A group of juniors from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University had the opportunity to give back to their host community while studying abroad in Egypt this winter.
Dr. Alaa Elwany, assistant professor in the department, taught the 14 students during the faculty-led, three-week program. Elwany, who is originally from Alexandria, Egypt, reached out to the local rotary club to see how the students could give back to the community they would be visiting.
The students volunteered their time and money to help set up a special-purpose lab for elementary school students in a local underprivileged school. The students who will use the lab have special needs and are part of the government’s fusion program. As part of the program, students with special needs study one-third of the curriculum in the lab, which is equipped with customized educational tools designed to address their needs.
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