EPICS is an academic program in which teams of Purdue students partner with local not-for-profit community organizations to provide technology solutions. This is a long-term partnership, which allows for more significant projects that may take 2 or more semesters to complete. EPICS projects are intended to solve real problems, and are defined in consultation with project partners from not-for-profit community organizations. The best way to learn more about EPICS is to read about the different teams and the types of projects they are working on. Click here for a description of the current teams and projects.
Each EPICS team (which corresponds to a particular lab division) consists of a mix of first year, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, many majoring in non-engineering fields such as education, liberal arts, science, health and human sciences, and technology. In general, students are expected to participate within a team and contribute to one or more projects for at least two consecutive semesters on campus, and students may participate multiple semesters. Each team has a scheduled 2-hour lab time each week. All teams have a common lecture hour on Mondays from 4:30 - 5:20 pm. For students who have a conflict with the 4:30 pm lecture, an alternate lecture time is available at 5:30 pm (the 5:30 lecture only meets the first week, then future lectures are done online. Students who can register for the 4:30 lecture should.) Click here for a schedule of the Fall 2014 teams.
You receive academic credit (1 or 2 credit hours per semester) for participating in EPICS. How academic credits are applied to your major depends on your degree program and is determined by your department and/or advisor. For more details, Click Here.
There are many benefits of participating in EPICS:
- Gain design experience of real systems
- Develop teamwork & communication skills
- Gain project planning & leadership experience
- Develop customer-awareness
- Gain understanding of ethical, economic, & legal issues
- Get involved in the community
- Have something to talk about in interviews!
- Make a difference!