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LEAP Shanghai 2019 Photo Gallery

In early January 2019, 20 junior-year boilermakers from the Schools of ME, IE, and ECE took a giant leap forward, flying to Shanghai for their semester abroad program LEAP-SJTU. Highlight moments below demonstrates why Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has become and remained the most popular foreign destinations for Purdue engineering students to study abroad.

Taking core engineering classes with students from all over the world

LEAP-Shanghai students meeting students from China, Germany, France, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, and many other places, ready to take technical courses such as Thermodynamics II (ME300), Heat & Mass transfer (ME315); Structure and Properties of Materials (MSE230) as well as Chinese language and culture courses.

Students with letters spelling out LEAP SJTU ME 2019
Students at tables talking

Cultural workshops

LEAP-Shanghai students immersed themselves in the Chinese culture by attending several cultural workshops in Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Guzheng (a 21-string traditional musical instruments), Martial Arts, and Cooking.

Students with Red Chinese Caligraphy
Students working on a Guzheng

Industrial visits

Students toured factory floors and labs in two prestigious institutions: 1) the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and its ARJ21 regional jet manufacturing floor; 2) Caterpillar R&D Center in China (CRDC). Both visits provided students with a rare chance to observe how problem-solving and teamwork play out in different cultures.

Students in front of a replica plane
Students with the Purdue Boilermakers flag

Job shadowing

In CRDC, our students were able to shadow under Caterpillar product design engineers via a 2-hour-long case study session. Students were intensely engaged in their competition for the best solution for a real-world design problem faced by the CRDC engineers -- designing an electromechanical switch to guide a bulldozers bucket. The level of challenged from the chosen case matched perfectly our students technical background and skillsets. "It was extremely cool to see some of the things I have learned in my studies at Purdue being applied in an actual working environment. said one student. One student commented that Working with the local engineers was also very enlightening. We learned so much about cross-cultural communication and teamwork from our interactions with the local engineers!"

Students in a classroom
Student presenting with a white hand drawn diagram

Chinese New Year celebration with Alumni

Students were celebrating Chinese New Year with the amazingly energetic and creative alumni club in Shanghai.

Students around a table eating
Students and Alumni with the Purdue Alumni flag

Travel around China

In the spirit of celebrating the largest festival in China, which is the Chinese Spring Festival, our students traveled around China by air or high-speed trains, gaining some of the iconic experiences from their trips: from seeing the Giant Panda Reserves in Chengdu to the marvelous Terra-cotta Warriors Xian, the Ice Sculpture in Haerbin, climbing the Great Wall caped in light snow, hiking on mountains in Emei, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Lijiang, etc. (selected photos contributed by the students).

Student running down a long mountainous path
Students in front of traditional Chinese Architecture
Students on the Great Wall
Student with two small kids in front of a Chinese skyline