Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at San Jose State University

As featured on NBC Bay Area in their 12 Degrees of Inspiration series (2016)

History and Overview

The EPICS program originally started at Purdue University in 1995 and has since grown to include more than 20 other universities nationwide.  San Jose State University ran a pilot of the EPICS program in the 2015-16 academic year that included three multidisciplinary senior projects for three community partners.  In 2016-17, two new EPICS courses were added to the SJSU course catalog to allow lowerclassmen to join EPICS teams.

The premise behind EPICS is service learning.  The service to our community partners engages students, and illustrates the application of engineering and technology for the benefit of humankind.  It requires students to apply what they learned in the classroom to authentic, real-world engineering challenges, which develops strong design skills.  It also develops empathy, teamwork, communication and leadership, which are skills valued by industry and by society.  Finally, the opportunity to work with industry mentors provides professional practice and a glimpse into careers in engineering and technology.

To learn more about EPICS projects please browse the tabs at the top of the page.  To engage with EPICS at SJSU, please contact any member of the EPICS team.

News and Events

  • May 16, 2017. EPICS Showcase Event - details TBD
  • March 7, 2017. Design Review for Spring 2017 (6-8pm)
  • Oct 26, 2016. Design Review for Fall 2016
  • Aug 24, 2016.  First Day of Instruction for Fall 2016 
  • July, 2016.  Please welcome our new CSU VISTA!
    • Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar will be providing support for the EPICS program in 2016-17.  Many thanks to our outgoing VISTA, Romalyn Mirador, for all of her hard work in 2015-16.
  • Summer, 2016.  EPICS courses are open for Fall 2016 registration
    • ENGR 60SL (1 unit): for ENG majors with < 60 units
    • ENGR 160SL (1 unit): for ENG majors with > 60 units, not doing it for senior project credit
    • ENGR 195C (3 units):  for ENG majors with approval from their departments to substitute it for senior project
  • Summer 2016.  Five EPICS projects for 2016-17
    • Please check out the PROJECTS page for descriptions