EPICS in IEEE empowers students to work with local service organizations to apply technical knowledge to implement solutions for a community’s unique challenges. In this way, EPICS in IEEE not only assists communities in achieving their specific local community improvement goals but also encourages students to pursue engineering for community improvement as a career.
An IEEE Foundation Signature Program, EPICS in IEEE has proven its ability to deliver on the IEEE core purpose of fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
The EPICS in IEEE program connects engineering with community service in four categories of community improvement effort:
- Access and Abilities—By bringing together student branches at universities, secondary students and non-profit organizations, there is a greater ability to solve accessibility issues within communities. As students learn to help their community or country through engineering projects, non-profit organizations establish themselves in order to maintain new and profound change. EPICS in IEEE Access and Abilities projects help enable adaptive services, clinics for those in need (such as children with disabilities), programs for adults and assistive technologies.
- Education and Outreach—EPICS in IEEE strives to help young students to discover the benefits of science, math, technology and engineering for their futures. Many projects give students hands-on experiences in order to stimulate their interests in those fields. Through these EPICS in IEEE projects, communities and schools lacking in strong engineering programs gain new curriculums along with new facilities in which to explore new areas of the topic.
- Environment—Engineering and science are key solutions to answering environmental issues. In communities in every region around the world, environments change with the evolution of technology and the need for sustainability. Many EPICS in IEEE projects concern themselves with new ways to create electricity and energy, recycling and the use of renewable energy sources. Through these EPICS in IEEE projects, young students learn about the impact of environmental issues and how engineering can be part of the solution. They also gain exposure to potential jobs with a growing demand for alternative energy and environmental solutions.
- Human Services—Through their experiences in Human Services EPICS in IEEE projects, students find connections between engineering and the tremendous scope of community needs globally. This includes homelessness prevention, affordable housing, family and children agencies, neighborhood revitalization and local government. Even after an EPICS in IEEE project is complete, lasting impact continues to be felt through the local non-profit organization’s involvement.