Students Complete Fieldwork Class in Samoa
This week 23 engineering students wrapped up a two week field intensive in Samoa, supported through Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility program. The unit of study, led by Dr. Jacqueline Thomas and Dr. Aaron Opdyke, gave students first hand exposure working in cross-cultural contexts. Students worked in seven teams to support local partners in agriculture, health, water, and energy projects. These included working with the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital on the installation and operation of donated medical equipment, Taro farmers in Falesea’ela village on water storage, solar power, and biogas, as well as Women in Business Development on extending the shelf-life and and drying processes for bananas and coconuts. Several of the student projects were featured in the Samoan Observer. The unit of study is associated with the humanitarian engineering major which offers undergraduate engineers training in international development and how to work in developing communities, remote areas, and disaster response and recovery.