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Study: Engineering Program Needed in Region

An engineering feasibility study conducted on behalf of Cal State San Marcos in 2015 confirmed what the University has believed – it’s a much-needed program in the region.

While there are other engineering programs in Southern California, the study highlighted how CSUSM is in a prime position to draw from existing curricula and faculty expertise while appealing to the hiring needs and goals of local industry.

“It will increase the professional and education opportunities for the residents of North County and the broader area served by CSUSM,” said Gerardo Dominguez, a CSUSM associate professor of physics and project director for a $6 million grant the University received in September that is providing foundational funding for the engineering program.

The feasibility study was conducted by the Educational Advisory Board and supported by a collaborative grant with MiraCosta College. The study was structured with guidance from the College of Science and Mathematics Engineering Feasibility Task Force, which included executives from ViaSat, Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, in addition to representatives from CSUSM and MiraCosta College.

“As a proud supporter of CSUSM, ViaSat has watched the University make significant progress towards establishing a world-class engineering program, from getting the requisite university approvals and securing the facilities and funding to building a program that fosters engineering excellence,” said Simon Kuo, ViaSat’s vice president corporate quality.

CSUSM’s program will start with software and electrical engineering. Initial preparation of the program structures, curriculum, course descriptions and student learning outcomes is approaching completion, and documentation is moving forward this spring as part of the institutional approval process.

“Engineering proliferates nearly every aspect of modern life and San Diego embodies how engineering is intertwined with daily life,” said Greg McKee, president and chief executive officer of CONNECT. “With so many brilliant minds gathered in one place, it’s essential to provide the means to nurture and excel each one, regardless of gender, ethnicity or income.

“Cal State University San Marcos is primed to support equitable student success through its engineering program and we at CONNECT are excited to see what the future holds as a more diverse round of innovators contribute to our local economy.”