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Erol Ulucakli, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will lead the semester abroad program

This spring, 34 students will spend the semester studying engineering and German language and culture in a Lafayette faculty-led program at Jacobs University Bremen (JUB). Erol Ulucakli, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will lead the trip.

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The Lafayette group, which consists mostly of second semester engineering sophomores, will take various classes at JUB, including those which discuss such topics as differential equations, strength of materials, and analog circuits. During their stay in Bremen from Jan. 24-May 31, Ulucakli will also be teaching two sections of “Engineering Professionalism and Ethics.”

All of the Lafayette students are also required to take a humanities course on German culture and history. The whole group will have class trips to Berlin, Brussels, Belgium, and Krakow, Poland, to experience a wider range of European culture.

Students will live in residence halls on the JUB campus and will be integrated with students from around the world, as the majority of the student population is international. To help students become better acquainted with Germany and its people, JUB also offers a host program. Students who would like to can live with a host family off-campus.

JUB is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It was founded in 1999 by the people of Bremen as the International University of Bremen. In 2006, the university changed its name to Jacobs University Bremen after receiving a major gift from the Jacobs Foundation. Lafayette began offering its faculty-led program there in the spring semester of 2005.

“They are looking forward to having us there and to have our students get involved with college and campus activities,” says Ulucakli.

Students who are going on the trip come from all four of the engineering disciplines offered at Lafayette, as well as other majors.

Civil and environmental engineering majors include Jason Garman ’10 (Seymour, Conn.), Stephanie Mason ’10 (New York, N.Y), and Marquis Scholars Michael Adelman ’10 (Clarks Summit, Pa.), Emily Bernzott ’10 (Babylon, N.Y.), Jeffrey Shoemaker ’10 (Schnecksville, Pa.), and Jessalyn Rolwood ’10 (Titusville, N.J.).

Chemical engineering majors are Trustee Scholar Lee Aroyo ’10 (East Brunswick, N.J.), Hoi Ying Man ’10 (Queens Village, N.Y.), Jarrod Rottau ’10 (Tabernacle, N.J.), Natalie Soldwisch ’10 (Buffalo, N.Y.), and Marcel Naguiat ’10 (Beacon, N.Y.), who is also majoring in international studies & engineering.

Electrical and computer engineering majors include Bradley Helland ’10 (Media, Pa.), Andrew Kotsopey ’10 (Yardville, N.J.), Dennis Waldron ’10 (Owings, Md.), Brian Warner ’10 (Bellport, N.Y.), and Trustee Scholar Lucas Zmroczek ’10 (Leesport, Pa.).

Mechanical engineering majors are William Booz ’10 (Durham, Conn.); Chak Man Chan ’10 (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Peter Crouse ’10 (Media, Pa.), who is also majoring in international studies & engineering; Christopher Glick ’10 (Lancaster, Pa.); Timothy Hatch ’10 (Glens Falls, N.Y.); Amy Head ’10 (Evanston, Ill.); Amy Mickiewicz ’10 (Tolland, Conn.); Philip Nelson ’10 (Attleboro, Mass.); Marquis Scholars Colin Smith ’10 (Renton, Wash.), Nicholas Ferenchak ’10 (Catasauqua, Pa.), and Monica Milanovich ’10 (Broomall, Pa.); Samir Awuapara ’10 (Lima, Peru), who is also majoring in economics & business; Zachary Cleary ’10 (South Glastonbury, Conn.), who is also majoring in international studies & engineering; and Joash Mudalige ’10 (Homagama, Sri Lanka), who is also majoring in international studies & engineering.

Other students spending the semester in Bremen are Michael Atamanchuk ’09 (Martinsville, N.J.), who is double majoring in engineering studies and international affairs; