Global Engineering Outreach

Location of Program: Peru      Year: 2016
Program Director(s): Randy Lewis
Participating Major(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering


The Global Engineering Outreach study abroad is focused on offering BYU students the opportunity to work on global problems, researching not only technical, but economic and socio-cultural issues.

Recap of the Year:

Leadership Development
Students worked on teams with others from different engineering disciplines. As boundaries between the disciplines faded, they learned that all engineers – at the simplest level – are problem solvers, each contributing a unique viewpoint or technical background to solve the problem at hand

Global Agility
Students were able to apply what they learned in the classroom over months of preparation to a real-world setting in a new country and culture. Cultural and international preparation was a large part of the prerequisite coursework.

Technical Experience
The 2016 GEO trip to Peru focused on a variety of engineering projects in small villages. Students worked with locals to provide solutions that improved their businesses, and created water filters for people living on the floating islands of Uros.