Students of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering recently visited NOVO Engineering to learn about careers in product development engineering. The event, which was hosted by NOVO for students in 2017 and 2018 graduating classes, included a facility tour, project presentations, and lunch with NOVO’s UCSD alumni. Luciana Xavier of UCSD’s Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), and Jesse DeWald, who manages UCSD’s Envision Maker Studio, helped to identify appropriate students for the visit.

“I enjoyed learning about the different aspects that go into developing a new product, from prototyping to firmware and software,” said student Winson Wong, who is enrolled in a master’s program for medical device engineering and is interested in hardware development.

Students toured NOVO’s CNC machine shop, rapid prototyping facilities, test lab, and assembly labs. “We are really proud of the investment in our facility, and wanted to highlight that in our tour,” said NOVO CEO and founder Dan Kline. NOVO engineers have described the facility as a place that has “everything you need for product development in one place.”

NOVO, with more than a dozen alumni from the Jacobs School of Engineering on its staff of about 60 engineers, planned the event to illustrate to young engineers the opportunity for creative problem solving and innovation that a career in product development offers.