Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Santa Fe, New Mexico D2013

Term – D 2013

Project Opportunities – IQP

Housing – Shared student apartments

Director – Professor Fabio Carrera

Preparation – 1/2 unit preparation activity in C 2013

Application Deadline – September 29, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)



Santa Fe, capital of New Mexico, is the oldest (1610 AD) and highest (7,199 ft) state capital in North America.  Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is a quaint, human-scaled town of 70,000 perched high above the Rio Grande in north-central New Mexico. In less than a half hour, it is possible to go from downtown Santa Fe up into the national forest, where skiing at over 13,000 feet is available until April. 


Santa Fe is a major center for Native American culture and a Mecca for both active and retired scientists and avant-garde artists.  Due to the proximity of Los Alamos National Lab and the establishment within its boundaries of the world-renowned Santa Fe Institute (SFI), founded by George Cowan (WPI class of ‘41), Santa Fe has attracted world-class researchers, including several Nobel-prize winners, in the advanced field of complexity theory applied to physics, biology, economics and political science.  Recently, the Santa Fe Complex (SFx) has been created to provide a space where art and science can interact for the benefit of the community.  The WPI Santa Fe Project Center has established a solid collaboration with the Santa Fe Complex and most of the projects will be hosted in the refurbished warehouse that hosts the SFx near the rail yard in downtown Santa Fe.



Despite its small size, Santa Fe is a sophisticated cosmopolitan and eclectic place where exciting opportunities for projects exist, especially at the intersection of Science and Art and in three main areas of particular relevance: Water Conservation, Renewable Energy and Urban Planning.  Most projects will be conducted through the Santa Fe Complex, for City and State departments or for local non-profits.

Given the inter-ethnic history of this part of the US, we expect to establish research collaborations with local Native American institutions on the above topics as well as on other important environmental, cultural and societal issues.



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)

$      350

Local transportation

(commuting cost to project sponsor location)

$      100


$      400

Dining out (7 x term)

$      400

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$      400

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses

 $   1,650

Expenses included on your WPI bill


Housing and program expenses



Estimated Total expenses

$  3,950

Tuition and on-campus housing not included

All above costs are estimates and are subject to change.










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Travel dates: 
Arrive:  Sunday, March 17, 2013
Depart:  Saturday, May 4, 2013

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