Fundamentals of Engineering in San Diego

Discover the fundamentals of engineering from an instructor with 50 years of experience as a university professor, senior technical consultant, and registered professional engineer.

Engineering program for teens on a university campus in San Diego

Program Highlights

Develop 3D solutions to design challenges to learn the fundamentals behind mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering
Manufacture an artificial limb to replicate natural function and movement in real world situations
Design and build a scale model structure compliant with code, zoning, and budget requirements
Learn from professionals in the field about the latest advancements in engineering and technology

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Extended Commuter Tuition:

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July 24-August 5, 2022


To be held at UC San Diego
San Diego, CA


  • It was nice to have an actual engineer as the instructor of the course who had been on the job for most of his life.

    Griffin H.

  • I enjoyed the real world insight from the field trips. We went to a construction site and Autodesk Gallery to learn about the mechanics of machines and buildings.

    James L.

Course Overview

Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.

Excursions in San Diego – Students will visit an engineering firm that creates devices to help people with disabilities. This is a unique opportunity to meet firsthand with engineers and architects to learn how complex structures are designed given the constraints of the project.


Meet your instructor

Tawni Paradise Ph.D. Candidate

Fundamentals of Engineering Virginia Tech

Tawni is currently attending Virginia Tech as a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Education and an M.Ed. student in Integrative STEM Education. Tawni holds a B.S. & B.A. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and a Secondary Mathematics Teaching Credential from San Diego State University.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students will explore the design process and a standard problem solving approach used by engineers. They will also utilize a series of design challenges to test and gather data on the efficiency of our designs. Projects include building a scale model structure compliant with code, zoning, and budget requirements as well as creating an artificial limb.

Students will think on their feet as they work against time, budget, gravity, and limited resources to complete mini design projects covering different areas of engineering. The final project will be in the field of their choice so they can further explore a specific area.

engineering hands-on project

Career Exploration

Through this course and program, you will get on-site experience and learn from experts in the field. We will gain an understanding of applied problem solving skills that are involved in Engineering.

Meet with successful professionals and experts in the fields of engineering and technology to learn more about careers and jobs in this field, and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn firsthand what it’s like to work as an engineer. This insight helps students reflect on which areas within the field of engineering is right for them.

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