2. EPICS Program

  1. Brian A. Nejmeh
  1. William Oakes and
  2. Carla Zoltowski

Published Online: 7 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch2

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

How to Cite

Oakes, W. and Zoltowski, C. (2012) EPICS Program, in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education (ed B. A. Nejmeh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118100349

Online ISBN: 9781118319130

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Keywords:

  • Epics Program;
  • Homelessness Prevention Network (HPN);
  • Purdue University;
  • Software engineering

Summary

The EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) program, founded at Purdue University in 1995, has been recognized for teaching multidisciplinary design through service-learning. EPICS is a curricular structure of design courses that support long-term partnerships with local or global community organizations. Students engage in the development of projects that span the engineering disciplines and often require multiple semesters or even years to complete. Software engineering has played a key role in the projects since its founding. Although most of the EPICS course divisions are paired with specific partners, the software divisions have been organized to work across partnerships and focus on similar technologies that can be shared with several community partners. The success of the Purdue EPICS program spawned similar programs at other universities and, more recently, high school programs. One of the original EPICS partners was the collection of agencies that formed the Homelessness Prevention Network (HPN).

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software engineering