May 16 - June 6, 2019

There are a limited number of spots available for this program so please apply early. The program is open to all sophomore and junior students in engineering.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018


ENGR 290: Engineering in a Global & Societal Context is a 3-week pre-summer program designed for students interested in developing their sensitivity to a broad range of topics impacting engineering including ethical, environmental, economic, regulatory and global issues.

The location and theme changes from year to year. This years ENGR 290 program will aim to see and learn about large scale electric power production from a range of sustainable energy technologies (hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, PV, etc.), environmental and sustainability practices in Costa Rica at multiple levels (e.g. residential, commercial), and sustainable agriculture. We will also explore cultural aspects of Costa Rica including its rich history, current policies related to sustainability and their techno-economic impact, as well as the opinions of modern Costa Ricans with respect to sustainability in general. We will also visit "eco-tourism" sites to experience one of the most compelling reasons behind Costa Rica's staunch protection of its local flora and fauna.