IPRO was an amazing experience that allowed me to go out and change people’s lives through the work of our team. I went down to Peru, and I actually built a rocket stove and showed villagers how to build it themselves.
I really wanted to see someone actually use the device we were designing, and that happened in the second semester of the project.
The IPRO Program afforded me the opportunity to be able to interact with people of many different majors, so that I could learn things from courses they had taken and experiences they had.
In IPRO, I’m not just answering the questions professors are giving me, I’m learning how to come up with new ideas
and to be a leader.
IPRO is the first time when we get hit with certain aspects like cost, time, and ease of manufacturing. Even though an idea may seem logical it may not be practical; even though an idea will work it may not be efficient. It seems very overwhelming at first; it is like nothing we have seen before.
If, as an engineer, you can’t recognize contributions from other people with different specialties, then you can’t really work productively with a team. Through IPROs, students learn to figure out things outside of their major because they have to. This means later on in life, they won’t have to confront their employer and say, ‘I haven’t learned this’ or ‘this isn’t part of my job description.’
This is really about creating your own solution, not rewriting someone else’s solution.