May 13 - June 5, 2016 in Chile

Required Course: ENGR 290 Engineering in a Global/Societal Context


Engineering in a Global and Societal Context is a three-week study abroad course in which students experience the global and societal context of engineering including the impact of traditions, customs, and culture on engineering. This course can be counted as an Integrated Perspective (IP) Course.

The 2016 program will feature travel in Chile with a theme of Engineering in Extreme Environments. Ecologically Chile has the driest desert in the world, the highest peaks outside of Asia, volcanoes, and glaciers, as well as flora and fauna found nowhere else. The goal of ENGR 290 in Chile is for students to experience how technology interacts with such a diverse and extreme environment, and how Chilean society has been constructed around this interaction. During the trip students will visit some of the largest telescopes in the world, the largest open mines in the world and the Gran Torre (tallest building in Central and South America and the second tallest building in the southern hemisphere, has withstood an 8.8 magnitude earthquake). Students will also engage in a 4-day design project with Chilean students from the Masters of Innovation and Design program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Villarrica. The 2016 course will place a special emphasis on language in addition to engineering and culture.


All continuing engineering majors in good standing who have completed their sophomore or junior year at the time of the course are invited to apply. Information sessions will be available early in the Fall semester. Students who have completed their first year in engineering may apply and will be considered based upon available space and their qualifications. Students in allied majors (physical sciences, mathematics) may also be eligible and should contact faculty directors for more information.

This course will involve traveling through ancient and modern sites as well as hiking in a variety of terrains (sometimes steep or uneven) and weather conditions. Each person will be responsible for handling their own luggage.


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