Engineering 225B at the University of Botswana

What is Engineering 225B?

This course intertwines engineering content with regional issues specific to Sub-Saharan Africa.

While taking a formal class in Thermodynamics, students explore how engineering solutions are applied in the region. Students gain new perspective from visiting villages outside of the city. They are off the power grid, and electricity and water are valuable resources. Students see firsthand how engineering solutions related to the course material are implemented within the economic and societal constraints of the region.

For example, while learning about fluid flow, students see how these concepts are applied to bring water to the village. They see what parameters and restrictions an engineer faces in this region and model the solutions.

Students live on campus and participate in cultural experiences. They meet with Student Ambassadors from the University of Botswana. They also visit ancient rock paintings and attend culture-based music and dance performances. One of the most memorable parts of the trip is going on a safari experience.

How is the class portion of Engineering 225B different from Engineering 225?

Engineering 225B is taught over three weeks and meets every day. At CWRU, students usually take 225 alongside other classes over a semester. Engineering 225B meets the same amount of time as a regular semester class.

Taking thermodynamics as a standalone class helps students focus on the material. The professors go with the students on trips and are very accessible for help in the course. In Botswana, thermodynamics is more than a class in the engineering core. Students see how the concepts can be applied to help people living in rural Africa. This is an eye-opening experience for many.

Who is eligible and when would I go?

Engineering students are eligible to attend this trip at the end of the freshmen year. All sophomores and juniors who have not yet taken thermodynamics are also eligible for this trip.

The trip is three weeks long, and takes place from mid-May to early June. No language training is required. English is one of the national languages of Botswana.

How do I apply?

Application opened November 1. Contact the DELPP office to apply.