Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Management, Management Engineering, Sophomore at the time of application (IQPs)
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Spanning a wide expanse of Europe and Asia, all of 12 time zones, Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land mass, natural resources and opportunities for economic and technological growth. Students at the Moscow Project Center have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the people of Russia (both in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg) and to help address local problems by working on a variety of technological, cultural and environmental projects. Despite its challenges, Russia is enormously appealing because of its rich history, highly educated population, unique scientific and cultural contributions and unbounded potential for further development. The months of October-September in Moscow are balmy and bountiful and offer great opportunities for WPI students to explore the city and the countryside, sample Russian achievements in space exploration, see the museums and sites of the Kremlin and marvel at ingenuous design of bridges and fountains of Saint Petersburg.
WPI students work in multicultural work settings on projects proposed by local nonprofit organizations, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Most projects provide the opportunity to work on urgent technological and sustainability issues and are completed in close partnership with the students of the Financial University, which adds a special dimension to cultural immersion of all participants in this truly international work experience. WPI Moscow Center is based on the Financial University Campus which offers centrally located dorm lodgings, sports and cultural facilities and many opportunities to interact with local students and participate in the Russian college life – theater, dance, music, athletics and discussion clubs. Introductory Russian classes will be offered to all students to equip them with essential language skills. While most projects take place in the city of Moscow, there will be opportunities for a trip to Saint-Petersburg and a visit to the ancient cities of the Russia’s Golden Ring.
Successful applicants will be required to obtain a visa and prospective applicants should note that Russia requires proof of a recent HIV test in order to obtain a visa.
Prospective project themes may include the following:
Marketing and Commercialization of Small Appliances
Help with marketing and branding (as well as with re-design!) of small appliances currently produced by an established plastics molding and small appliance manufacturer in Moscow
Russian Arctic and Climate Change – Helping Electric & Utilities Companies in the Russian Far North Cope
Survey and feasibility studies of various adaptation strategies that the electric and utilities companies in the Russian Arctic could implement. Engineering solutions and their financial implications will require the joint efforts of the WPI engineering students and the Financial University’s economics majors. Other sustainability and climate-change related topics may be offered in such areas as transportation, IT, fire protection and waste management.
Conservation Projects in Ugra National Park
Work to help develop ecological awareness about the vulnerability of pristine water resources to dumping of industrial waste and other abuses. Work directly with the Park’s management, rangers and legal team to put a stop to illegal disposal of waste products and raising public awareness about the precious flora and fauna that cannot cope with contaminated environment. Project will involve field work and data collection on site (3-hour train ride away from Moscow) and learning firsthand about the Park’s history, cultural monuments, and endangered species. Students get to interact with park rangers, locals, hike, swim, ride a catamaran in an effort to find viable solutions to Park’s conservation.