On March 7, a team of over 30 students from University of Pittsburgh paid a visit to Peking University (PKU) under the 5th PKU-Pitt INNOVATE program.
Leading the Pittsburgh team are Jayant Rajgopal, Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, Eric D. Paljug, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration, and Vanessa M. Sterling, Associate Director in the Study Abroad Office.
The Pittsburgh team
The team first had a campus tour and then gathered in the No.2 teaching building. Prof. Han Pingchou, assistant dean of the College of Engineering (COE), PKU and local host of the program warmly welcomed them.
Prof. Han gives a welcome speech
To give the visitors an idea of COE seniors’ innovation, one of the current COE globex design teams made a presentation about their project of Interactive Games of Gomoku in WiFi Direct Environment.
Professor Xiangdong Guo from the Department of History at PKU also gave a talk about “The Yuanmingyuan Imperial Palace and the Opium War”.
Long-term partnership has been in existence between the two universities, especially between the engineering schools for years. It is the 5th year that a Pitt Team consisting mostly of students from engineering visited PKU and interacted with students from PKU Engineering.
The Swanson School of Engineering has a strong engineering legacy built on the traditions of Pittsburgh's industrial past. It shares with COE many programs, such as bioengineering, materials science and engineering, and industrial engineering.
“We created this program and tried to make it a win-win collaboration for both sides. Students from Pittsburgh will learn more about China in general and PKU Engineering in particular. Pitt has also been a great partner for us as it accepts 2 PKU Engineering students every year for a semester exchange with a full tuition fees waiver,” said Prof. Han.