School of Engineering and Computer Science
Experiential Learning

Expand these important programs that gives our students fully paid, real-world internships and research experience in locations in and out of the U.S., where engineering challenges and opportunities abound.

Louis Ponick

Assistant Dean for Development

School of Engineering and Computer Science

209.946.2643

lponick@pacific.edu

Louis works with individuals who have a philanthropic interest in ensuring that the School of Engineering and Computer Science provides students with the best experience and preparation possible for their careers. He has nearly 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience in both local grass roots, and international organizations. Louis is a devoted husband and father of two and his interests include sustainability practices and conservation. His favorite things about working at Pacific are interacting with the talented students coming through the SOECS and other disciplines, and hearing the fond memories that alumni have of their time at Pacific.

Global Engineering Co-Op Program

The Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program of Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is among its most impactful educational components. Distinct from nearly every other university west of the Mississippi, Pacific’s commitment to including real world experience is incorporated into every SoECS student’s educational portfolio. As part of this campaign, SoECS wants to expand programming to include more opportunities for experiential learning.

To be the best in the world, one must be given the opportunity to engage with markets, cultures and industry standards that extend beyond national borders. Research robustly supports the value of studying abroad, with participants of such programs being 48% more likely to secure employment within 12 months after graduation, enjoying 25% higher compensation packages and 90% more likely to be accepted into their first choice for graduate school.

The expansion of our Global Engineering Program will afford SoECS students to study abroad and execute their Co-Op in an international setting. These experiences will serve to expose student to diverse cultures, engineering work environments, and international business practices. To make these transformative student experiences possible SoECS is seeking to secure $250K in private and corporate funding to provide students with assistance in travel, living expenses, language learning and related international cooperative learning responsibilities.

Research

Bolster opportunities for active undergraduate research experience in diverse and relevant technical areas such as cyber security, water quality and management, bioengineering, medical imaging and devices, data science, and renewable energy.

Tiger Tech & Dean’s Fund

Fund programming, resources, and equipment of the highest quality to enrich the experience of all SoECS students—no matter their socioeconomic background.

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