Community service agencies face a future in which they must take advantage of technology to improve, coordinate, account for, and deliver the services they provide. They need the help of people with strong technical backgrounds. Undergraduate students face a future in which they will need more than solid expertise in their discipline to succeed. They will be expected to work with people of many different backgrounds to identify and achieve goals. They need educational experiences that can help them broaden their skills.
The challenge is to bring these two groups together in a mutually beneficial way. It was specifically to address this challenge that the Engineering Project in Community Services (EPICS) program was created. In the last benefits to the students and to the community! EPICS is a service-learning design program in which teams of students, partner with local and global community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. EPICS was founded at Purdue University in Fall 1995.
Objectives of EPICS
EPICS students earn academic credit
Students will work in the team so they have to design team-based projects.
During the project students will try to solve community problem with their expert team ( Solve technology-based needs in the community).
EPICS teams provide service
Students will work for their near places as well as they can think also for global community.
Students have to Partnering with not-for-profit community organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies.
EPICS programs support these reciprocal partnerships
This program students can extends for Over multiple years
EPICS Program expected Outcomes
Application from the multidiscipline to the design of projects.
Understanding of design as a start-to-finish process.
Identification and acquisition of new knowledge.
Awareness of the customer.
Functioning on multidisciplinary teams :- contributions from other disciplines.
Effective communication with different audiences.
Awareness of professional ethics and responsibility.