Pacific Tigers Engineering Abroad (PacTEA)

Nicaragua: January 2018

what we do

Pacific Tigers Engineering Abroad (PacTEA) is a group from University of the Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science who design solutions for international engineering problems. We traveled to Masaya, Nicaragua in January 2018 on our group's fifth trip to attempt over twenty projects in ten days.

Our Current Project List


Who we are

Dr. Elizabeth Basha

Dr. Basha is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the Pacific. She founded PacTEA in September 2015 and is passionate about providing engineering solutions for the residents of Nicaragua along with sharing her vision with students. This is her sixth trip to Nicaragua.

Giselle Aranda

Giselle is a sophomore at the University of the Pacific studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. She likes long walks on the beach and listening to music. This is Giselle's first trip to Nicaragua with PacTEA.

Derek Eells

Derek is a senior at the University of the Pacific studying Computer Engineering. He designed the One Laptop Per Child Octopus Charger Prime and enjoys all things automotive. This is Derek's fifth trip to Nicaragua with PacTEA.

Zachary Shields

Zach is a senior at the University of the Pacific studying Mechanical Engineering. He also plays for the University Rugby team and hopes to use his engineering skills to help the people of Nicaragua. This is Zach's first trip to Nicaragua with PacTEA.

Trevor Speckman

Trevor is a senior at the University of the Pacific studying for his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MSES in Computer Engineering. He enjoys playing/listening to music and is excited to use his engineering skills in Nicaragua. This is Trevor's first trip to Nicaragua with PacTEA.

Cristian Villalobos

Cristian is a sophomore at the University of the Pacific studying Computer Engineering. He is the treasurer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and would like to spread awareness about STEM to underprivileged communities. This is Cristian's first trip to Nicaragua with PacTEA.