The Environmental Engineering Program sent senior student Shannon Madigan to Sichuan province in western China to act as the student ambassador for the program to the School of Resources and Environment at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China this winter semester.
Since the Academic Agreement between Indiana University of Pennsylvania and UESTC took effect in Fall 2017, this is the first time the program sent a current student to UESTC, where the student meets the faculty and students in the school at UESTC, sits in on engineering courses, and participates in environmental research and field trips.
This is the second time Shannon has traveled to Sichuan province. Her first time, she took an entrepreneurship course in another partnership university. Now, she is dedicated to environmental studies, after changing her major to environmental engineering this fall.
“Learning by doing is a better teacher than any textbook. As China’s environmental crisis emerges as one of the most pressing challenges due to the country’s rapid industrialization, she will be able to learn about and experience the challenges first-hand”, says Professor Hao Tang, an IUP Environmental Engineering professor.
On her first day at UESTC, Shannon (at left) was welcomed by Dr. Yunguang Qian (at right), the General Secretary of the School of Resources and Environment. Two UESTC students will assist her with cultural differences and with gaining familiarity with the campus throughout her stay in China.