Water Works

A host of USF engineering students have visited the Netherlands to study water issues and adapting to changing climate.



Video and Story by Katy Hennig

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (June, 21, 2012) - Students from the University of South Florida's College of Engineering traveled to the Netherlands during the past three summers, from 2009 through 2011, as part of the International Research Experience for Students, or IRES.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the trip in an effort to increase global awareness about water issues and give the students the opportunity to visit and research at UNESCO-IHE, a leading Institute for water education in Delft, Netherlands.


The groups were comprised of undergraduate and graduate students on various research tracks that were applied to existing research at the Institute.


The 18 engineering students each kept a blog during their travels to the Netherlands. The journal entries track the development and cultural transformation of the students over the 12-week research expeditions.


International students from UNESCO-IHE visited the University of South Florida in May to participate in the annual Patel School Water Resource Management course.


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