MESA STEM Shadow Day

2020 MESA STEM Shadow Day will be on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving holiday:

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Particpation can be in either or both:

  • Morning session (9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST)
  • Afternoon session (1:30 - 4:30 pm PST)

If industry selects both sessions to participate in, they are to be conducted as 2 seperate sessions (e.g. the same set of students in the morning session will not return for the afternoon session). 

Through the free annual MESA STEM Shadow Day event, college students in MESA programs from San Diego State University, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, and college prep students from San Diego and Imperial Valley counties will have a unique experience to witness the “real world” of work in an engineering or scientific environment.

Industry’s involvement will provide a great opportunity for our up and coming students to “test the waters” in a field of their interest and see first-hand how classroom skills relate to the workplace.  What better way to do that, than observe and work with a professional in action! 

Employers can make a positive impact on the lives of students, our future engineers and scientists, and students can picture themselves in these positions in the near future while creating attainable goals to get there. 

Though the annual MESA STEM Shadow Day is normally in-person, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 MESA STEM Shadow Day will be completely virtual.

  • Mid-September:  Industry registration opens.
  • October 15 (Thursday):  Industry registration closes.
  • Late-October:  Student registration opens.
  • November:  Student registrations that are fully completed are matched on a first come, first serve basis.
  • November 12 (Thursday):  Student registrations close.
  • November 15-17:  Student Shadow Day preparation meetings.
  • November:  Signed media and/or liability releases deadline varies depending on company participant.
  • November 19 (Thursday):  MESA STEM Shadow Day!

Sample agenda (Industry participants have the flexibility to structure their agenda to best match their respective working environment and student demographics):

10 minutes:  Virtual platform usage guide

20 minutes:  Welcome and introduction to company, group photo via screen capture

30 minutes:  HR information session (internships, new graduates, entry level, special programs, growth opportunities)

60 minutes:  Virtual tour of facilities, video or slideshow of projects, products, or team case study/project

60 minutes:  Roundtable/Q&A with mentors, recent graduates, interns, alumni

Registration:  To participate in MESA STEM Shadow Day, please register through our Google Form or download, complete, and e-mail back the fillable PDF version.

Registration for 2020 has closed.

The registration will cover hosting questions, desired student demographic, any eligibility restrictions, documentation requirements, and other logistics.

Student eligibility:  Students recruited to participate include the San Diego MESA Alliance campuses of:  San Diego City College, Southwestern College, San Diego State University, and various middle and high schools in the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions.

Meeting links:  The preferred meeting platform for San Diego State University is Zoom.  However, industry participants are welcome to host through another meeting platform.  (e.g. Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.).  Meeting links, meeting passcode, and other pertinent information will be e-mailed to vetted student registrants by the MESA STEM Shadow Day Coordinator.

Sample Forms:

Industry recruitment flyers:  (.PNG)  |  (.PDF)

Preparation meeting:  Students will be required to attend a virtual preparation meeting prior to MESA STEM Shadow Day.  Topics include virtual etiquette, required media releases, other documentation, and student expectations.

Registration:  Registration will open for students once industry participants have been confirmed.  Fully completed registrations will then be matched to company on a first come, first serve basis.

If student schedule permits, students may register for both a morning and afternoon time slot.

Sessions are 3 hours in length, though some companies may end earlier.  Students are advised to dedicate availability for the full 3 hours as a precaution.

Student eligibility:  Students recruited to participate include the San Diego MESA Alliance campuses of:  San Diego City College, Southwestern College, San Diego State University, and various middle and high schools in the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions.

Certain companies may have additional eligibility requirements, with MESA program students having priority.

Registration deadline:  The registration for certain companies may close if the registration for that company has reached capacity or if their deadline for important clearance documents has passed.  Otherwise, all student registration will close 1 week prior to MESA STEM Shadow Day on Thursday, November 12.

Meeting links:  Meeting platform (e.g. Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.), meeting passcode, and other pertinent information will be e-mailed to vetted student registrants.

Student recruitment flyers:  (.JPG)  |  (.PDF)

City of San Diego Engineering & Capital Projects

is a dynamic Department in the City of San Diego that provides engineering services including technical and operation support, design, and construction for the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and oversight of the development of public infrastructure and facilities in an expeditious, cost-effective manner while maintaining the highest degree of quality.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Civil Service, Design/Drafting, Geographic Information Systems, Land Survey, Materials Engineering and Science, Structural Engineering, Sustainability, Transportation, Utilities, Water/Waste-Water, Water Infrastructure, Project Management, Construction Management, Contracts, Data Analysis.

Hosting:  Microsoft Teams, with a limit of 15-25 students per session.

Required forms:  Media release waiver.

Collins Aerospace

specializes on the design, manufacturing, and development of Nacelle Systems for most major airlines.

Chula Vista in the HQ of the Aerostructures side of Collins, with the grand majority of lead engineers, managers, and directors on site.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Astronautical Engineering, Design/Drafting, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, Materials Engineering and Science, Power Systems, Research, Structural Engineering.

Hosting:  Zoom, with a limit of 6 students.

Required forms:  Government issued photo I.D., proof of U.S. citizenship, media release waiver, liability waiver, and resume.

Specific eligibility:  18 years or older, college level student, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen.

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW)

delivers timely, effective, and sustainable naval aviation capabilities to ensure warfighters mission success and safe return home.

North Island is home to the Fleet Support Team for the F/A-18 and E-2/C-2 platforms. Engineers and logisticians work to maintain, repair, and overhaul Naval aircraft to support the defense of our nation.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Astronautical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Structural Engineering.

Hosting:  Microsoft Teams, with a limit of 10 students.

