Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Limerick, Ireland A2012

Term A 2012

Project Opportunities – MQP (ECE)

Housing – Shared apartments or townhomes

Director – Professor Alexander Wyglinski

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011 (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.  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 9-10 weeks in Limerick, working fulltime in collaboration with local engineers on the projects.  MQPs in Limerick typically focus on signal processing and wireless communications, digital design and embedded systems, software engineering, and analog and mixed-signal hardware design.  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 green wireless communication systems and wireless wildlife tracking systems for the University of Limerick, and power supply control hardware of hybrid electric vehicles 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*


NOTE:  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.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$ 1,100


$   800

Dining out (10 x term)

$   500

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$   900

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses

$ 3,300

Expenses included on your WPI bill*


Housing and program expenses



Estimated Total expenses


Tuition and on-campus housing not included

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate

Travel Dates:

Arrive Site:  Saturday, August 4, 2012
Depart Site:  Saturday, October 13, 2012

Orientation Schedule:

Orientation Part I on-line:  Must be completed no later than April 17, 2012
Orientation Part II Mandatory Site Specific Orientation:  Friday, April 6, 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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