campus’s annual Triton Day— a day devoted to helping admitted undergraduate students figure out if UC San Diego is the right university for them.  This year, a record breaking 97,670 first-year students applied to UC San Diego, and more than 25,000 of those admitted showed up on Saturday to scope out their potential new home.

The Structural Engineering open house featured a variety of
hands-on projects. Photo by Kritin Karkare
The IDEA Engineering Student Center, which provides engineering students with academic support and social engagement to foster an inclusive and welcoming community, offered several programs to help admitted students get a taste of life at the Jacobs School of Engineering and learn about the various academic and extracurricular programs available to them. A record 124 admitted students participated in an Engineering Overnight Program, where they were paired up with a current Jacobs School student to see what a day-in-the-life is like. Students staying in the Engineering Overnight Program were treated to a breakfast hosted by Albert P. Pisano, dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering. Participants were also able to tour labs, talk to different faculty, and learn more about student life on campus, including student organizations and resources to help students succeed at college. The admitted students slept overnight in an engineering student’s residence hall to get a feel for living on campus. Other activities included a trivia night, faculty panel and an engineering organization fair.

Students at the IDEA Engineering Student Center table.
Photo by Kritin Karkare

In addition to the IDEA Center programs, all six of the Jacobs School of Engineering departments were in full swing on Saturday, with fully staffed tables to share information about their respective majors to declared and undeclared students. Global Teams in Engineering Service (TIES), a humanitarian engineering project program, also had students and staff on hand to highlight its classes and projects for students to join.

Engineering organizations such as Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) met accepted students as well. BMES demonstrated its “Build A Brain” project, developed by its outreach committee for the San Diego Festival for Science and Engineering, and talked to students interested in bioengineering about research opportunities on campus and the variety of ways students can be involved in the bioengineering community. IEEE invited students to learn about its different student-led project teams, such as MicroMouse and Grand PrIEEE, and some of its technical workshops, such as making Valentine Hearts using programmed, blinking LED hearts.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department showed off several student projects from ECE classes. Students talked about their ECE 188 (LabVIEW Programming: Design and Applications) projects, which all centered around making elevators using the LabVIEW interface. After tabling finished, the demos moved to Jacobs Hall. There, more projects such as an interactive laser pinball machine, made by students in ECE 115 (Rapid Prototyping) and an autonomous motor vehicle, were on display.

Jasmine Chiang, an IDEA Scholar, welcomes potential students at
Triton Day. Photo courtesy of IDEA Center.
The Structural Engineering Department hosted its own open house for interested students at the Structural and Materials Engineering building. Not only did students hear from Structural Engineering Department Vice Chair Hyonny Kim about structural engineering classes, but they also engaged with graduate students who showed off various demos, like a short-range project launcher and structures made from wood sticks. Organizations like Tau Beta Pi (TBP), the Society for Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE), and Society for Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) talked to students about their clubs’ activities.

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