SIUE School of Engineering Students Gain International Experience Through Summer Capstone Partnership
In the span of just over a week, six SIUE School of Engineering students expanded their practical knowledge of engineering software programs and added international travel and collaboration to their academic experience.
The mechanical engineering students, along with SIUE faculty members Soondo Kweon, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and H. Felix Lee, professor and chair of industrial engineering, traveled May 9-18 to Tongmyung University (TU) in Busan, South Korea for a Summer Capstone Design Camp.
Five different departments between the two universities participated in the camp, including mechanical engineering and industrial engineering from SIUE, and TU’s Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Mechatronics, and Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning.
While in South Korea, SIUE students also toured the capital city of Gyeongju and its second largest city, Pusan.
“Students gained practical knowledge on computer aided engineering (CAE) analysis, computer aided design (CAD) software, manufacturing and the capstone design process,” explained Kweon. “They also experienced new culture, learning styles and environments.
SIUE School of Engineering Students Return from Study Abroad Trip to Turkey
A total of 14 undergraduate students from the SIUE School of Engineering from the Industrial and Manufacturing, Mechanical and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments, studied sustainable alternative energy and history of science and technology at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) during the summer 2013 semester.
After spending their mornings in the classroom, they were able to explore Turkey on field trips to industrial plants using alternative energy, as well as historical sites including the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Bosporus Bridge, and Topkapi and Dolmabahce palaces.
The students were housed in ITU residence halls and granted full access to the university’s facilities. They learned the similarities and differences of the two educational systems and cultures with daily interaction with Turkish students.
“Walking down any street, you are surrounded by ancient buildings that are each accompanied with their own unique story,” said Josh Rasch, a senior mechanical engineering major. “Turkey is a melting pot of culture. You find people from all surrounding countries on a daily basis. This diversity makes every day an adventure.”
“Studying in Istanbul was a great experience,” said Adam Kuebel, a student in the mechanical engineering department. “I really enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of Turkey and learned a lot from the dual diploma students.”
“My study abroad experience was life changing,” said Joshua Tonnies, a junior mechanical engineering major. “A new culture, dorm life and many other things made it very influential to my life.”