Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Limerick, Ireland A 08

At A Glance

Term – A 2008

Project Opportunities – ECE MQP

Housing – Shared apartments

Co-Directors – Professors A. Wyglinski and Vaz

Application Deadline – November 7, 2007 (before 1:00 pm)


Visitors to Ireland encounter spectacular scenery including 3,500 miles of coastline, a rich cultural and literary heritage, vibrant cities and villages, and a warm and friendly populace eager to help visitors feel at home.  Ireland also enjoys one of the fastest-growing economies in the EU.  Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city, and a center for both tourism and business, yet it retains the charm and feel of a small community in many ways.  Limerick’s center is located on the River Shannon, and features both medieval and Georgian influences; the outskirts of the city are home to a number of high-technology business parks and a major university.  The areas surrounding Limerick are famous for their natural beauty and historical significance; the Republic of Ireland is small enough so that it can be explored from end to end in a series of weekend excursions.


MQPs in the Limerick area involve working at local electronics firms and research facilities.  Students spend 10 weeks in Limerick, working fulltime in collaboration with local engineers on the projects.  MQPs in Limerick typically focus on analog and mixed-signal hardware design, digital design and embedded systems, signal processing and communications, and software engineering.  Specific project descriptions are not available until the beginning of the projects, as project sponsors typically provide the opportunity for students to work on cutting-edge problems of immediate interest to the sponsors.  Past projects have included design of a wireless medical monitoring system for the University of Limerick, and research and development for infrared-to-digital converters for Analog Devices B.V.

Admission to the ECE MQP Program in Limerick is based on the following criteria: judicial and academic standing and performance, evidence of maturity and independence, qualifications relevant to the anticipated projects, faculty references, and the results of an interview.


Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

$   950
$   750
$   300
$   800

Round trip travel to site
Dining out (10 x term)
Weekend tourist activities & incidentals
Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses

Expenses Included on your WPI Bill


Housing and program expenses

Estimated Total Expenses


Tuition and WPI On-Campus Housing NOT INCLUDED

Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate


In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience, compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

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Travel Dates:

Arrive on site Saturday, August 9, 2008
Depart site on Saturday, October 18, 2008
Housing is provided beginning and ending on the dates above.  Students who plan to arrive earlier or stay later will need to make their own accomodation arrangements outside of those dates.

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