The first Cohort of the Academy during orientation in August
the fall semester kicked off at Irvine Valley College (IVC) last month, the
first cohort of 31 students began the UCI-IVC Engineering Academy, a new
partnership between the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and IVC. The
academy offers an opportunity for students to study at IVC for two years before
transferring to UCI with a declared major in the Henry Samueli School of
year, roughly 600 students narrowly miss the margin for admittance to UCI’s
School of Engineering. With IVC offering a complete engineering transfer
program just a short distance away, a partnership between the two institutions was
a perfect fit.
completing their transfer coursework at IVC through the engineering academy,
students enter UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the junior level.
Classes take place at IVC’s recently opened School of Integrated, Design,
Engineering and Automation (IDEA) located in Tustin.
is one of the few community colleges in California that offers engineering
courses required for transfer,” says IVC President Glenn Roquemore. “It’s a
huge benefit to students in the region. This type of partnership wouldn’t be
possible without our long-lasting relationship with UCI.”
engineering program gives students the scholastic foundation they need to be
successful at UCI.
a very high level of academic rigor within the engineering courses at IVC,”
says Matthew Wolken, IVC Department Chair for the School of IDEA. “During the two years they attend IVC,
students will take university-level courses with hands-on instruction, allowing
them to hit the ground running when they arrive at UCI.”
Meet an IVC engineering graduate and UCI student
IVC engineering student Fernando Kawall, who will graduate from UCI’s
engineering program this winter, says he’s grateful for how well IVC prepared
him for UCI’s engineering program.
IVC grad and current UCI engineer student, Fernando Kawall
math and physics classes in particular put me ahead of everyone else,” Kawall
said. “My physics professor Alec Sims taught me so much in his lab classes. Every
single lab I took at UCI, I got an A because I was prepared.”
holds IVC in such high esteem that he now serves as an ambassador for the UCI-IVC
“IVC made such a positive impact on me in my life that I want to be able to share that with other students,” Kawall said. “I can give them my own perspective of studying engineering at both IVC and UCI.”
Fernando Kawall spoke at the Academy reception in May
says two professors, Alec Sims and Sanjai Gupta, were particularly influential
in helping him plan for his education and future career. Kawal left his home
country of Brazil in 2012 to continue a career in professional skateboarding in
the states. An injury soon brought his skateboarding aspirations to an end,
redirecting his attention to his schooling.
“I initially thought I wanted to study
physics,” Kawall said. “I knew I wanted to do something hands-on, but still
related to physics. Professors Sims and Gupta helped me to understand the
differences between the two fields and I eventually realized electrical
engineering is what I would like to pursue.”
Kawall graduates from UCI this winter, he will continue at UCI, pursuing a graduate
degree in electrical engineering.
more information about the UCI-IVC Academy, visit atep.ivc.edu/academy.