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May 4, 15

Mechatronics in Switzerland

May 17-June 7, 2015

Based at the Z├╝rich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, the program is a specialized, concise course in mechatronics--complex systems composed of mechanical components, computers, and sensors.

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May 4, 15

Energy Production Methods in Scandinavia

May 19-June 8, 2015

This seminar will study existing and emerging energy production methods and energy usage in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. The program will focus on how energy production and usage patterns are linked to specific details of location; and how the issues of production, usage, and environmental concerns have created the current tensions that are driving new energy planning.

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May 4, 15

Field Methods in Water Quality in Norway

May 17-June 5, 2015

Based in Tronheim, Norway, this seminar will investigate various methods to analyze the quality of lakes, streams, drinking water, and wastewater.

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May 4, 15

Design for Sustainable Development: Discovery in India

May 17-June 8, 2015

This course will introduce students to grand challenges and creation of entrepreneurial solutions in India. Through guest lectures, panels, and field visits, students will investigate the role of entrepreneurship in achieving financially viable solutions to improve quality of life and environment in Bangalore, India.

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Jan 18, 15

Our final days in Tanzania

We spent our last evening at Mwagusi Safari Camp with a riverside dinner and music around the campfire. We then began our long journey home, reminiscing about the trip of a lifetime.

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Jan 15, 15

Safari at Ruaha National Park

We departed Iringa at 9 a.m. for the four-hour journey to Ruaha National Park. Three hours of our trip were on rough gravel roads, but this didn't suppress our excitement to see giraffes, impala, baboons, lions, and more.

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Jan 13, 15

Discussing ideas and finding solutions

All three groups have returned from their trips to the villages. We spent much of the day interpreting the information we collected so we can begin to develop potential solutions to the water issues in each village.

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Jan 13, 15

Evaluating water systems in Mlangali

The Mlangali group headed toward the Mgela region to check out the current water systems in the area. We discovered that most of the water came from muddy, hand-dug wells. After doing some testing and meeting with local water committees, we gathered information that will hopefully help us find solutions.

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Jan 12, 15

Water issues in Ilula

Our Ilula group spent three days in the village evaluating the piping system. As we learned more about Ilula, it became apparent that there are several problems with the existing system. Our task now is to work toward solutions to these problems to get reliable, clean water throughout the village.

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Jan 11, 15

Visit to the village of Ihemi

Our group arrived at the Ihemi village to a traditional welcoming song and dance. During our stay, we examined the current water system, met with the village water committee, and enjoyed delicious food and a church service full of singing and dancing.

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