Service Learning through Global Engineering in Jabal Al-Natheef, Jordan: A Case Study

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Michael Frank
David Rosenthal


The Global Design Team (GDT) Jordan project coordinated by Purdue University’s Global Engineering Program (GEP) brought together an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of enhancing the waste management practices of a community in Amman, Jordan. Through frequent communications with members of the host community and Ruwwad, The Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit organization working with this community, the team identified local needs and researched the feasibility of
potential solutions. Students took a three-part approach which utilized the principles of engineering, education, and entrepreneurship to provide an integrated solution to the challenges of waste management in a developing area. Students developed a team structure that facilitated
interdisciplinary collaboration and maximized the intellectual diversity of the team. The final onsite project consisted of workshops for the women in the host community to assist them in acquiring skills in paper recycling and journal making. A manual with information on composting relevant to the community was prepared and delivered. This paper presents the lessons learned from the project experience, including understanding cultural barriers, interpreting requirements from project partner organizations, and using effective communications skills for both inter-team collaboration and effective dialogue with external partners.

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Frank, M. ., & Rosenthal, D. . (2012). Service Learning through Global Engineering in Jabal Al-Natheef, Jordan: A Case Study. Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research, 1, 1–10.
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