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. In response to this challenge, Purdue University created EPICS: Engineering Projects In Community Service. The end result? Benefits to the students and to the community!
EPICS was founded at Purdue in 2005 and introduced at Princeton University in Fall 2006 by co-founder Professor Ed Coyle *82. EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. At Princeton, the Keller Center partners with Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) to provide students with this hands-on multi-disciplinary learning experience.