An Evening of Discovery and Cultural Connection

2nd Annual IKE Engineering Student Symposium

Honolulu Community College
Billie K T Lueder, (808) 845-9187
Communications & External Affairs, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Sep 12, 2013

IKE students with their guitars they built.
IKE students with their guitars they built.
Students constructed their own amplifiers.
Students constructed their own amplifiers.

(Honolulu) – On Friday, September 13, 165 students, educators, and industry professionals will gather for the 2nd annual student symposium featuring student project presentations supported through the Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (ʻIKE) Program.

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIKE

“In doing, one gains Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering”

ʻIKE Student Symposium

Friday, September 13, 2013

4:00 PM –8:30 PM

Honolulu Community College Cafeteria & Building 2


The event will draw together students from the six University of Hawaiʻi campuses: Honolulu Community College, Leeward Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Windward Community College, Maui College, and the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Younger students will learn from each other and more senior engineering students, which perpetuates the ʻIKE collaboration. 

Visual projects on display that evening will range from designing a renewable energy personal power supply to water treatment through bionanotechnology to designing and building a payload that simulates the landing of a satellite on a planet surface.  The purpose of this gathering is to foster stronger connections across University of Hawaiʻi campuses, Native Hawaiian communities, and the engineering industry.

Dr. Michael Chun, Headmaster Emeritus for Kamehameha Schools Kapalāma, and a former Engineer will share his insights on shaping leadership through cultural values as the evening’s keynote speaker.

The ‘IKE Scholars Program is part of the University of Hawaiʻi Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative (PEEC), funded by a four million dollar National Science Foundation grant (HRD-1037827).  PEEC is a six-campus collaboration focused on creating a framework supportive of Native Hawaiian and underrepresented pre-engineering students, with special attention for students started their Pre-Engineering journeys at the community colleges.  Since the start of the ‘IKE Scholars Program, nearly 250 students have completed the Summer Engineering Experiences, participated in undergraduate research projects, and excelled in industry internships.

Several of the ‘IKE Scholars are rising leaders at their home campuses as well as nationally.  ‘IKE Scholars have been part of a National award-winning CAN-SAT team, who took first place at the International Competition this past June 2013; where after 8 months, they designed, built, and launched a space-related mission in Abilene, Texas.