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Solar Turbines Hosts 2014-2015 Joint Planning Conference for Diversity Focused Engineering and Science Chapters

The San Diego Region Joint Planning Conference for Diversity Focused Engineering and Science Chapters will take place on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 8:00 – 5:00 pm, at Solar Turbines in the Kearny Mesa region of San Diego, California.

The San Diego Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Alliance and Solar Turbines will host a unique event to bring student leaders and professionals together to network, collaborate and exchange ideas for improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

The San Diego MESA Alliance aims to increase the number of students to pursue academic and career paths in STEM industries, increase retention in these disciplines, and promote opportunities in post graduate studies.  Together, student and professional leaders will be able to incorporate STEM career pathways and outreach into their planning for the upcoming academic year.  The conference, which will feature a panel of student officer alumni, is intended to give professional and student leaders from different organizations an opportunity to get together and share their stories, goals and ideas.

Approximately 60+ attendees are expected, including professionals from various industries and student leaders from San Diego State University (SDSU), University of California San Diego (UCSD), University of San Diego (USD), San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and Southwestern College.

Some of the professional and student organizations that are expected to be represented are:

  1. American Medical Student Organization (AMSA)
  2. American Women in Sciences (AWIS)
  3. Black Student Science Organization (BSSO)
  4. Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES)
  5. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  6. Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS)
  7. Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  8. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  9. Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  10. Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Event documents:

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Eric Pamintuan ( or 619-594-7704).

About Solar Turbines

Solar Turbines Incorporated, 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.  More than 12,000 Solar units are operating in 93 countries around the world.  Primary applications include electric power generation, oil and natural gas production and gas transmission.  More information is available at:

About Caterpillar

For more than 80 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making progress possible and driving positive and sustainable change on every continent.  With 2007 sales and revenues of $44.958 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines.  The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services.  More information is available at:

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