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Purdue University


Engineering Projects in Community Service - EPICS - is a service learning program that was initiated at Purdue University in the Fall of 1995. Under this program, undergraduate students in engineering earn academic credit for long-term team projects that solve technology based problems for local community service organizations. The service goals of the EPICS Program include: developing and delivering systems which address the organizations' current technical problems; working closely with the organizations to determine how to best utilize technology to improve their services or enable new services; and providing reliable, long­ term technical assistance for community service organizations. The educational goals of the EPICS Program include: providing students with multi-year, team-based project experience; teaching students, by direct experience, how to interact with each other and with customers to specify, design, develop and deploy systems that solve real problems; and showing engineering students how their expertise can directly benefit even the most disadvantaged members of their community.