Students from the College of Engineering recently completed a summer program examining renewable energy in the Navarre region of Spain, which generates over 70% of its power from renewable sources. Centered in the city of Pamplona, the students participating in this program considered issues in the renewable energy sector, including public policy and the economic and cultural differences between renewable energy in Spain and in the US. Students also gained practical experience, visiting some of the most important technological centers in Navarre as well as wind and solar farms.
Dr. Eric Grulke, a faculty member of the Chemical and Materials Engineering department, directed the program, which is developed to meet the specific needs of students in the College of Engineering. Regarding the benefits of this program, Liz Kociolek, the Education Abroad advisor to the College of Engineering, stated that “Faculty-led programs like Dr. Grulke’s are great for Engineering students whose highly structured academic plans do not allow a lot of variance from their degree plan.”
Renewable Energy is divided into different options that allow for varying levels of Spanish immersion, depending on each student’s needs. The “Short” option includes a four-week course focusing on Renewable Energy (CME 599), while the “Long” option includes two-weeks of Spanish Language and Culture training prior to the four-week course. Students choosing either of these options are given two housing options: homestays with local Spanish families or shared apartments with other students.
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