The CEE International Senior Design (iDesign) program traveled to Panama again this year to assist indigenous communities with basic infrastructure needs. Eight students (6 CEE, 2 ME) divided into two teams and traveled to rural sites in western Panama, where they were hosted by Peace Corps Volunteers. Students met with community members and collected data for their fall semester senior design projects. One team is designing a pedestrian river crossing, and the other team is designing improvements to community water systems. The group also visited the Panama Canal and the biodiversity museum in Panama City.
The trip was led by Professor David Watkins with assistance from Research Engineer Henrique (Kiko) de Melo e Silva. Professor of Practice Mike Drewyor is helping to mentor the design teams in the fall term.