Santa Fe, New Mexico Project Center

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Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
A-Term during early fall
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations.

Location and Culture:

Santa Fe is the oldest (1610 AD) and highest (7,200 feet) state capital in North America. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is a major center for Native American culture and a mecca for scientists and avant-garde artists. The city has also attracted world-class researchers, including several Nobel-prize winners, in the fields of physics, biology, economics, and political science. Average temperatures range from 65° to 80°.

Housing and Meals:

WPI students will live in 3- or 4-person casitas downtown near the Santa Fe Plaza. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Students will have the opportunity to prepare their own meals, or explore the restaurants in Santa Fe. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects:

Past students at the Santa Fe, New Mexico Project Center have:

  • Evaluated strategies for the establishments of a low power FM radio station to facilitate communication in a Native American community
  • Designed a communication system and irrigation layouts to improve water efficiency in a pueblo
  • Created a digital 3D model of the Santa Fe Indian School for historical and planning purposes