The Engineering Magnet Program (EMP) began in the fall of 2013. Directed by Dr. Jan Kilduff, this four-year program prepares students for an engineering curriculum in college and potential future careers in engineering. Dr. Kilduff's extensive background in the sciences and engineering (including employment at Lockheed Martin, NASA, Westinghouse, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency) has led him to emphasize hands-on laboratory experiments and project-based learning in his classes.
Students will be exposed to a variety of engineering specializations, such as aerospace, chemical, industrial, civil, chemical, and electrical engineering, so they are able to make informed decisions about whether to enter the engineering field.
The JSerra EMP course sequence will expose students to hands-on, real-world problem-solving. Students will learn and apply the design process (EMP students learn a 3D CAD software called AutoDesk Professional in their freshman year), acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
How do you know if you have a child who might like engineering? Dr. Kilduff says it’s relatively easy to identify a future engineer: “If your child loves to build things or take them apart, you might have an engineer on your hands. If they love to make something more intricate and complex just because they’re fascinated by the process, they're an engineer. These traits are not restricted only to boys -- the opportunities for women in engineering are tremendous, and all female students should feel encouraged to explore engineering if they display those traits. The field of engineering is so broad that there is plenty of room for inquisitive minds to do great things and achieve success!"