Wisconsin in Scotland program offers engineering courses abroad

September 25, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — For the first time in its 27-year history, engineering courses will be offered through the Wisconsin in Scotland education abroad program during the spring 2014 semester. University of Wisconsin-Platteville engineering professor Dr. Mike Momot will be teaching two courses, Thermodynamics and Statics.

“Both courses have a strong connection to Scottish culture with many of the theories of thermodynamics being established in Scotland,” said Momot. Students will have the opportunity to explore different structures as part of the statics course including the Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow Science Center and the Forth Rail Bridge. “It gives the course more meaning when you can actually see the things you are studying,” he said.  

Students studying with the program will spend the semester in Dalkeith Palace, a self-contained building where students will live and attend classes taught by American and Scottish professors. Classes are four days a week with opportunities to travel on the weekends or visit with host families. The program runs from Jan. 28 to May 9.

“This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for engineering students,” said Donna Anderson, UW-Platteville International Programs director. “Being able to see the world from an entirely new perspective while developing skills, independence and the self-confidence needed to survive and succeed in the global marketplace, all while earning credit towards an engineering degree, can only help students gain a competitive edge in the workforce.” 

Momot plans to continue teaching through this program during a summer term and is developing a History of Engineering and Technology course to be offered to students in the program.

Applications to study in the spring 2014 semester are due Nov. 1. For more information visit www.uwrf.edu/WisconsinInScotland/. To apply visit www.uwplatt.edu/education-abroad/apply.       

Contact: Dr. Mike Momot, Mechanical Engineering, (608) 342-1534, momot@uwplatt.edu, Jenni Krahn, Education Abroad, (608) 342-1726, krahnje@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Nicole Smith, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, smithnico@uwplatt.edu

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