"Life doesn't happen in a textbook." - Dylan Christenson, Ghana Team
The application for enrollment in PUC will open every spring semester
These courses are for engineering and social work students with 30 credits of coursework. There is a competitive application process and enrollment is limited. There may be additional student spots available for the spring and summer portions of the program only. The spots are only available as needed. Contact the PUC Program Coordinator to request an application.
Information Sessions are being held in the ECJ 10th floor conference rooms on the following days:
Wednesday, Feb 6 from 2:30-3:30
The deadline to apply for 2013-4 is March 1, 2013
Enroll in Projects for Under-served Communities
Recognizing that life doesn't happen in a textbook, engineering students from Projects for Under-served Communities are enrolling in an innovative new course at The University of Texas at Austin, which brings together our passion and practical skills to complete water projects in rural communities abroad.
The Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering are offering a three-course sequence for students to work on international and domestic projects that will directly benefit under-served communities.
Projects are multidisciplinary and include all engineering fields, including mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical and biomedical.
Social work students are also encouraged to apply.
Fall – ME279M⁄CE277K: Project Development for Under-served Communities
Students work in teams to learn the stage-gate process of project development. They assess community needs, learn about the area's culture and determine the feasibility of the project. They also examine the risk and benefits associated with proposed projects and fundraise. Projects must be approved by the Service Learning Advisory Broad in order to move forward to the spring semester. Not all projects researched in the fall semester will be approved.
Spring – ME 279M⁄CE277K: Project Design for Under-served Communities
Students work in teams to design appropriate technology that considers the local economic, social and cultural aspects of a community abroad. They develop schedules, budgets and resources for trips to implement approved projects during the summer. By the end of the semester, they plan to be prepared to implement their designs.
Prerequisite: ME 279M/CE 277K Project Development for Under-served Communities (and with instructor's approval).
Summer – ME179M Project Implementation
Student teams implement their designs in communities abroad.
Prerequisite: ME 279M/CE 277K Project Design for Under-served Communities.
To enroll in the Projects for Under-served Communities course, contact the PUC program coordinator.