Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2009 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


14.790 (1-12)

Conference Name

2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, Texas, June 14-17, 2009


Service learning is being adopted in many engineering programs at various course levels. International service learning experiences can provide senior level engineering students with opportunities to practice the required skills of engineering graduates as detailed by the ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs. Bridges to Prosperity is a non-profit organization that builds footbridges in rural third world communities. These design build footbridge projects require a full year for fundraising, site visit, design and construction, and provide engineering students an opportunity to practice their knowledge of globalization, sustainability, engineering design, teamwork, and leadership. A team of students from the University of Iowa completed the design and construction of a footbridge in Peru in the spring of 2008. The planning, implementation and results of this service learning project are examined.


© 2009 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Austin, Texas, June 14-17, 2009.

Original Publication Citation

Reichle, S., Bang, A., & Considine, C. (2009). International service learning projects for senior capstone projects. Paper presented at the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, Texas.