As part of the School of Engineering Global Summers program, St. Thomas will send a team of senior design engineering students to Amman, Jordan to work with local organizations to develop engineering solutions that meet community needs on a unique program: Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments
. Drawing on the tenants of changemaking
, and in partnership with School for International Training (SIT)
, this program will explore current issues in Jordan and encourage students work across cultures to address real-world problems through innovative, project-based coursework.
Over the seven-week program from June 6th
through July 26th
, students will take two Engineering courses and a 15-hour non-credit introduction to Arabic course. Design Innovation in the Social Domain
will fulfill an engineering technical elective and Design Project
will fulfill the first half of the required Senior Design Clinic (ENGR 480). Students will continue to work with the Jordanian community organization upon their return in the fall as they complete the second semester of Senior Design (ENGR 481).
While in Jordan, students will live with homestay families, participate on regular site visits and attend lectures by local experts. St. Thomas faculty will not be on-site in Jordan, but the St. Thomas team will be in regular communication with a St. Thomas design coordinator throughout the program as they develop their project.
Detailed information on the program can be found on the SIT Web site
. The School for International Training is our on-site partner for this program and will provide all logistical support in Jordan. With more than 50 years of experience in undergraduate study abroad, SIT has been a St. Thomas approved organization for more than two decades providing innovative, experiential learning opportunities throughout the world.
The program fee will be $7500 and is inclusive of 7-credits of tuition, housing, meals, excursions, required group airfare and on-site support. Financial aid, if available, can be applied.
Please note that not all buildings in Jordan are ADA accessible. Any questions about accessibility should be directed to the Office of Study Abroad or Disability Resources.
Design Innovation in the Social Domain – syllabus
(ENGR3003 / 3 credits / 45 hours) (fulfills St. Thomas Engineering elective)
An interdisciplinary introduction to human-centered design methods and ethics in the context of Jordan. Students interview community members; identify an existing problem in water and renewable energy, food design, or sustainable organic farming in arid environments; and engineer a concept that can be developed into a design project.
Design Project – syllabus
(ENGR3030 / 4 credits / 60 hours) (fulfills St. Thomas course ENGR 480)
In a field-study context, students interact with local engineers, community groups, businesses, and policy makers about emerging resilient practices and ideas for water shortage and supply, renewable energy, and food security. Under the direction of a local faculty advisor, student design teams develop engineering solutions to practical, open-ended design projects. Ethical, social, economic, and safety issues in engineering practice will be considered.
For more information about the courses, Engineering design projects or degree planning, please contact:
Dr. Camille George, Associate Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org
), or Dr. Tiffany Ling, Design Clinic Lead (email@example.com
) in the School of Engineering
For questions about the application process, please contact:
Sarah Huesing, Assistant Director, Office of Study Abroad