For Community Partners

EPICS is an engineering-centered, multidisciplinary, design program. In EPICS, teams of students partner with local community and governmental organizations to create real-world solutions.

Sample projects include:
  • Aquaponic system that integrates the Internet of Things to nutrient levels and pH of the system. The community partner is the Tech Museum.
  • Rover that uses machine learning to detect endangered species in local waterways
  • CNC equipment for MakerSpace.
  • An app that connects students to excess food sources.
  • Smart locker systems with integrated charging devises for homeless organizations
EPICS works best when:
  • EPICS works with committed partners to design, develop, deliver and support real projects in our local community
  • Our partners and EPICS work together to support the education of the students as we develop benefits for our local community.
EPICS does not work as well:
  • For partners expecting quick design and delivery.
  • Projects that don't align with the academic calendar
  • Projects that have no engineering or computing design work.
All EPICS partners are non-profit community organizations, educational or governmental agencies. Community partners are based on the following:
  • Significance- not all projects can be undertaken, so partners whose projects should provide the greatest benefit to the community are given priority.
  • Level of Technology- projects must be challenging to, but within the capabilities of, undergraduates. While EPICS draws from many disciplines, each team must have an engineering design component.
  • Expected Duration- projects that will span several semesters or even years offer the greatest opportunity for our students to participate in an extensive design experience.
Project Partner Commitment

A crucial element of the program has been the commitment of individuals in the partner organizations to work with the students. Expectations of our partners include:

  • Meeting with the students three times each semester
  • Responding via email or phone every one or two weeks
  • Agreement to assume liability for projects after completed and delivered
  • Agreement to participate in the maintenance and service of delivered project
Availability of appropriate students and mentors

EPICS works very hard to attract a broad base of students but there are projects that require specific expertise. We may need to limit the number of projects that require specific expertise depending on the availability of students with that expertise as well as the availability of qualified faculty, staff or community advisors for the teams.


No costs are required from the partners for typical development of EPICS projects. For large projects or projects that may need to be replicated in large numbers, outside funding may be required with the expectation that EPICS would work with the community partner to secure this funding.


To become a community partner for the EPICS program, you must first be registered in the California State University database at Registration requires some basic information for your organization, and the University Organization Agreement (UOA).

If you have a potential EPICS project and have a question, please contact the EPICS at