Alumni

Graduates of the DPEA

DPEA alumni have an excellent track record of college entry, including a broad selection of top universities. This list shows the colleges attended by graduates from 2006 to 2015. (Note that this list does not include all the colleges to which alumni were admitted but did not attend.)

  • UC Berkeley (60)
  • UC Santa Barbara (51)
  • Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (44)
  • UC Los Angeles (33)
  • Santa Barbara City College (31)
  • UC San Diego (18)
  • UC Davis (12)
  • University of Southern California (12)
  • UC Irvine (11)
  • San Diego State University (8)
  • Stanford University (8)
  • Harvey Mudd College (6)
  • UC Santa Cruz (9)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (7)
  • Santa Clara University (5)
  • Yale University (5)
  • California Institute of Technology (5)
  • Columbia University (4)
  • Loyola Marymount University (4)
  • University of Chicago (4)
  • University of Michigan (4)
  • Brown University (3)
  • Cornell University (3)
  • Duke University (3)
  • Harvard University (3)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (5)
  • Princeton University (3)
  • UC Riverside (4)
  • Cal Poly - Pomona (2)
  • Johns Hopkins University (2)
  • New York University (2)
  • Occidental College (2)
  • Olin College of Engineering (2)
  • San Francisco State University (2)
  • Whitman College (2)
  • University of Colorado (3)
  • University of New Mexico (2)
  • University of San Diego (1)
  • Virginia Tech (3)
  • Amherst College (2)
  • University of British Columbia (1)
  • Baldwin Wallace (1)
  • Brighan Young University Provo (1)
  • Northwestern (1)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (1)
  • Western Washington University (1)
  • Arizona State University (1)
  • AMDA (1)
  • Azuza Pacific (1)
  • Biola University (1)
  • Brandeis University (1)
  • Brewery (1)
  • Cal State University, Chico (1)
  • Cal State University, Long Beach (1)
  • Cal State University, Northridge (1)
  • Case Western Reserve University (1)
  • Chapman University (2)
  • Dartmouth College (1)
  • Davidson College (1)
  • Embry Riddle Daytona Beach (1)
  • Franciscan University (1)
  • Gonzaga University (2)
  • Jacobs University (1)
  • Macalester College (1)
  • Marist College (1)
  • The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (1)
  • Oregon State University (1)
  • Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts (1)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (2)
  • Smith College (1)
  • Swarthmore College (1)
  • Seattle University (2)
  • UC Merced (2)
  • United States Air Force Academy (1)
  • United States Naval Academy (1)
  • University of Alabama (1)
  • University of Glasgow (1)
  • University of Idaho (1)
  • University of La Verne (1)
  • University of Miami (1)
  • University of Nebraska (1)
  • University of Nevada (1)
  • University of Oregon (1)
  • University of Pennsylvania (1)
  • University of Portland (1)
  • University of Puget Sound (1)
  • University of Texas (1)
  • University of the Pacific (1)
  • University of Washington (2)
  • Vassar College (1)
  • Westmont College (2)
  • Wheaton College (1)

 

Although most graduates have pursued science and technology, the spectrum of major fields of study is wide:

  • Engineering, Mechanical (102)
  • Computer Science (29)
  • Engineering, General or Other (24)
  • Biology (19)
  • Engineering, Electrical and Computer Science (14)
  • Engineering, Biomedical (15)
  • Business (10)
  • Engineering, Electrical (10)
  • Physics (9)
  • Economics (7)
  • Molecular & Cell Biology (8)
  • Bioengineering (7)
  • BFA Preformances and Practices
  • Math (7)
  • Engineering Physics (6)
  • Engineering, Civil (5)
  • Engineering, Chemical (8)
  • Environmental Science (5)
  • Chemistry (4)
  • Engineering, Computer (6)
  • Kinesiology (4)
  • Music (4)
  • Psychology (5)
  • Engineering, Industrial (3)
  • Industrial Design (4)
  • Marketing (3)
  • Material Science (1)
  • Musical Theatre and Dance (1) 
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
  • Manufacturing University (1)
  • Nursing (3)
  • Neuroscience (3)
  • Architecture (2)
  • Arts, Technology, and The Business of Innovation (2)
  • Astrophysics (2)
  • Biochemistry (3)
  • Engineering, Aerospace (2)
  • History (2)
  • International Business (2)
  • Physiology (2)
  • Political Science (3)
  • Psychobiology (2)
  • Screenwriting (2)
  • Theater (2)
  • African Studies (1)
  • American Sign Language Interpretation (1)
  • Art/Business/Design (1)
  • Agricultural Engineering (1)
  • Bioinformatics (1)
  • Biopsychology (1)
  • Classics and Philosophy (1)
  • Creative Writing (1)
  • Digital Arts/Visual Effects (1)
  • Ecology (1)
  • English (1)
  • English and Religious Studies (1)
  • Fashion Merchandising (1)
  • Film Production (1)
  • Geophysics (1)
  • Human Physiology (1)
  • Human Biology (1)
  • Industrial Technology (2)
  • Animal Sciences (1)
  • Animation(1)
  • Integrative Physiology (1)
  • Integral Biology and Marine Science (1)
  • Latin American Studies (1)
  • Liberal Studies (1)
  • Literature (1)
  • Ocean Engineering (1)
  • Religious Studies (1)
  • Robotic Engineering (1)
  • Sociology (1)
  • Speech Pathology (1)
  • Vocal Performance (1)

