Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

China (various cities - Wuhan, Nanjing, Beijing & Shanghai) E2012, A2012 & B2012

Term – E 2012, A2012, B 2012

Project Opportunities –MQP (CS, ECE, IE,ME,MGE,MFE,RBE)

Housing – Shared apartments

Directors – ProfessorsYiming (Kevin) Rong & Amy Zeng

Preparation – PQP in D 2012

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011 (before 1:00 PM)


As the manufacturing industry becomes more and more global, many research, design, and manufacturing activities go to China. To experience working with professionals from different backgrounds and in a different cultural environment, 20 WPI students with different majors WPI will be selected to work in mixed teams with about 30 students from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, Southeast University, Nanjing, and Beijing Jiaotong University, all in China.  Ten projects defining problems and providing solutions with industrial sponsors or strong industrial application background will be completed.  All three universities are major comprehensive universities in China with excellent engineering programs. The three cities are large and industrialized cities in China, with a rich cultural heritage and easy access to Beijing and Shanghai, as well as other cities, by train or airplane. Students will stay on campus and may travel to other cities based on the project sponsor location and the project requirements. Students will have a chance to merge into Chinese culture and experience daily life in China. The projects will be completed within 7-8 weeks.



These MQPs will be conducted at one of the three universities, usually with 2-3 trips to other cities. WPI students will work with Chinese students from one of the universities in mixed teams, with co-advisors from both WPI and the university. These projects are real world problems and are sponsored by global companies with China operations, such as UTC, Caterpillar, and Amphenol TCS, and institutions in the areas of mechanical product and system design, robotics, manufacturing processes, environmental engineering, supplier chain management, and lean manufacturing implementations. Information on previous projects can be found at .





Estimated of Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


**Note:  The project related in-land travel cost will be covered by the project sponsoring companies.

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$ 1,500

Groceries and meals

$   500

Tourist travel, activities, entertainment & incidentals

**$   500

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill*

Housing and program expenses

plus some local transportation

$   600



Housing deposit

$   400


Estimated Total Expenses


E term tuition is not included– E term tuition MUST be paid by April 1, 2012.

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.















E 2012 Travel Dates:
Arrive Site:  Sunday, June 24, 2012
Depart Site:  Saturday, August 11, 2012

A2012 Travel Dates:
Arrive Site:  Sunday, August 19, 2012
Depart Site:  Saturday, October 13, 2012

B2012 Travel Dates:
Arrive Site: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Depart Site: Friday, December 14, 2012

Orientation Schedule

Orientation Part I On-line:  Must be completed no later than April 17th
Orientation Part II Site Specific Orientations E and A 2012:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:00-1:30 p.m., IGSD Conference Room
Orientation Part III Sexual Assault:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Fuller PH UPR

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