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Spring/Summer 2011

Newsbriefs

 

NEW MESA PROGRAM AT UC RIVERSIDE

Educationally disadvantaged engineering students at UC R iverside will now benefit from MESA. A MESA Engineering Program has been established at UCR for the 2010-11 school year. Jun Wang, the program director, facilitates services so MESA students successfully earn engineering degrees. A MESA program at UCR already serves middle and high school students under the direction of Carlos Gonzalez.


BOARD CHAIR, ADVISORS SPEAK AT STEM CONFERENCE

MESA board chair Joseph R ivera spoke at a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) event held by Town Hall Los Angeles in February. “Full STEAM Ahead! Classroom techniques for leveraging California’s creative economy” featured panel discussions and speakers sharing best classroom practices for technical subjects. Rivera, who is the director of engineering at Southern California Gas Company, participated in a panel titled “What does business need from teachers?” Longtime MESA advisors Domingo and Evelyn Torres-Rangel, Gabrielino High School math teachers and MESA 2010 Dedication Award winners, spoke on the panel “Effective tools: Math and Sciences.” Town Hall Los Angeles is one of the leading executive leadership forums in the country.


UC IRVINE MESA WINS FOUNDATION AWARD

The Samueli Foundation honored UC Irvine MESA with a 2010 Big Heart Award, given to “outstanding agencies serving the community and world with creative, sustainable and entrepreneurial programs.” The $10,000 gift will be used to support undergraduate student mentors who work with pre-college students served by UCI’s MESA program.


STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL LAB TOUR

A special site visit of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was held for 14 MESA students hand-picked for their academic achievement and interest in technical fields. The tour was designed to expose them to career possibilities at national labs. Students viewed the most powerful laser in the world and visited other science facilities at the lab. Students also visited the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, which measures the isotopic composition of substances, and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center. Students began the day with science demonstrations by the tour guides who are former lab engineers. Students represented MESA programs from CSU Fresno, San J ose State, Sonoma State, UC Santa Cruz and University of the Pacific.


CHEVRON HELPS MESA EXPAND IN BAY AREA SCHOOLS

A $125,000 grant from Chevron Corporation will allow more educationally disadvantaged students at middle and high schools in Contra Costa County to receive academic support from MESA. Money from the Bayarea energy company will let MESA expand to six more schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, bringing the total to 16 schools. Students in that district are served through the MESA center at CSU East Bay.


MESA DIRECTOR NAMED PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING ORGANIZATION

UCLA MESA director Enrique Ainsworth was named president-elect of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA). Ainsworth was recently the nation conference chair for the organization’s 30th anniversary. NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government and nonprofit groups whose goal is to improve recruitment and retention of African America, Latinos and American Indians earning degrees in engineering.


LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE HELD WITH ENGINEERING ORGANIZATION EVENT

The 2011 MESA Student Leadership Conference will be held in conjunction with the Mexican American Engineering and Scientists (MAES) annual conference this October in Oakland. Each year more than 150 MESA engineering and computer science majors from around the state attend the two-day MESA conference, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric. Students develop leadership skills through workshops, interaction with technical professionals, mock interviews and alumni panel presentations. PG&E and other companies often hire and give MESA students internships because of their high caliber of professionalism and talent.

 

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