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Year of Study During Placement: 3rd
Faculty and Major: Applied Sciences, Environmental Engineering
Placement Course and Year: APSC 462, 2017
Placement Country: India
Placement Organization: SELCO Foundation
Andrea participated in the International Service Learning program, Global Engineering Leadership course, in 2017 and was placed in Bangalore, India at SELCO Foundation. One of the many things in which SELCO Foundation partakes in is tackling design challenges looking at specific energy access challenges for those living in marginalized communities. Andrea’s main project was working on prototyping solar-powered autoclaves for medical equipment sterilization.
How did taking an academic course as a pre-req before you went on placement influence your ability to conduct your main project?
AS: The academic course influenced the focus of my placement. Going through this type of experience with constant guided reflection helps to channel attention into the special topics of the curriculum. Conducting the project required technical knowledge from my overall studies, however the course helped me to increase my own awareness on my relationships and interactions with others at the work place, which are necessary to get the work done.
What did you learn through your ISL experience? What was your biggest challenge?
AS: The great impact that people you surround yourself with can have, I learnt how important it is to have an everyday community to enrich experiences.