Engineering Service Learning students engage in a variety of projects that benefit the community.

Innovate to Grow 2014

Student Winners take a group photo with organizers and sponsors at the conclusion of the Awards Program.
Lighting assembly, designed as part of an ME170 senior project, might one day be used to light the interior of the National Ignition Facility at LLNL.
Team HiFIVE created an app that makes information about campus events easily accessible to all members of the UC Merced community.

Innovate to Grow

A panel of distinguished judges and special guests pause for a group shot after a full day of competition and judging at the Inaugural Innovate to Grow event in 2012.

Innovate to Grow

Inaugural Innovate to Grow Finals Panel in action.

Showcasing Our Culture of Innovation at UC Merced

Innovate to Grow is the annual showcase of UC Merced student creativity. The innovation and entrepreneurial thinking embedded in our culture are signatures of our programs and highlight the unique student experience for undergraduate students on our campus.

This year, our third annual Innovate to Grow event encompasses three signature threads of our campus's innovation culture:

  • The Innovation and Design Clinic (IDC) is the capstone project experience for
    cross-functional teams of graduating seniors who collaborate with partner
    organizations and industries to define engineering problems, discover
    solutions and demonstrate their results.
  • The Mobile App Challenge encourages students to develop innovative mobile applications for today’s most pressing societal needs. Students participate via co-curricular projects or projects based on their software engineering CS120 Team.
  • Engineering Service Learning is UC Merced’s cornerstone engineering experience, designed to expose first-year students to the power of engineering; and, through continuing partnerships with local nonprofits, design meaningful solutions to the challenges they face.

Adding to the more than $20,000 in prizes for outstanding teams, this year, the Accelerator Award ($25,000) will go to the project with the most commercial potential that would benefit the most from seed funding.

Everyone – the campus community and the public – is invited to Innovate to Grow 2014 on May 16 to see the amazing results of these projects. The work these teams perform will have long-lasting implications, not only for the students and partnering organizations, but also for the wider community, the state, the nation and, potentially, the world.

Click here for our event flyer.  For more on the programs featured during Innovate to Grow, read more about us here.

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