PEEC (Program for an Engineering Education Community) is a living learning community program for first-year engineering students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Linked courses, along with the residential living component and other co-curricular experiences provided for the students in the program, are designed to create a fully integrated learning experience and further the student’s interest and success in pursuing careers in the engineering disciplines. Examples of co-curricular programs that will be offered to PEEC participants are an engineering-oriented “Explore Los Angeles Program” and community based course projects.

The Engineering Living Learning Community is designed for first year Engineer students. Participants in this community will receive support and guidance in the classroom as well as their living community. This community is housed in Del Rey South.

For more information about PEEC and how to enroll in the program, please contact the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at (310) 338-2834 for additional details.

Classroom Experience

The PEEC classroom environment will differ from a traditional lecture-based course. While the content is the same as the standard curriculum, the students will attend most classes together or in subgroups. This provides the opportunity for students to work on multi- and interdisciplinary projects under the direct guidance of professors in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and English. In addition, all PEEC students will be enrolled in a workshop course designed to help students navigate challenges and explore the opportunities for first year engineering students. The PEEC curricular and co-curricular activities will be enhanced by the intensive use of technology. The focus of these technology-rich and interdisciplinary courses will be engineering design and analysis. Students will learn engineering by doing engineering and learn engineering communication by talking and writing about engineering.
The ENGR 190 course will run in the spring semester as a continuation of the fall ENGR 100 course. The ENGR 100 and 190 courses hold the objective to provide freshmen engineering students with insight and tools required for solving engineering analysis and design problems. A key element of the courses is a community-based project where teams of students design, build, and analyze a project in collaboration with non-profit outreach oriented agencies in the Los Angeles area. In addition, the courses will serve as an introduction to areas of study and career opportunities within the engineering disciplines. They will also assist in acquiring the skills and information necessary to becoming successful engineering students at LMU.

Residence Hall Experience

All students enrolled in PEEC will live in the living-learning community designated for them in Del Rey South. Living in the community will allow students to build close relationships and enable them to learn together and from one another as they experience the challenging integrated coursework especially designed for them. The community will be staffed with two resident advisers (RAs) who are engineering students. The RAs will be responsible for building community on the floor and planning activities and programs for the residents. In addition, they will accompany the students on the “Explore Los Angeles” trips and be available on the floor as an academic resource.

Community Based Experience

The week before fall semester begins, all students enrolled in PEEC will participate in a pre-college experience to help them become acquainted with one another, the PEEC faculty, LMU, and the Los Angeles area. The students will have an opportunity to get settled into their community a day before the majority of new students arrive, which will allow them to begin to form bonds and friendships prior to tackling the challenging, yet rewarding, coursework that lies ahead. In addition to this pre-college experience, there will be other trips throughout the year to some of Los Angeles’ well-known engineering sites and local areas of scientific and technological interest.

Meet the PEEC Resident Advisors 

Andre Vartanian, Resident Advisor

Andre Vartanian is currently a Sophomore studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He was a PEEC member last year and was born and raised in the sunny city of Los Angeles and enjoys recreational activities including, but not limited to, video games, soccer, spikeball, fishing, cooking (and eating). He chose to become an RA due to the possibility of building community with the students, especially first years, and helping them with their transition into college life.

Sal Odinga, Resident Advisor

Sai Odinga is originally from Sugar Land, TX. Her major is civil engineering and she spends her time studying at the Hannon Library. In her free time, Sai enjoys eating, traveling with friends and family and singing. Sai is very spontaneous at times, always down to go on new adventures.


For more information, contact Seaver College of Science and Engineering at (310) 338-2834.

Or email Tyler J. Strohl, PEEC Student Affairs Coordinator/Resident Director, Del Rey South Hall.