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Israel Project Center (Eilat) - IQP

Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
C-Term during winter
Project Opportunities: 
Israel is a small nation nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. It contains geographically diverse features and has a unique atmosphere of past and future, simultaneously rooted in its rich history and set on the cutting edge of innovation. Although the country is only about the size of New Jersey and has limited natural resources, Israel is a hub for entrepreneurship, home to more high-tech startups per capita than any other nation in the world. This culture of innovation (or "Israel effect") has been studied worldwide, and makes Israel an exciting place to work and study, which WPI students have been doing since 2014. Students are located in Eilat, near the Red Sea and live at a local Kibbutz.

Note: The political situation in Israel is extremely complicated and current events have led to heightened tensions and security risks. There is an active Travel Warning from the U.S. Department of State for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Students considering this opportunity should research travel to the country, current events in the country and region, and discuss with their parents before making the decision to apply.


Past Israel students have addressed problems such as:

  • Exploring alternative energy solutions
  • Improving clean water access
  • Traffic for 2040 in Eilat using a ‘smart city’ approach
  • Evaluating the thermal performance of desert housing