Studying at the Arecibo Observatory

Aerial view of the Arecibo Observatory

Electrical and computer engineering students participating in the Puerto Rico study abroad this winter term will complete part of their program 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. 

Three classes are offered as part of this program: ECE 302, ECE 395, and ECE 427/527.

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

For more information about other study abroad experiences, visit Miami’s study abroad website.

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