Virtual Winter Institute

Virtual Winter Institute


In January 2021, Engineering World Health invited university STEM students to join a new virtual program that brought together groups of students from the U.S. and Uganda. The course focused on low-resource design and engineering for healthcare in an international setting. Participants worked in international teams to foster exchange and collaboration.

Students worked and learned together remotely throughout this course. Material was taught by EWH engineers. The course covered concepts for biomedical design, collaboration, ethics, and entrepreneurship as these topics relate to engineering for low-resource environments. Students worked independently through self-directed learning modules as well as collaborated virtually in groups to further develop design ideas and exchange knowledge. Teams were also assigned a program mentor from either the U.S. or Uganda with significant engineering background and experience in low-resource hospitals to help them throughout this process.

You can see each team's final presentation here.

The final program report is here.

Dates: The course runs on a three week timeline, starting January 4 and ending January 22.

Cost: $500 per student, due 10 days after acceptance.

Students can expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on independent work and should plan to virtually meet with their groups twice per week throughout the program.

Criteria: Participants may choose to participate in either the "Capstone" or "Curiosity" level track. Participants of the "Capstone" track must be a student or recent graduate of a university and be studying engineering or a related STEM discipline. Participants in the "Curiosity" track may be students in U.S. grades 11 or 12, or the international equivalent.

At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion. On request, EWH will gladly provide summary materials to present to your home university in support of any independent study credit you may seek.

Sign-ups are now closed. Thank you everyone for your enthusiastic response to this program! Check out the design teams' final projects here.