Students participating in E & J Gallo Wineries-sponsored MQPs in C-Term also take part in a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) in B-Term. During this PQP, students perform background research in their project area, learn about the company and industry where they will be completing their project, and hold discussions with their Gallo mentors and WPI advisors. Outcomes of the PQP include a detailed proposal describing the overall project, background related to the project, specific problems to be addressed, the approach the students will adopt to solve project problems, and project deliverables.
Acceptance to the E & J Gallo Wineries MQP program is based on judicial and academic standing and performance, essay response, demonstration of maturity, independence and teamwork, availability of projects in a specific area, qualifications relevant to the project offered, and completed interviews.
Previous Gallo projects have involved:
•wine filtration improvements
•storage tank inert gas blanketing
•wine carbonation and introduction of new processes, equipment and technology