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Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (‘IKE) Program @ WCC


‘IKE is a six-campus University of Hawai’i System collaboration to help increase access to a quality pre-engineering education supportive of Native Hawaiian students, regardless of their starting point in the UH System.  Eligible WCC students interested in majoring in engineering participate in various programs including summer bridge programs, undergraduate research projects, peer mentoring, and faculty advising.  Students are also regularly updated on scholarship/financial aid, job/internships, volunteer, and other enrichment opportunities.

If you are interested in joining ‘IKE please complete the student interest form and submit it to the current faculty mentor or ‘IKE Campus Contact listed below. 

Download the Pre-Engineering Student Interest Form (PDF)

WCC ‘IKE Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisors are available for pre-engineering academic advising and mentoring.  Students must check-in with an advisor at least twice a semester.  The advisor will identify student needs and guide the student to available resources.

‘IKE Faculty Advisor:

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
Joseph Ciotti
Hale 'Imiloa 134

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Jean Okumura
Hale Mana‘opono 112A

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Weiling Landers
Hale Mana‘opono 105A

Fall 2011 - Srping 2012
Letty Colmenares
Hale 'Imiloa 116

WCC ‘IKE Campus Contact / Evaluation Specialist: Heather Stroupe

Summer Engineering Experiences (SEEs)

SEEs are a sequence of summer programs that feature math courses, hands on engineering projects and explore engineering in Hawaii.  For more information and to apply visit:  Deadlines are typically during the Spring semesters.

  1. SEE1 hosted at Kapiolani Community College
  2. SEE2 hosted at UH Maui College
  3. SEE3 hosted at UH Manoa College of Engineering

Semester & Summer Undergraduate Research Projects 

Undergraduate research projects give students a chance to participate in research projects mentored by a faculty member. The students conduct these projects in both laboratory and field environments gaining valuable hands-on, research, and engineering experience. Through these research opportunities, students develop and refine critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students also begin developing professional networks with other research students and faculty mentors.

Projects that WCC ‘IKE students have worked on in the past include:

    1. NASA Student Launch Project (SLP) w/ Joe Ciotti and Jake Hudson (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014)
    2. Aquaponics Research w/ Clyde Tamaru (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
    3. Portable Cooler Project w/ Dave Ringuette (Summer 2013)
    4. CANSAT Project w/ Herve Collin (Summer 2013)

If you are interested in participating in an undergraduate research project, download the following form and submit it to the current ‘IKE Faculty Mentor listed above.

WCC ‘IKE Internship Application Form (PDF)

Forms to download

Other Resources

‘IKE Website:
‘IKE Blog:

Other ‘IKE Collaborations: Kapiolani CC, Leeward CC, Honolulu CC, Windward CC, UH Maui College, UH Manoa College of Engineering

NSF logoThe ‘IKE Program is supported by the National Science Foundation Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, Award HRD-103









September 30, 2014