Design for Life: Water in Tanzania
(ME 3080)

Seminar description

Access to reliable clean water is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. The College of Science and Engineering is offering a global seminar experience that will bring a group of students to Tanzania during winter break 2017-18. Students will get a hands-on engineering challenge with real-world impact.

During this program, student teams will evaluate community needs and infrastructure to model potable water-handling systems in the beautiful southern highlands regions of Tanzania. Student proposals will be evaluated by a St. Paul non-profit organization with the funding and resources in place to take approved projects to the next level.

The seminar will include a cultural and geographical introduction to Tanzania, its land, and people, as well as a trip to Ruaha National Park, one of the world’s most famous safari destinations.

Seminar details

Term: Winter Break 2017-18

Travel dates: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017–Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

Eligible students: Open to upper-division CSE students preferably with background in fluid mechanics. Admission is by application.

Credit: Students will receive three credits for ME 3080 (mechanical engineering).

Language prerequisite: No language prerequisite

Program leader: Professor Cathy French (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering)

Estimated program fee: The final program fee for this seminar will include three credits, round-trip airfare, housing, excursions, international health insurance, and group meals. Final costs for this program have not yet been finalized, but are projected to be between $4,900–5,200.

Apply: This program is full and no longer accepting applications.

For more information: Contact CSE International Programs at