ENGINEERING SERVICE LEARNING FOR
At Villanova University, we believe that service learning is a critical aspect of the academic and personal growth of our students as it provides an opportunity to step outside the classroom, put newly learned skills to work, and discover more about the world we share.
Participation comes in a variety of forms, from in-class projects, independent study and undergraduate research to seminar courses and field assignments. A hallmark element of the program includes leadership development through summer internships, year of service assignments and graduate research fellowships. Regardless of format, VESL builds a commitment to lifelong learning and service with a global perspective.
VESL projects are rooted in ethical engagement with project partners and communities. Fundamental to this is the belief that empowering local communities is essential to creating sustainable solutions.
The College has established strong relationships and ongoing projects in the following countries:
Solar home systems, educational intranet, and community outreach in partnership with Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)
Water resources planning with Profugo and STEM education outreach to children through Himalaya Hope Charitable Foundation
Sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure (urban WASH) with Catholic Relief Services
Sustainable water network and other infrastructure with Father Wally Kasuboski and the Cheypo Bayano Mission
STEM education workshops with partners Universidad Latino Americana de Ciencia y Technologia (ULACIT) and the Society of Woman Engineers
Sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure and asset management with Lifetime Wells and Catholic Relief Services
Improving efficiencies in agriculture, renewable energy and sustainable water with Bogor Agricultural University
Sustainable management of piped water supply infrastructure with Catholic Relief Services
Sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene in schools in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services
For more information about international service opportunities in the College of Engineering, including how you can help support our students in these experiences, contact Director Jordan Ermilio at Jordan.Ermilio@villanova.edu or 610-519-6859.