The Problem-based Initiatives for Powerful Engagement and Learning In Naval Engineering and Science (PIPELINES) is a collaborative project of University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) at Port Hueneme.

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 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 EXWC engineers. Military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

During the week, student teams work at NAVFAC EXWC laboratories. The Applied Innovation and Creativity Course, seminars, and skill development workshops are offered on Fridays at UCSB. Transportation is provided.

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

Program Activities & Career Exploration

Work in a team on Navy R&D projects at NAVFAC EXWC Port Hueneme
Network with University scientists and Navy Professional
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
Leadership and teamwork
Science communication - design and delivery of an oral scientific presentation

Summer Program Details

Community college interns are paid $4,000 for 8 weeks. Interns are not allowed to hold other jobs or attend summer courses during the internship.

Students from under-represented backgrounds, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



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