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September 30, 2013

Expo to highlight learning, service through Global Design Team

Jafvert water Colombia

Chad Jafvert, professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering, and students lead a workshop on the construction of slow sand filters in May 2012 with schoolteachers in Barbosa, Antioquia, Colombia. (Photo provided)
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An expo Oct. 2 will show how faculty-led student teams can blend international service-learning with practical design experience -- tackling real-world issues such as transportation, clean water and renewable energy -- for academic credit.

The Global Design Team Expo, scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Centennial Mall, is part of Purdue's Global Engineering Program, but all disciplines are welcome. Project teams gain the benefits of cultural exchange and seeing a project through its full cycle, while providing service in line with Purdue's commitment to global grand challenges. The expo will include:

* Faculty and student members of current teams.

* Displays about current and past projects.

* General information about student applications for GDTs, the program’s shared funding/sponsorship approach, and opportunities for faculty.

Lumkes vehicle Cameroon

Purdue students under the advisement of John Lumkes, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and local technicians work on fabricating the practical utility platform (PUP) in May in Bangang, Cameroon. (Photo provided) 
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* The practical utility platform (formerly BUV), developed by a GDT working with partners in Cameroon.

The current application cycle for new teams has an application deadline of Oct. 16. Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are eligible. Past teams have worked on projects in water, health, transportation, energy and construction. The GDT program was established in 2008.

To learn more about GDT and the expo, go to https://engineering.purdue.edu/
GEP/Programs/GDT
or contact Anne Dare, GDT coordinator, at adare@purdue.edu.