Moving the Cities

 

MOVING THE CITIES is a team-based project with students from Germany, Brazil, Chile, the US and the UK addressing major global urban issues.

This one credit course aims to develop students’ entrepreneurial and innovation skills while immersed in a collaborative multicultural experience.  Students in cross cultural teams will practice design thinking methods to formulate innovative solutions to challenges in a regional context.          

  • More than 100 students from 10 universities and 6 countries are expected to participate
  • For Fall 2022, this program will be run in a hybrid design.  Students will participate in one week of remote onboarding and preparation followed by one week in country. 
    • ​Week of October 17, 2022: remote onboarding & preparation for the program.  Students will be required to attend 1-2 synchronous meetings during this week but all other work will be asynchronous. 
    • Week of October 24, 2022:  in-country program (Brazil) - hosted by Unisinos University 
    •     in country dates:  in Brazil: October 22 - through October 29, 2022
      • Students will fly from PGH to Brazil on October 21 - begin program in country on October 22.  Students will fly from Brazil on October 29.
      • NOTE: Students will need to arrange to miss courses/classes during this week.  All missed course work is the responsibility of the  student to arrange with their faculty members prior to the program.

 

Key dimensions to the program:

  • Address key societal challenges from around the world in your multinational student team
  • Professional and methodical input to help your team solve the challenge is provided from coaches and mentors from around the world 
  • Potential international internship interviews with global organizations may be granted to winning teams
  • Great way to enhance your professional profile and network with leaders from many parts of the world
  • Meet students from Brazil and around the world  
  • Cultural explorations of the area will enhance the students understanding of Brazil. 
  • For IE students:  this program satisfies Option A of the IE international requirement (approved international experience). 
  • For the Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship (IPDE) certificate:  this program fulfills the entrepreneurship requirement section 
     

Check out the week's schedule here - coming soon

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

 

Learn more about this amazing opportunity!  Organizations involved, challenges for 2022, the pitch plans, and much more-- reach out to the SSOE Global Experiences team

 

see sample  Final Pitch from 2021

 

 

Application process and requirements: 

  • Open to SSOE students - must be in their second year or higher
  • Must have a 2.75 GPA
  • Must apply by the deadline- September 28, 2022 by no later than 11:59 pm.  Please click the "apply now" button to apply. 



This is a proposed Fall 2022 semester program. The course will have one week of virtual onboarding and then travel in October.

 

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

What You'll Study: 

 

This one credit course aims to develop students’ entrepreneurial and innovation skills while immersed in a collaborative multicultural experience.  Students in cross cultural teams will practice design thinking methods to formulate innovative solutions to challenges in a regional context.   

Student learning will be integrated into remote pre-travel onboarding and preparation, a mentor and coach guided challenge, the group challenge experience in cross cultural teams and cultural explorations in and around the host city.    

 

This is a Fall 2022 semester program. 
  • For Fall 2022, this program will be run in a hybrid design.  Students will participate in one week of remote onboarding and preparation followed by one week in country. 
    • ​Week of October 17, 2022: remote onboarding & preparation for the program.  Students will likely have to attend 1-2 synchronous meetings but all other work will be asynchronous. 
    • Week of October 24, 2022:  in-country program (Brazil) - hosted by Unisinos University 
    • For IE students:  this program satisfies Option A of the IE international requirement (approved international experience). 
    • For the Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship (IPDE) certificate:  this program fulfills the entrepreneurship requirement section 
    • tentative dates:  in Brazil: October 22/23 - through October 29/30, 2022
      • NOTE: Students will need to arrange to miss courses/classes during this week.  All missed course work is the responsibility of the  student to arrange with their faculty members prior to the program.

 

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

 

Moving the Cities (ENGR1624)
Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Jodi Suckle

Bonjour, Shalom, Sawadee-ka! I'm Jodi, a Global Programs Manager in the Swanson School of Engineering. My study abroad experiences to France and Turkey fueled my passion for travel and international education. I have helped students travel to, and participate in programs on 6 continents, and love enabling students to experience and learn about the world. I grew up in New York and have lived in Israel, Thailand, and Guatemala. Every time I go somewhere new my favorite thing is learning about the history, cultures, and traditions of the place, and trying new food of course. Come talk to me about engineering Panther Programs and Plus3, or if you're an international exchange student new to Swanson and Pitt. 

Schedule an appointment

SSOE students: schedule an appointment with me using Pathways via this link!
non-SSOE students-- send me an email and we'll set up a time to meet!

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Hello! Konnichiwa! I am the Director for Global Experiences and Engagement in the Swanson School of Engineering.  After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue  explore new countries and cultures and have had the good fortune to work, study and travel all over the world. I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize global opportunities! 

Schedule an appointment

SSOE students: schedule an appointment with me using Pathways via this link!

non-SSOE students-- send me an email and we'll set up a time to meet!

 

Your In-Country Contacts: 

Brandon Barber

Faculty Lead for Moving the Cities

Brandon Barber brings over 15 years of interdisciplinary design and engineering experience spanning the fields of product development, robotics, and architecture. Having founded a boutique design firm which worked with global clients, his projects can be found all over the world.  He currently works in the Swanson School of Engineering teaching in the Bioengineering program, leading a design engineering lab, overseeing the Pitt XProjects, and helping to run the Pitt Makerspaces. Brandon’s interests include human centered design, digital fabrication, and the integration of emerging technologies into design and prototyping workflows.   BioE Design, Innovation, and Outreach Coordinator

  In-State Out-of-State
Program Fee* billed by Pitt (see the "What's included" section) 1750 1950

Estimated Additional Expenses

(meals and personal expenses)

Travel to /from Pittsburgh (airfare) 

 

$100-300

Varies

 

$100-300

Varies

 
If you are not a U.S. citizen, there may be additional costs associated with applying for a visa and/or traveling to an embassy or consulate.   

For SSOE Students: This class operates outside of normal tuition and fee schedules and cannot be combined nor included in full-term tuition pricing.

 

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

What's Included: 

As part of the program fee, the following are included:

  • 1 credit course
  • Participation fees for the Moving the Cities program
  • All academic-related excursions
  • Hotel - shared hotel rooms (typically 2 students to a room)
  • Some meals - breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners

 

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

When You'll Go: 

For Fall 2022, this program will be run in a hybrid design.  Students will participate in one week of remote, asynchronous, onboarding and preparation followed by one week in country. 

  • ​Week of October 17, 2022: remote onboarding & preparation for the program.  Students will likely have to attend 1-2 synchronous meetings but all other work will be asynchronous. 
  • Week of October 24, 2022:  in-country program (Brazil) - hosted by Unisinos University 
  • tentative dates:  in Brazil: October 22/23 - through October 29/30, 2022