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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.



E-Challenge Leadership Transition Meetings

The UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge is looking for new team members for next year and we have a number of leadership positions open.


Everyone interested in Entrepreneurship, the San Diego community, Venture Capital, or just in networking is encouraged to attend one of these meetings. You will also get hands on experience running marketing and fundraising campaigns and event coordination. Don't miss this opportunity.


We are looking to fill the following positions.

  • CEO or Co-Chairs
  • Chief of Staff / Sponsorship
  • CFO
  • COO
  • CMO
    • Director of Outreach
    • Director of Communications
  • CTO


Leadership will be responsible for putting together events, raising funds, and generally promoting Entrepreneurship on campus.


These are all excellent opportunities for students to gain experience and recognition in a major University and Community organization.


For more information email either Peter Pruess or David Eichhorn or take a look at the organization's website


Position Announcement

The Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service program, the Jacobs School's innovative program in humanitarian engineering, has an opening for a Fellow in Humanitarian Engineering (Teaching Assistant) for the 2014-15 academic year. The Fellow assists in the instruction of two upper-division engineering courses: ENG 100D, Design for Development, and ENG 100L, Design for Development Lab. The Fellow also helps coordinate the work of a team of undergraduate advisors and advises the program's student organization. Additional responsibilities include advising projects, updating the program's web sites and social networking sites, developing the program's alumni association, and other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director. This is a half-time (20 hours per week) 9.5-month appointment, beginning in September 2014. The salary is $1923.22 per month. Qualified candidates must have had prior experience as a student in the Global TIES program or equivalent experience. Preference will be given to students who will be enrolled in UC San Diego graduate degree programs during the 2014-15 academic year.


For more information, please contact: Mandy Bratton, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global TIES, To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by Monday, May 16, 2014, will receive priority consideration.




The BLUM Cross-Border Initiative (Deadline: May 12th, 2014)

The BLUM Cross-Border Initiative is a new undergraduate program, housed in the UCSD Center on Global Justice, focused on interdisciplinary, undergraduate, community-engaged research and training on regional poverty. In collaboration with: The Global Health minor The Human Rights minor Global TIES The Sixth College Practicum We are pleased to announce the first BLUM Summer Field Internship and stipend. In this pilot session BLUM will collaborate with four undergraduate practica across the campus, with the goal of expanding to include other practica in future sessions. In Summer 2014, students from the Global Health minor, Global TIES, the Human Rights minor and the Sixth College Practicum are eligible to apply for a two month internship in July and August, in the San Diego - Tijuana border region, examining issues of health, illness and wellbeing; environmental and urban challenges; engineering and technical problem solving; human rights and social justice; and the role of arts and culture in underserved communities.


Interns will conduct fieldwork in multi-disciplnary teams to appreciate the complexity and interconnection in real world community engagement regarding issues of social justice, and the necessity of learning to communicate and collaborate across knowledges. Teams will rotate between two community-based organizations - Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, California and Alter Terra in the Los Laureles canyon in Tijuana, Mexico. In the Fall quarter, 2014, interns will participate in a bi-weekly BLUM Workshop, to explore a shared set of readings on the ethics, theories and practices of intervention, and to communicate what has been learned.


Two students per program will be selected for the internship, based on responses to the application available at the link below. Participating students will receive a stipend of $1500 per month from the UCSD / BLUM Initiative for the two months of summer participation. Participation will fulfill the field experience or practica requirement for each program represented, and enrollment in the fall quarter workshop will in some cases count as elective credit (please check with your program coordinator). Successful applicants wishing to register for summer course credit will have the ability to do so. Applications are due by Monday, May 12th and applicants will be notified by May 20th.


Application available online here. For inquiries, contact Carol Hudson:



Global TIES is looking for Outstanding Students and Faculty! (Deadline: May 9th, 2014)

Global TIES is currently seeking outstanding student leaders for its 2014-15 undergraduate advisor staff! As an undergraduate advisor in the Global TIES program, you have the opportunity to work closely with teams and individual students, hone your technical, leadership. communication, and mentorig skills, and be part of a dynamic and fun staff.


Undergraduate advisors are expected to work an average of 5-10 hours per week (depending on team assignment) for a rate of $15.36 per hour. Applications can be submitted here:


Undergraduate Advisor Applications


Priority will be given to applications received by midnight, May 9th.


Global TIES is also looking for faculty to serve as project advisors. If you would like to nominate a faculty member, please send a brief email with his/her name and contact info and 1-2 sentences about why you think he/she would make a good advisor, to Mandy at




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