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
EPICS in IEEE is proud to announce the launch of The Fischer Mertel Community of Projects. This grant supports students in solving challenges that will benefit their community in a tangible way through EPICS in IEEE. This grant honors two IEEE Electromagnetic...
To celebrate Mentoring Month this January, EPICS in IEEE would like to thank the mentors supporting our student teams! 2022 was the pilot year for the EPICS in IEEE mentoring program and the program received significant interest from IEEE members. The committee...
Four student members of the IEEE student branch of Oakton Community College came together to address climate change in Chicago, whilst increasing sustainable and healthy practices in the community. After much collaboration, they decided to accomplish this through an...
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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