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August 16, 2019

Engineering Summer Institute students finish semester at K-State

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

Students from India enjoy breakfast served at the Engineering Summer Institute's closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

Nearly 30 students from India made Manhattan their home over the summer for the Engineering Summer Institute, which began in 2012 as a collaboration between Kansas State University and Gujarat Technological University.

More than 25 students from Gujarat Technological University, two from Parul University, and one from Sankalchand Patel University participated in this year's institute, which included the two additional schools for the first time. The institute provides students not only with engineering education outside of India, but also provides them with activities that showcase the culture of the United States. Mo Hosni, Charles and Nona Frankenhoff Chair in Engineering of the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, serves as the institute's program chair.

The students arrived in mid-June and attended orientation at the International Student Center. Classes began on June 18 and included Power Plant Engineering with associate professor Kevin Wanklyn, as well as Machine Design with assistant professor Maher Shehadi.

Cultural activities for the institute students included trips to the Konza Prairie, Flint Hills Discovery Center and Jeffrey Energy Center. The students played sports through the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, as well as having the opportunity to engage in the 2019 Cricket Cup. They attended a breakfast with K-State associate provost Brian Niehoff. Students also experienced Manhattan's many shopping and restaurant options.

This year's institute closed with a brief ceremony on Aug. 8. K-State Global Campus has facilitated the partnership since it began in 2012.