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Dec 15, 14

Tanzania 2015

Access to reliable clean water is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. Associate dean and professor Paul Strykowski (mechanical engineering) will lead a group of students on a trip to Tanzania during winter break 2014-15.

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Jun 11, 14

This is India

Before this trip, students asked us questions about aspects of India that appeared illogical to them. Often our response boiled down to: "It's India." Over the past three weeks, students began to understand what that phrase meant.

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Jun 10, 14

To Hell and back, and then home

On our flight leaving Bergen, a bird hit an instrument on the plane and we had to wait for a new plane. We spent several hours in a town called Hell (really, that's the name). After an unplanned night in Iceland, we finally made it back to Minnesota.

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Jun 7, 14

Back to Bergen

Today we toured some older hydroelectric plants. A lot of the turbines were made in the early 20th century, and as a result, these plants were smaller and less efficient than the ones yesterday.

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Jun 7, 14

Winding down our trip

Today marked the final day of the Acara Summer Institute. For our last day of classes, we finally presented our business plan pitches to the group.

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Jun 6, 14

Story-telling

We began our day talking about what we've learned in India. We also heard stories about turning ideas into businesses. Finally, we reflected on how we'll apply what we learned in India to our jobs, education, and future ventures.

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Jun 6, 14

Cheers, mate!

We said our goodbyes to Australia and traveled back to Minnesota.

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Jun 6, 14

Tour of hydropower plants

On our first full day in Sandane we toured two hydropower plants.

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Jun 6, 14

From Bergen to Sandane

Today was another busy travel day. We rode a bus for about four hours from Bergen to Sandane. Driving up the west side of Norway presented many spectacular views.

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Jun 5, 14

Acara Summer Institute: Day 4

Today was the fourth day of the Acara Summer Institute. It started off with yoga on the roof of a hotel and continued with a visit from a lawyer and presentations from entrepreneurs.

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