Purdue hosting EPICS workshop for national, international universities

May 31, 2012

This week, Purdue is hosting a workshop to help representatives from national and international universities start Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) programs.

The workshop began Wednesday (May 30) and will last until noon Friday (June 1). Participants are learning EPICS principles through presentations, discussions and individual reflections. They are being encouraged to develop customized plans that can be applied at their home institutions.

EPICS programs involve teams of undergraduates designing, building and deploying systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. The program was created at Purdue in 1995; since then, it has been implemented at more than 20 universities and colleges worldwide.

The workshop is sponsored by the endowment from the National Academy of Engineering's Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.