SEDSxFEM

students selected from the Summer Engineering Institute

What is SEDSxFEM?

Collaborating with UCSD’s Formula SAE Team and the IDEA Engineering Student Center’s freshman scholars, the Female Engineering Mentorship focuses on providing opportunities to young engineers of diverse backgrounds. Paired with a SEDS mentor, members of each year’s cohort will work on technical design challenges, benefit from the community’s collective experiences, and eventually assimilate into SEDS and Triton Racing project teams.

Why is SEDSxFEM important?

Many programs focus on getting women into engineering but seem to fall short when it comes to retention. Our program focuses on creating a welcoming environment and laying the foundation for the mentee’s career by empowering them with both confidence and knowledge. After each student has completed their mentorship, they assimilate into our other member’s projects while remaining in the uplifting community of women.

Program Outline

Freshman Year

Fall QuarterWinter QuarterYear-Round
Weekly design challenges,
Ease into project teams
Assimilate to project teams,
Higher time commitment,
Full SEDS or Triton Racing membership
“Girl Group Chat” community discussions,
Weekly mentor one-on-one,
Industry and academia guest speakers,
Professionalism workshops

Continuing Years

Sophomore YearJunior YearSenior YearPost-Grad
Focus on Internship/Research Preparation,
Professional Development,

Succeeding in difficult coursework
Focus on planning for senior year,
post-graduation plans,
fellowship applications
Focus on getting hired
full time, and/or apply
to and choose a graduate school
Continued mentorship
connections for industry and academia

How can I help?

For current students: We are looking for project designers and planners for the upcoming quarters. The mentorship opportunity is a chance to teach, motivate and inspire first-year students and improve the retention rate of female engineers. You will be a pivotal part of this experience by designing engineering challenges and providing feedback on the student’s work.

For Industry Professionals and Researchers: We are always open to having guest speakers at our community meetings. Please contact us at our email for more information.

For Everyone Else: We accept donations. Please email us through our contact link.

2021-2022 team

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Ann Truong - Co-Lead
Ann Truong - Co-Lead
Electrical Engineering
Rebecca Wong - Co-Lead
Rebecca Wong - Co-Lead
Electrical Engineering, Speculative Design
Grace Kim - mentor
Grace Kim - mentor
Structural Engineering
Chaztine Embucado
Chaztine Embucado
Electrical Engineering
Valli Nachiappan
Valli Nachiappan
Computer Engineering
Joanne Low
Joanne Low
Environmental Engineering
Allison Moya
Allison Moya
Electrical Engineering
Victoria Alanis
Victoria Alanis
Chemistry, Anthropology, Mechanical Engineering, German
Trisha Nguyen
Trisha Nguyen
Structural Engineering
Rusul Albusultan
Rusul Albusultan
Electrical Engineering
Shannon Lin
Shannon Lin
Bioengineering, Psychology
Jennifer Hernandez Mora
Jennifer Hernandez Mora
Mechanical Engineering

Previous Guest Speakers

Courtney Leverenz - Virgin Galactic
Courtney Leverenz - Virgin Galactic
Prev: NASA, Brooke Owens Fellow '20, University of Illinois Urbana Champagne
Matt Santos - Rivian
Matt Santos - Rivian
Prev: Qualcomm, Tesla, UCSD
Jack Najarian - Blue Origin
Jack Najarian - Blue Origin
Prev: Rivian, The Aerospace Corporation, UCSD

Previous Design Challenges

Avionics of a liquid bi-propellant rocket recovery system

-System and block diagram design

-Python programming

PID Control in both a lander prototype and a temperature-controlled spacecraft cabin

-Arduino prototyping

Past Mentors

Breana Guerrero: Environmental Systems, Mechanical EngineeringTzinti Aguirre-Medina: Speculative DesignVesal Razavimaleki: Electrical EngineeringMatt Santos: Computer Engineering
Joycee Ito: Electrical Engineering

Questions, concerns, or just curious?