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MESA STEM Shadow Day


MESA’s STEM Shadow Day will be on Thursday, November 16, 2017.


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Through the San Diego MESA Alliance, pre-college and college students will have a unique experience to witness the “real world” of work in an engineering or scientific environment. Industry’s involvement will provide 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! Employers can make a positive impact on the lives of students; future engineers and scientists!


If this will be your first time participating in STEM Shadow Day, the way it works is simple. Students typically shadow a math, science or engineering professional from your company from approximately ~8:30-10:00 am. to ~2:00-3:30 pm. During this time, we ask that you provide the best experience possible; this is after all a potential employee. Should you choose to participate, you have the flexibility to structure your STEM Shadow Day agenda to best match your company’s environment.


Through this program, students can picture themselves in these positions; in the near future and can also create goals to get there.  View past MESA STEM Shadow Days on our San Diego MESA Alliance archives.

Info for industry/faculty/professionals

Step 1:  Please review the STEM Shadow Day Industry Info Packet (includes program overview, sample agenda, timeline, etc.):


  • MESA STEM Shadow Day Flyer (.doc) or (.pdf) or (.jpg)
  • MESA STEM Shadow Day Industry Info Packet 2017 (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Sample media release form for multiple companies (.doc)
  • Sample media release form for specific company (.doc)
  • Sample waiver release liability form (.pdf)

Step 2:  After reviewing the STEM Shadow Day Industry Info Packet and you are still interested in hosting students, please register by either submitting an online registration using the link below or by e-mailing the print version to
Step 3:  Eric Pamintuan will e-mail to confirm receipt and follow-up with any questions or comments.

Info for students

Step 1:  Please review the STEM Shadow Day Student Info Packet (includes program overview, sample agenda, timeline, etc.):


  • MESA STEM Shadow Day Flyer (.doc) or (.pdf) or (.jpg)
  • MESA STEM Shadow Day Student Info Packet 2017 (.doc) or (.pdf)

Step 2:  After reviewing the STEM Shadow Day Student Packet and you are still interested in participating, please register at the link below (as stated in Info Packet, registering does not guarantee a spot).
Student MESA STEM Shadow Day online registration:
Application will be available on Tuesday, August 22.
Step 3:  If matched, you will be given further instructions and will be required to attend one (1) mandatory STEM Shadow Day Preparation meeting. See the choices on our Google Calendar or on your student info packet. Pre-college students (high school) will be informed by their MESA Director/Adviser of their meeting choice(s).

Note: Documents in Portable Document (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view; download Adobe Acrobat Reader here

2017 Timeline

  • February 15 (Wed): Industry registration opens 
  • August 11 (Fri):  Industry registration closes
  • August 22 (Tue): Student registration opens 
  • September 29 (Fri): Student registration closes
  • October 9-13: Matched notices sent to student registrants and collection of any special documents 
  • October 20 (Fri): Student emergency opt-out date deadline 
  • October 23-27: Confirmations e-mailed to industry registrants 
  • Late October-Early November: High school student participants prep meeting(s) 
  • November 1 (Wed): San Diego State University student participants prep meeting(s)
  • November 2 (Thu):  San Diego City College & Southwestern College student participants prep meetings
  • November 16: MESA STEM Shadow Day! 
  • November 16-17: Online survey sent to industry and student participants

2017 Industry Participants

Last updated on 7/26/17.  Company name and student type to host:


  1. Cubic:
    • college freshmen and above
    • in computer engineering and computer science
    • 9-2:30 pm
  2. Electrical Consultants Inc.:
    • high school seniors
    • in electrical engineering
    • 8-3 pm
  3. HNTB:
    • college level junior/seniors
    • in civil, structural, transportation engineering
    • 9:15-2 pm
  4. Hologic:
    • college level junior/seniors
    • in computer, electrical, mechanical, bio, biomedical engineering and computer science
    • 9-1:30 pm
  5. Nasland:
    • college freshmen and above
    • in civil engineering
    • 10-2 pm
  6. NAVAIR North Island Fleet Readiness Center Southwest:
    • college level junior/seniors
    • in aerospace, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering
    • 8-2 pm
  7. NV5:
    • college level sophomore-seniors
    • in civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical engineering
    • 9-1 pm
  8. Ocean Discovery Institute:
    • college level juniors/seniors
    • in various STEM disciplines
    • 9-2 pm
  9. Rick Engineering Company:
    • high school juniors and above
    • in civil, environmental engineering
    • 9-2:30 pm
  10. UTC Aerospace Systems (Aerostructures):
    • college level freshmen-juniors
    • in aerospace, mechanical engineering
    • ~7:30/8-12:30/1 pm

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