China Project Center (various cities - Wuhan, Nanjing, Beijing & Shanghai)
As the manufacturing industry becomes more global, many research, design, and manufacturing activities are taking place in China. To experience working with professionals from different backgrounds in a diverse cultural environment, 20 WPI students with varying majors are selected each year to work in teams with about 30 students from three Chinese universities: Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan; Southeast University, Nanjing; and Beijing Jiaotong University; Shanghai. All three are esteemed, comprehensive universities with excellent engineering programs. Their home cities are large and industrialized, with rich cultural heritages and easy access to other major cities by train or airplane.
Students live on campus and may travel to other cities based on their project sponsor location and project requirements. Projects are completed within 7-8 weeks.
WPI students work with Chinese students in mixed teams under the guidance of co-advisors from both WPI and the local universities. Projects involving real-world problems are sponsored by global companies with operations in China, such as UTC, Caterpillar, Amphenol TCS, and institutions in the areas of mechanical product and system design, robotics, manufacturing processes, environmental engineering, supplier chain management, and lean manufacturing implementations.
Technology and society - Creating a prototype robot capable of performing basic arm control, with the eventual goal of assisting elderly people with tasks in their everyday lives Urban maintenance and the environment - Investigating a combination of multiple applications, including activated sludge and UV technology, to treat synthetic ammonia wastewater in increasingly urbanized areas Manufacturing technology - Creating a concept for a high force grinder fixture for the Saint-Gobain China Grinding and Technology Center in Shanghai