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State Contact Information

  • sdsu Dr. Duane Crum
    State Leader

    (858) 414-6534
  • PLTW Karen Latuner
    Director of School Engagement  PLTW

    (310) 977-3647
  • eastbay Dr. Oscar Wambuguh
    Director, Biomedical Science Affiliate
    Director, Prehealth Academic Program
    (510) 885-3252

  • sdsu Dr. Eugene Hirschkoff
    Director of Program Quality

    (619) 992-6301
  • sdsu  Michelle Bunn, MA
    Associate Director, Affiliate Institute
    School Programs Manager

    (619) 316-3015
  • sdsu Dr. Bruce Westermo
    Director, Engineering Affiliate Institute
    Associate Dean, College of Engineering

    (619) 594-7007

..::High School Program::..

Pathways to Engineering - The High School Engineering Program is a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college.

  • Principles of Engineering (POE) -
    A course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. 
  • Digital Electronics (DE) -
    A course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. 
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED or ID) -
    A course that teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. In NYS, the course is called Design and Drawing for Production and follows the syllabus developed by the State Education Department. 
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) -
    A course that applies principles of robotics and automation. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design, and Design and Drawing for Production. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included. 
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) -
    This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as: Project Planning,
    Site Planning
    Building Design
    Project Documentation and Presentation
  • Engineering Design and Development (EDD)  -
    An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year. 
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE) -
    The Aerospace Engineering curriculum is a systematic curriculum package that will introduce students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering.
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE)  -
    CSE implements the College Board’s 2013 CS Principles framework. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, robotics, and simulation. The course aligns with CSTA 3B standards. 
  • Biological Engineering (BE) -
    Biological Engineering is one of the specialty courses in the PLTW pre-engineering curriculum, which applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in biology, physics, technology, and mathematics. It includes experiences from the diverse fields of Bio-technology, Bio-engineering, Bio-medical engineering, and Bio-molecular engineering.