International Engineering Courses Announced for Spring 2021!

Posted: October 14, 2020

Check out these spring term courses that provide the opportunity for authentic international engagement with partners abroad. Find course descriptions, web links, and information sessions below.             

Virtual Guatemala Service-Learning – ENGR 5797.22S
Info Sessions:
Tuesday, October 13, 5 - 6 p.m

Monday, October 19, 6 - 7 p.m.

Overview: This program is designed to introduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering by utilizing proactive, meaningful, authentic, real-world, international engineering service-learning experiences. Students will work virtually with in-country partners and Mayan families to develop useful sustainable technologies in fields such as housing community planning, cultural planning, biogas and solar energy, healthcare, water, sanitation, agriculture, education, and economic development. Students will assess the needs, then research, design, develop, prototype and plan various engineering solutions to meet needs determined by the local communities. Student teams will evaluate the cost, sustainability and local ownership of the projects, as well as the entrepreneurial opportunities that could be developed as a result.


Virtual Honduras Sustainable Communities – ENGR 5797.24
Info Sessions:
Thursday, October 15, 12 – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20, 4 – 5 p.m.

Overview: Students will experience the application of a broad range of engineering and non-engineering skillsets in a team-based environment working with students at Zamorano University in Honduras. From sustainable outcomes to humanitarian development challenges in rural Honduran communities, Zamorano and Ohio State students will work collaboratively with the nonprofit Heart to Honduras to develop and support specific community-driven initiatives. Student teams will assess existing designs of rural community processes or systems in the water, sanitation, food, agriculture and energy areas. Based on research of existing designs, assessments of systems and community dialogue, teams will develop innovations to these systems, building and testing stateside prototypes wherever possible. Throughout the semester, groups will virtually meet with collaborating Honduran communities to complete project design and development phases. 


Virtual International Perspectives on Aviation – ENGR 5797.25
Info Sessions:
Thursday, October 22, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Overview: This spring semester course is designed to provide students with an immersive experience that will further their knowledge and understanding of aviation as a truly global network while also preparing them to operate in an international setting upon graduation. Weekly meetings throughout the semester will cover topics ranging from international aviation governing bodies, differences in the regulatory environment and general cultural awareness. Participants will also collaborate with students enrolled at Mae Fah Luang University located in Thailand on a joint group project focused upon the air cargo industry. In class learning will be highlighted by an immersive virtual experience that will include visits from representatives at Airbus, London Heathrow’s air traffic control tower and airfield operations, British Airways corporate and operational facilities and the UK Meteorological Office. Due to scheduling availability, speakers are subject to change.