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LEARNING ABROAD > CSE has doubled the number of students participating in some type of study abroad program in the last 10 years.

“The first time I went—it was a lot of museums, a lot of tours, which I think was wonderful. But I was looking forward to getting to know students my age and looking at the research side of things.” Among the research sites they took in were Imec (formerly the Inter-

university Microelectronics Centre) in Leuven, Belgium; the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany; and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (German Electron Synchrotron) in Hamburg, where the students took a walk through a closed-down tunnel of the massive research particle accelerator. “We actually got to go look inside of the accelerator and walk around the track where they would shoot the particles,” said Harper. In addition to touring, the group interacted with faculty and students at the research institutions. “Meeting the students in Germany was a great

experience. We were able to compare our engineering experiences in our respective countries,” said Harper. “We also learned about research being done in both academia and industry in Germany and Belgium, and experienced many of the experiments in person.” Her first day in Hamburg, she and a few other jet-lagged students decided to explore the city center. They got lost and because no one had an international data plan for their phone, the group used a paper map for the first time in years. “Picture five super tech-savvy engineers without all of our gadgets, who had just stepped off the plane, in the rain,

Sam Finnegan spent last summer in Macedonia as an intern modeling objects and machines in three dimensions using a software program. During his free hours, he visited sites such as the Monastery of Saint Naum located on a high cliff above Lake Ohrid.

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Inventing Tomorrow, Winter 2016 (Vol. 40, No. 1)  

College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Drive, determination and a CSE education pay off for young alumni; CSE re...

Inventing Tomorrow, Winter 2016 (Vol. 40, No. 1)  

College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Drive, determination and a CSE education pay off for young alumni; CSE re...