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Rose-Hulman Students Expand Global Awareness in Sweden

September 11, 2012


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Students taking Computing in a Global Society this fall quarter, taught by Cary Laxer, Ph.D., are in Sweden's Uppsala University this week beginning work on a collaborative international design project to develop electronic medical records.

This continues a long-standing relationship between Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Uppala, one of Sweden's leading universities, and is part of the institute's expanding global programs initiative.

Professor Laxer is providing daily postcard reports about the group's daily activities . . . 

Friday, September 14

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The last day in Sweden was spent making a presentation to the client on how the class viewed the project and what the teams proposed to accomplish during the rest of the fall quarter. The Rose-Hulman students will now work electronically with their Swedish team members, until mid-December when the team will return to Uppsala for a final presentation.  

Students compared project notes and objectives for a final time before separating to begin work on this year's international design project.    



The client was very pleased with the presentation.  During the evening, the Swedish students hosted a dinner for their Rose-Hulman colleagues. Most of the students enjoyed a filet of reindeer, a native dish of Sweden. Then, the Rose-Hulman team prepared to fly home.  

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    Senior software engineering major George Mammarella presents aspects of his team's project during the final group session.

Wednesday, September 12

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Rose-Hulman students examine a 17th century warship that's on display at the Vasa Museum warship in Stockholm, Sweden.





This was cultural sightseeing day in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. The group visited the Vasa Museum, home of a 17th century warship that sank in its maiden voyage due to poor engineering design. The ship is very well preserved, and 95 percent of the display features original material.



There were also visits to Skansen, the world's first open-air museum which was founded in 1891; many animals native to Scandinavia, including reindeer, moose, and bear; and historical buildings that date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A short ferry ride took the group to Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm, where students strolled the streets, did some souvenir shopping, saw the Royal Palace, and enjoyed a nice dinner.

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The nine Rose-Hulman students participating in this fall's  international design project stand in front of the Vasa Museum  in Stockholm, Sweden.


Tuesday, September 11

Tuesday, the students made presentations to each other about their respective schools, about the health care system in Sweden, and about e-health services. The groups also exchanged project ideas and chose project leaders (one from each school). Further discussions led to a tentative project organization for the rest of the academic term. Tomorrow will provide a cultural excursion to Stockholm.




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Students saw a Viking runestone during their visit to Uppsala.

Monday, September 10

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The students had their first full day of class time together. They started with a seminar from Helena Bernáld, a cross-cultural communications expert.  She spoke to the joint class on the importance of cross-cultural communication and understanding, especially in computer science and software engineering. The project client, Benny Eklund, presented his thoughts on this year's project, and team members began planning ahead on the important points of the project. The project is expected to be defined later in the week. The day ended with a dinner, hosted by the two schools.  

Helena Bernald talks about the importance of cross-cultural communications.     



Sunday, September 9 

The Rose-Hulman team spent its first full day in Uppsala, Sweden by seeing some of the sights in the city. The day began withbrunch alongside some of the Uppsala University students. This was followed by a visit to the Gustavianum, the Uppsala University museum, where a guide described all of the Viking boat graves that have been found in the Uppsala area. The group also saw the original thermometer used by Celsius in his experiments, and a new exhibit on Three Tons of Minicomputers. Following the museum, the students visited Uppsala Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Scandinavia. A walk around the city took the group to the main academic building for the university, Uppsala Castle. 


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 Students get down to business, learning about this year's project.