The Problem-based Initiatives for Powerful Engagement and Learning In Naval Engineering and Science (PIPELINES) is a collaborative project of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the three Naval Commands at Port Hueneme and Point Mugu:

  1. Naval Facilities (NAVFAC)
  2. Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA)
  3. Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR)

PIPELINES participants are engineering and science undergraduates, who work in teams on real-world Naval engineering and science design projects, under the guidance of Navy engineers and UCSB graduate student mentors. Student teams compete in designing the most innovative and effective designs within an eight-week time frame. The program culminates with a technical presentation and contest for a review panel composed of Faculty (UCSB, Community Colleges) and Port Hueneme engineers at the three Naval Commands. Military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

During the week, student teams work at the three Naval Commands laboratories in Port Hueneme or Point Mugu. The Applied Innovation and Creativity Course, seminars, and skill development workshops are offered on Fridays at UCSB. Transportation is faciliated.

PIPELINES is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Program Activities & Career Exploration

  • Work in a team on Navy R&D projects at one of the three Naval Commands at Port Hueneme or Point Mugu
  • Network with University scientists and Navy Professionals
  • Explore civilian STEM careers in the Navy
  • Get mentoring and advising by UCSB faculty, graduate students, staff, and Navy Professionals
  • Identify strategies for transfer and academic success at the University

Skills Development

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Technical training and engineering design
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Science communication - design and delivery of an oral scientific presentation

Summer Program Details

Community college interns are paid $4,700 for 8 weeks. Interns are not allowed to hold other jobs or attend summer courses during the internship.

Students from groups underrepresented (underrepresented minorities in science and engineering, first-generation to graduate from college, low-income, veterans, and persons with disabilities) in STEM fields are encouraged to apply.



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