My Favorite Course in General Engineering
Why This Course
This course is a foundation course for engineers, exposing us to the social and cultural backgrounds against which engineering and innovation takes place. I think it's necessary to realize that our work in the classroom and lab has real life implications. It is also required for engineering majors.
A Typical Day in This Class
This course consisted of a one-week regional academic seminar, where we were immersed in a foreign culture, conducting ethnographic research and critically assessing applications and innovations through a volunteer project with Habitat for Humanity.
A typical day during the seminar consisted of a local breakfast, and a short ride to the site. On site, I learned about local construction practices, interacted with the community to better understand their culture, and worked as a construction volunteer with the community to enhance my ability to conduct ethnographic research.
After seven hours of work and a traditional lunch at a local family's house, I head back to my hotel to have a quick shower before continuing to work on my ethnographic research.
What I Loved About The Class
My regional academic seminar was in Ajloun, Jordan. My favourite moments during the seminar were the tea breaks. The family we were working with would bring out Jordanian tea, falafels and khubis for everyone. The class would try to learn Arabic words and pronounce them correctly, whilst the Arabic speakers in the team and family were lightly entertained by our efforts.
I loved that Professor Matt Karau was introducing engineering students to the bigger picture surrounding engineering, beyond calculations and simulations.
Why NYU Abu Dhabi
The level of access to resources and professors we have at NYUAD is hard to find. With spaces such as the Engineering Design Studio with 24/7 access, and equipment in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and Wood Shop, you have the ability to learn, experiment and create your ideas.
Smaller classes and access to projects and opportunities also meant that I can build relationships with professors and participate in projects I could not have imagined doing otherwise.