Monday, May 25, 2015

On Friday we got to present all of the ideas we had been working on over the last two weeks to the President of Universidad Esan, the Dean of Esan's College of Engineering, as well as other Esan faculty.
We arrived a little before 9 am in our best professional attire to prep for the presentation. At 9:30 am the Dean of the College of Engineering gave opening remarks and then Penn State, along with fellow Peruvian students from U.N.I. took the floor. We discussed our ideas towards a solution for a better quality of life for those living in the informal settlements of Peru. These included new structure ideas for the homes, a backpack design to aid in the carrying of water from the bottom of the hill to the upper regions, as well as a dry toilet to help with sanitation and a recycled plastic bottle walkway to level the ground and make the terrain easier to navigate.
Once we had finished the presentation, we had closing remarks where gifts were exchanged between Esan and Penn State and then we enjoyed lunch with the President of Esan.
After we said farewell to Esan, we visited a few laboratories at U.N.I. to see their work with telecommunication research and then had another brief closing ceremony were more gifts were exchanged and the U.N.I. students were recognized for their great work and gracious hosting these last two weeks.
Now that our project is complete, we head to Cusco and Machu Picchu to experience even more Peruvian culture!

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