EMPOWERING ENGINEERS AND TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS TO
Connecting Engineering to Community Service
Solving community challenges through the power of technology and education, EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) gives students a platform to work with engineering professionals to develop solutions that transform communities across the globe. We are committed to fulfilling the IEEE core purpose of fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
Preparing the Next Generation of Engineers
Technology can change the world, but it takes people working together, using skills such as communication, collaboration, and creativity to apply technical solutions to community challenges.
Unfortunately, engineering students don’t have enough opportunities to foster those critical soft skills in real-world settings before entering the workforce.
That’s why EPICS champions a unique, service-learning approach to engineering education that focuses on hands-on experience and holistic skill development. Students collaborate with IEEE engineering professionals on community enhancement projects to design, build, and deploy sustainable solutions. In the process, they develop highly sought-after skills such as project management, leadership, teamwork, communication, and decision-making.
The result is young engineers well-equipped for the workforce and a community transformed by the power of technology.
Global Reach, Local Impact
Wherever you are, you can make an impact in your community. Here are some of our projects from around the world.
EPICS IN IEEE
Dealing with the real problems of deploying an engineering project is for sure something you do not learn in the classroom…. all the students participating in the project are facing new real situations, which are better preparing us to the job market.
I have been able to learn how to link-up and interact with communities successfully and how to get communities to appreciate, adopt, and utilize innovative communities for their benefit. I have also been able to widen my skills base in technology, management, and human relations.
Small grants like EPICS in IEEE are an incredible resource for students and small teams. The EPICS grant helped us get off the ground, and later lent an air of legitimacy to future grant applications and publications.
Explore the latest news, resources, and tips on engineering for community improvement
Behind the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith in Columbus, Ohio, a robot tends to a small community garden. It moves across tracks mounted on two-by-fours that allow it to operate along three axes in The Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden while diligently...
An update on Project DIANA, a student-run project under EPICS in IEEE. By Amanda Weissman Seven students of IEEE STEAM Club at Ohlone College have taken on the wide-scale goal of reducing harmful gasses to preserve both native and endangered species while improving...
Saurabh Sinha MEMBER GRADE: Senior Member A student member since the 1990s and Professor of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalization at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, “I acquired experience within IEEE in a...
HOW WE WORK
Looking to volunteer, lead a project, or partner with us? Here’s what you need to know.
How do I submit a project proposal?
How much funding can I get for a project?
Awards can be used for project-related supplies (as opposed to personnel costs) and typically range from US$1,000 to US$10,000 apiece.
What is the project approval process?
The EPICS in IEEE initiative team will review your submission and will contact you within 30 days of receipt for either more information or with an acceptance or rejection notice.
How do I become a project volunteer?
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