 

The overall proportion of 2006 to 2014 graduates selecting a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) is 86%, with this proportion 88% for women and 84% for men.

 


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What do Our Graduates Say About the Program?

If I had not participated in the Academy and Robotics and been given that little extra nudge of confidence as a female in engineering, I likely would not have chosen Mechanical Engineering as a major and career path--a choice I am so happy I made. Female graduate, Class of 2008

This is a phenomenal Academy. People in the industry don’t understand how well it prepares people for the world. Male graduate, Class of 2010

Robotics helped me realize the importance of taking the initiative. Female graduate, Class of 2012

I feel like I ended up leading a lot of my design groups all the way through college just because there was context to me when I think that there wasn’t context for other people. And I definitely think that this is where I got it. Male graduate, Class of 2007

The skills I learned in the Engineering Academy prepared me for the "real world". No matter how long I've been out of high school I still feel connected to Team 1717. Go D'Penguineers! Female graduate, Class of 2007

The things you learn through hands-on work will stick with you for the rest of your life, making you a better candidate and a better individual for ANY job. Male graduate, Class of 2006

Engineering was a phrase that kind of scared me, and the Academy taught me that I could totally be an engineer. Female graduate, Class of 2009

What I learned here you can’t put a price on. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Male graduate, Class of 2011

The DPEA is a place to learn life skills such as leadership, responsibility, and commitment as well as academic knowledge. In order to build a robot, our team members pushed ourselves to our limits, working into the early mornings of school nights and weekends. Through robotics I experienced what it is like to collectively work towards a goal, and ultimately see the effect of our hard work--a robot. One of the best parts was how much I was learning even though I didn't feel like I was in school. Female graduate, Class of 2012

The DPEA effectively initiates its students into the realm of business, where teamwork, clever problem-solving, and administrative concerns regarding budget, publicity, and human relations are key. The project-based curriculum challenges students to take a step out of their academic comfort zones and shows them the reward of their risks: the finished product. The DPEA bestowed me with confidence, professionalism, and inquisitiveness that have no doubt prepared me for adulthood and life beyond college. Female graduate, Class of 2012

Before the Engineering Academy I had always planned on becoming an actress. Without the Academy I would have never gotten a chance to explore other options and would never found a love for creating and designing which I am able to now accomplish through engineering. Female graduate, Class of 2012

I used the group project skills I learned in Robotics in early engineering assignments in college. Knowing how to organize people and use people's strengths gave me an advantage in those classes. Female graduate, Class of 2007

My experience with the DPEA introduced me to skills and ways of thinking which I likely would not have otherwise encountered. Though I have gone on to work and study in fields unrelated to engineering, I still regularly draw upon the lessons from the DPEA for success. Male graduate, Class of 2009

From my previous internships to my college career and at my current position, I constantly utilize the critical thinking and problem analysis skills that the DPEA has helped promote to every student. Mr. Shaeer is also one of the best teachers/mentors that I have had (even counting my college professors) and he is truly an outstanding instructor and motivator. And one of the most important aspects of the program is that it is FUN! Male graduate, Class of 2007

What I love most about the Robotics team is how it allows students to grow in every aspect, from learning how to use a lathe to writing grants to interacting with the judges at the competitions. It really engages students to become leaders of their own learning while simultaneously providing them with skills that are essential for the rest of their life. Female graduate, Class of 2010

I didn’t really think about engineering as an option until the Academy. It really opened my eyes to what I was capable of. Female graduate, Class of 2007

The experience I gained from the DPEA snowballed into engineering design internship right out of high school and hasn't stopped providing that momentum through a Master's degree and my career at The Boeing Company. I still think very fondly of the amazing learning I received in the DPEA. Male graduate, Class of 2006