New Outreach Program Creates Passage to India

Faculty and students from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in Tamilnadu, India, are traveling to Merrimack College for a series of lectures and shared academic experiences — without ever having to leave their desks.

The lectures are part of a new global-outreach program, Mack-GPS, funded by the Provost Innovation Fund.

Mack-GPS aims to develop academically based partnerships with faculty at collaborating institutions in India by showcasing the colleges’ faculty, facilities and students in real time. Each faculty member participating in the program will deliver live a one-hour lecture, webinar or seminar in English that will be simulcast on the Internet.

Rickey Caldwell Jr., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently delivered the inaugural talk, “Introduction to Engineering Vibration,” which was viewed simultaneously by students and faculty in India and at Merrimack. The lecture examined linear and nonlinear oscillation problems that may appear in field such as aerospace, automotive and electronics.

“This program provides opportunities for Merrimack students to encounter an international point of view and connect with students around the world,” explained Vice Provost Jonathan Lyon. “It also has the potential of increasing international student recruitment by exposing Indian students to Merrimack.”

Mack-GPS is one of many ways Merrimack is bringing the world to campus and vice versa, providing a true international experience for students across all disciplines, Lyon added.

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