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2011 Shadow Day

Through the San Diego MESA Alliance, high school and college students were able to have a unique experience to witness the “real world” of work in an engineering or scientific environment. The following companies and faculty involved provided 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! The employer gets to make a positive impact on the lives of students; future engineers and scientists!

Students typically shadow a math, science or engineering professional from a company from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During this time, hosts are asked to provide the best experience possible; this is after all a potential employee. They were given flexibility to structure a Shadow Day agenda to best match their company’s environment.

Total student participants:  100

  • MEP @ San Diego State Univ: 62
  • MESA Southwestern College: 15
  • MESA San Diego City College: 4
  • MESA Pre College ~ Imperial Valley: 12
  • MESA Pre College ~ San Diego: 12

Shadow Day is a wonderful opportunity to engage, educate and inspire future Engineers and Scientists.  Specifically:

  • Host Engineering & Physical Science Majors
  • Showcase Firm
  • Mentor Potential Employees

Shadow Day 2011 was held on Thursday, November 17, from ~9:00 – 2:00 pm.

The following companies participated in Shadow Day 2011:

  1. BDS Engineering: 2
  2. Black & Veatch: 1
  4. Chem Research Lab (Harrison)~ SDSU: 4
  5. Computational Science Lab (Paolini) ~ SDSU: 5
  6. Hamilton Sundstrand: 5
  7. Kennedy Jenks: 1
  8. Morse High School: 4
  9. Nasland Engr: 3
  10. NAVAIR: 7
  11. Rick Engineering: 4
  12. Solar Turbines/HB/KM: 58 (34 College & 21 HS)
  13. T.Y. Lin: 3
  14. TKDA: 2

The 6 companies in bold had their Shadow Day coordinated by MESA/MEP alumni.  2 students visited TKDA which is located in Irvine.  In addition, MESA Directors also gave a presentation to Solar Turbines about the San Diego MESA Alliance.

Any additional photo/video coverage can be found at the San Diego MESA Alliance Facebook page.

Student participants were asked to attend 1 of the following student prep meetings listed below, where they were given the full run-down of what to expect and what companies were expecting from students in terms of mannerisms and professionalism:

  1. Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at San Diego State University, Engineering Building, Room 201, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  2. Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at San Diego State University, Engineering Building, Room 201, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
  3. Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Southwestern College, Computer Lab 393/MESA Center 396, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Shadow Day 2011 information can also be found at:

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