China is the largest exporter and consumer market for the world economy. Beijing, the capital of P.R. China, is a modern, industrialized metropolitan with rich cultural heritage and easy access to other major cities by train or airplane.
Students live on Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) campus and may travel to other cities based on their project sponsor locations and project requirements.
Gaining a deep understanding of this country by conducting a MQP or IQP in China is an effective way for WPI students to acquire and practice their global competency. Moreover, to experience working with professionals from different backgrounds in a diverse cultural environment, the Beijing Project Center offers real-world project experiences for students to simultaneously practice their technical skills, apply their innovative ideas, develop their interpersonal abilities, and cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit in a global and innovative world. In particular, WPI students will work in teams with about 20 students from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). 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 BUCT. Projects involving real-world problems are sponsored by universities or global companies with operations in China in the areas of information technology, sustainable development, urban design, materials science, mechanical design, environmental management, supplier chain, operations and logistics analysis, and lean principle implementations.
Mechanical Design – Designed a new robotic arm system for Pacific Can, the largest Aluminum can producer in China, for waste metal recycling.
Information Technology - Examined the current academic technology for flipped classroom adopted by Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) and available technologies in the market, benchmarked against those used in the United States, assessed the university’s needs and readiness, and helped to develop a Blackboard system for BUCT.
Manufacturing Technology - Developed a new ultraviolet drying stage for aluminum can production process.
Chemical Technology – Developed new paint formula for spraying painting with enhanced adhesion on to metal surfaces.
NOTE: E term programs are not eligible for financial aid. Students participating in these programs are billed for tuition, housing and other program related fees. Please carefully review the costs associated with these programs as you consider applying for them.