Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 12:00 PM EST
Virtual Engineering Innovation and Cultural Exchange Alumni Panel
- Naja Bou Khalil, Engineering Analyst and Research Assistant, EWH 2020 VEIC Exchange Alumnus and Virtual Program
- Deema Khalil, Civil and Environmental Engineer, EWH 2020 VEIC Exchange Alumna and Virtual Program Facilitator
- Megan Lavery, EWH Senior Projects Manager
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, EWH has offered virtual programs to facilitate cross cultural exchange and engineering education opportunities for students even when travel is not possible.
Our Virtual Engineering Innovation and Cultural (VEIC) Exchange Program, supported by the Stevens Initiative, focuses on low-resource design and engineering for healthcare in an international setting.
Over the course of four to six weeks, high school and university students from the US, Lebanon, and Jordan work together remotely on international teams, learning about concepts for biomedical design, collaboration, ethics, and entrepreneurship as these topics relate to engineering for low-resource environments. At the culmination of each program, teams present their design projects, which range from renewable energy sources to provide electricity for medical equipment in remote settings to oxygen leak monitoring systems and low-cost sanitation methods for surgical tools. In addition to learning new engineering concepts, this virtual exchange experience used technology to connect young people across continents and cultures, enabling hundreds of students to collaborate and learn with their peers abroad without having to leave their communities.
Join EWH and a select group of VEIC alumni on Thursday, December 2 at 12:00 PM EST for a lunchtime panel discussion about the virtual exchange experience!