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Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service is an innovative humanitarian engineering program of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  Global TIES puts multi-disciplinary teams of undergraduates to work building the dreams of not-for-profit organizations and their clients in San Diego and in developing countries around the world.  Renowned UC San Diego faculty and researchers advise the teams, and students receive course credit for their work.  Global TIES teams give students an invaluable opportunity to apply their skills in a real world setting, while learning firsthand the role that engineering and technology can play in solving the problems that face their local community and the world.  Not-for-profit organizations receive critically needed but often cost-prohibitive technical expertise to help them improve the lives of their clients.

Global TIES is one of three programs to earn UC San Diego a place of distinction on the U.S. President's 2010, 2011, and 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Attention: Sixth College Global TIES Students! (Deadline: May 9th, 2014)

Did you have an outstanding Practicum experience? Want to win an award for your work?

The Practicum Excellence Award is an opportunity to honor students from Sixth College who have participated in a practicum project that engaged and contributed to an academic, professional, or community group in a significant way.

     In order to apply students must submit:

      · A 1,000 word essay describing your practicum; the contribution you have made and how your

       practicum is connected to your personal/professional goals

      · A letter of support from a UCSD faculty member

      · Sample work (optional - i.e. photos, portfolios, presentations, final design products, etc.)

     Winners will receive:

      · Special Sixth College recognition at Commencement

      · Invitation to a Provost's reception and a certificate

      · $75 Triton Cash award

Students should submit their materials to by Friday, May 9th, 2014.


One Village Philippines project featured in thisweek@ucsandiego!

The Global TIES One Village Philippines project is focused on community development in partnership with client Gawad Kalinga. The team is currently designing three prototypes that address needs of alternative energy generation, typhoon-resistant housing, and access to potable water. Read the article and learn more about our incredible students HERE


Global TIES featured as cover article of Pulse!

Global TIES students Steven DelCastillo, Victoria Fu, Crystal Agoncillio, and Miles Anderson are featured in this quarter's issue of Pulse. The article is accessible online HERE


Additional Global TIES Tutor position available!

Global TIES is looking for an exceptional student to join our cadre of undergraduate project tutors. You will be responsible for one project as well as helping with upkeep of the Global TIES website and Drupal DB. The successful candidate will posess excellent project management and leadership skills as well as extensive experience with MySQL, HTML, and PHP.If interested, please send your resume and cover letter by Friday to Zach Salin at zsalin [at]


Web Design internship with Invisible Children for Global TIES student!

Invisible Children, one of our generation's most powerful humanitarian and social movements, is looking for a Global TIES student with experience in web design and web analytics for an internship opportunity. Click for a full job description outlining desired qualifications and requirements. If interested, please contact Zach Salin immediately at zsalin [at]

Jacobs School of Engineering interview with IICAS Human Rights Fellow and Global TIES student Kelsey Ellis!

Click HERE to read a pre-departure interview with Global TIES 20,000 Children - Akwatia, Ghana Undergraduate Project Tutor Kelsey Ellis as she gets ready to take atrip to Akwatia to conduct a water resource and technology survery to inform and guide her team's future progress!

Global TIES featured in UCSD@50's Engineering For Good program!

Global TIES was one of three programs from the Jacob's School of Engineering featured in a piece highlighting UCSD's ongoing commitment to service learning and engaged scholarship. The video depicts the One Village Philippines team working on their slow sand water filtration system, and features interviews with OVP team member and Global TIES program graduate Alan Toledo, as well as 20,000 Children - Akwatia, Ghana team memberand IICAS human rights fellow Kelsey Ellis.

Gawad Kalinga Founder, "Tito" Tony Meloto Visits Global TIES!

Tony Meloto, the founder of Gawad Kalinga, and the Schwab Foundation's 2010 Social Entrepreneur of the year honored Global TIES with a guest lecture on April 22nd, discussing the successes that Gawad Kalinga has achieved in the first pahse of their strategic plan, and the challenges they face as the organization moves on to the second phase. After lecture he hosted a roundtable discussion with students from the Global TIES One Village: Philippines team to learn about progress made on projects ranging from affordable wind-energy generators to designs for a typhoon-proof roof. This weekend, the One Village: Philippines team will present a video of their work at Gawad Kalinga's annual Hope Ball in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kelsey Ellis awarded IICAS Human Rights Fellowship

Global TIES student and Structural Engineering undergrad Kelsey Ellis was awarded a fellowship on from the Institute for International, Area, and Comparative Studies following a proposed field study of water and technology resources in Akwatia, Ghana in partnershi with GAIO, Global TIES' community client for the 20,000 Children project. After working on a proposal to design a photovoltaic installation for the library under construction in Akwatia in ENG100A, Kelsey joined the 20,000 Children project, which addresses issues of community water access, to continue her involvement with the community and client. Kelsey is planning to travelt to Ghana this summer, and is extremely excited to learn more about humanitarian engineering in the field!