June 1, 2007
A Global Approach to Engineering
Universities push their future engineers to study abroad, with limited success
Before she arrived in Namibia, Tarra Epstein had her trip planned out as precisely as a line plotted on a grid. She and three other engineering students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute had come to the South African country to help set up alternative-energy programs for poor villages, and Ms. Epstein had written up a daily schedule and plan of action for herself and her colleagues.
In time, all of that went out the window.
They arrived to find that they would have to