Required forms:  Media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  18 years or older, college level student, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen.

Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific

provides the U.S. Navy and military with essential capabilities in the areas of command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber, and space.

Students in or considering the following majors: Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Statistics.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Civil Service, Computer Information Systems, Computer Hardware Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Geographic Information Systems, Military, Power Systems, Robotics, Veterans, Wireless Networks.

Hosting:  Microsoft Teams, with a limit of 50 students per session.

Required forms:  Media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  18 years or older, college level student, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. We have a wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies. Our differentiated battle management and cyber solutions deliver timely, mission-enabling information and provide superior situational awareness and understanding to protect the U.S. and its global allies.

The San Diego campuses specialize in software defined radios in multiple platforms.

Students in or considering the following majors: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Astronautical Engineering, Computer Hardware Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Design/Drafting, Materials Engineering and Science, Military, Research, Robotics, Structural Engineering, Veterans.

Hosting:  Zoom, with a limit of 20 students.

Required forms:  Government issued photo I.D., media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  College level student, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen or permanent resident.

NV5

is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology.

With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.

Students in or considering the following majors: Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Infrastructure.

Hosting:  Microsoft Teams, with a limit of 5 students.

Required forms:  Liability waiver, media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  College level juniors and seniors, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen or permanent resident.

Raytheon Technologies

is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. The company was formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses.

For MESA STEM Shadow Day, Raytheon Technologies will be focusing on their Software, Systems, Electrical, Mechanical, and Cyber Security Departments.

Students in or considering the following majors: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Civil Service, Computer Hardware Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, Cyber Security.

Hosting:  Zoom, with a limit of 5 students.

Required forms:  Government issued photo I.D., proof of U.S. citizenship, liability waiver, media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  College level students, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen.

Rick Engineering Company

Rick Engineering is a Multi-discipline consulting firm offering services in the areas of land development, public works infrastructure, water resources, green sustainable low impact development, transportation and traffic engineering, traditional and 3D laser scanning surveying, mapping, GIS and web based geospatial graphic designs, land planning, policy planning, redevelopment and landscape architecture.

Our headquarters is in San Diego, and we have satellite offices in Irvine, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and two offices in Denver.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Architecture, Civil Service, Computer Information Systems, Consulting, Customer Service, Design/Drafting, Geographic Information Systems, Geology, Land Survey, Structural Engineering, Sustainability, Transportation, Utilities, Water/Waste-Water, Water Infrastructure.

Hosting:  Zoom, with a limit of 50 students.

Required forms:  Media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  None.

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

develops and enforces water quality objectives and implementing plans that will best protect the area's waters.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Civil Service, Water/Waste-Water, Water Infrastructure.

Hosting:  Zoom, with a limit of 6 students.

Required forms:  Resume, media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  College level students, U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen or permanent resident.

Smart Biomedical Systems Lab

Dr. Hakan Töreyin's lab at San Diego State University investigates electronics design to build smart biomedical systems such as wearable and implantable systems and mimic natural systems such as human brain to design high performance and energy-efficient electronics.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Bio-Medical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Computer Hardware Engineering, Research.

Hosting:  Zoom, with a limit of 30 students.

Required forms:  Non Disclosure waiver, media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  High school students and/or college level freshmen or sophomores.

Solar Turbines

headquartered in San Diego, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. Solar manufactures the world’s most widely used family of mid-sized industrial gas turbines, ranging from 1 to 23 megawatts. More than 16,000 Solar units are installed in more than 100 countries with more than 3 billion operating hours.

Solar is a leading provider of energy solutions, featuring an extensive line of gas turbine-powered compressor sets, mechanical drive packages, and generator sets.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Bio-Fuels, Chemical or Nano Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Hardware Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, Design/Drafting, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, Materials Engineering and Science, Research, Structural Engineering, Sustainability.

Hosting:  Microsoft Teams, with a limit of 50 to 100 students.

Required forms:  Media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  U.S. citizenship or naturalized citizen or permanent resident.

Tioga Research

We support the research and early development of skin-applied formulations, including topical and transdermal drugs, and cosmetic and beauty care products. 

Students will learn how a research associate works in a screening lab to set up Franz diffusion cells (FDC), which measures skin permeation and retention, and how associates assist with various tasks throughout the lab like making topical formulations, preparing buffer solutions and calibration standards, and maintaining the labs.

Students in or considering the following majors:  Bio-Chemistry, Chemistry.

Students with additional interest in any of the following:  Pharmaceutical, Research.

Hosting:  Microsoft Teams, with a limit of 5 students.

Required forms:  Resume, liability waiver, media release waiver.

Specific eligibility:  High school students and/or college level freshmen or sophomores.

Companies participating in the morning session (9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST):

  1. City of San Diego Engineering & Capital Projects
  2. Collins Aerospace
  3. Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific
  4. NV5
  5. Raytheon Technologies
  6. San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
  7. Solar Turbines

Registration has closed.

Companies participating in the afternoon session (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST):

  1. City of San Diego Engineering & Capital Projects
  2. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRSCW)
  3. Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific
  4. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  5. Rick Engineering Company
  6. Smart Biomedical Systems Lab
  7. Tioga Research

Registration has closed.

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Photo galleries are hosted through Google Photos.

View past MESA STEM Shadow Day recaps on our San Diego MESA Alliance archives.

2020 Industry Participants

 

City of San Diego logo

  Collins Aerospace logo

  NAVAIR FRCSW logo

 NIWC Pacific logo

 Northrop Grumman logo

NV5 logo Raytheon logo Rick Engineering Company logo

 

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board logo

  

Smart Biomedical Systems Lab logo

 Solar Turbines logo

Tioga Research logo