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.
Part of the Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development, VESL is committed to projects that are rooted in ethical engagement with 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)
Sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure (urban WASH) with Catholic Relief Services
Renewable energy implementation with WindAid and educational outreach programs with the Catholic University of Trujillo
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 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 Dr. Jordan Ermilio, director of the Center for Humanitarian Engineering and International Development at Jordan.Ermilio@villanova.edu or 610-519-6859.