Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, recently
announced a new mechanical engineering degree program that combines academic study with Peace Corps service.
in the program, which will begin in the fall of 2009, start on the
Michigan Tech campus with classroom and research work, like other
master’s degree candidates. But after completing most of the academic
part, the students embark on a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps. Upon
completion of the Peace Corps service, the volunteers (as Peace Corps
participants are called) return to Michigan Tech for one more semester.
Predebon, who chairs Michigan Tech’s mechanical engineering department,
believes that mechanical engineering and the Peace Corps are a good
fit, since "many Peace Corps projects, such as pumps and indigenous
energy systems, demand mechanical engineering skills." The university
offers five other combined academic/Peace Corps programs in applied
science education, civil and environmental
engineering, forestry, mitigation of natural geological hazards, and
The Peace Corps Web site has a full list of these study-and-serve programs, called Peace Corps Master’s International, in the United States. Many of the programs offered are in scientific and engineering disciplines.
Hat tip: Inside Higher Ed