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Debbie on Lake Titikaka in Peru

Debbie Rich

Chemical Engineering, Graduate Student

What international experience have you had?

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Peru as a part of the Global Engineering Outreach (GEO) program. I was not just completing a made-up project but something that had real meaning. 

I worked to develop a hand-powered washing machine that would help the women as they washed clothes. The women spent a lot of time washing clothes, leaving them soaking wet and with raw hands. 


What have you learned through your experience in engineering?

Participating in this program was life-changing. Not only did I get to see an amazing part of the world, but I also got to interact with a culture that taught me to value what I have and enjoy life no matter my circumstances.