The mission of the Program for Assistive Technologies for Underprivileged (PATU) is to allow students to practice engineering skills while they develop strong communication and teamwork skills, gain global perspective, and learn social responsibility through projects for persons with disabilities that otherwise could not afford assistance.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Let’s get this (party) started!

Ok, it’s not really a party, but the Brazil Travelers of 2018 are happy to have finally gotten our itinerary started today!

We started our travels boarding a bus at St. Ambrose to head rob chicago. We got checked in at O’Hare and landed in Atlanta with no problems-even checking all of our luggage went off without a hitch!

But Atlanta did not treat us well. After sitting on the plane for over an hour, we were told we had to deplane while they repaired something that was leaking. While I think we can all appreciate being safe, the next 24 hours would be exhausting. They set us (and the other ~200 passengers) up in the same hotel. It took a ya hours to get to our beds, leaving only a few hours for rest before we were back to the airport...so we could stand in line at security, at the gate to get new tickets, and to wait another 1.5 hours on the plane while they figured out who was actually there and who wasn’t (supposedly a glitch in the system).

We did eventually make it to Rio (yay!) and to our hotel. Big thanks to Fabricio for being patient with us and helping the starving students McDonalds at 2am.

Today we took it easy (we were all still pretty tired). Engineering students from CRFET gave us a great presentation about Rio, CEFET (the university), and the region.

He students had their first experience having Brazilian buffet for lunch. I am pretty sure they enjoyed the food!

We then toured Nuclep, a company that machines very large parts for the nuclear industry. And had yours of the mechanical engineering labs at CEFET.

We’ve been busy bees, and we have only just begun!

Today's reflection: Compare and contrast the manufacturing processes you saw today at Nuclep and the mechanical engineering labs to what you know of manufacturing in the US.

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