Engineering Students Study Abroad in Puerto Rico

Overhead view of the Arecibo Observatory.

Electrical and computing engineering students participating in the Puerto Rico study abroad will complete part of the workshop at the Arecibo Observatory. 

As the site of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, the Observatory is recognized as one of the most important national centers for research in radio astronomy, planetary radar and terrestrial aeronomy. Use of the Arecibo Observatory is available on an equal, competitive basis to all scientists from throughout the world. [Source]

The facility is an IEEE Milestone and an ASME Landmark. It’s also a movie site for Contact and the James Bond movie 007 Golden-Eye among others. 

Students will use the facility to take the data, using Matlab for data analysis, and learn how to write a research paper.  Students will also have opportunities to tour sites of cultural, ecological and geological significance.

Photo credit: NAIC - Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF