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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Director: Collins, Peter Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Sponsor: Iowa State
Program Description:
Great Rift Valley
Frugal Innovation in the Developing World: Kenya

Your opportunity to study low-cost practical engineering solutions for the developing world in Kenya.  Participants will be immersed in local culture both on campus at Kenyatta University and in a mountainous region just outside Nairobi and will have a first-hand look at why frugal solutions are so critical in countries such as Kenya.  The application of these frugal solutions reached through basic skills in engineering will be beneficial to students as professionals and members of the global community.

  • 2 weeks in Nairobi, Kenya - staying on campus at Kenyatta University (short program means you can still complete an internship in the summer!)
  • Second-half semester course in spring semester to prepare for study in Kenya 
  • Day trips outside the city
  • Safari excursions to big game park
  • Faculty-led - you'll be with two faculty members from Materials Science & Engineering 
  • Program fee (see budget sheet above) includes all anticipated expenses
Successful applicants are:
  • interested in sustainable engineering practices
  • comfortable with group living 
  • willing and capable respect and adapt to different cultural practices including: flexibility in daily habits, clothing, food, gender relationships, religion, etc.
  • team players
  • ready to fully participate and gain the experience of a lifetime
Preference will be given to students with junior-level classification, but students earlier in their study will be considered.  Applicants will be invited for an interview with the program coordinator(s).  
For more information, please contact Pete Collins (, Katie Bratlie (, or Richard LeSar (  

This program is currently not accepting applications.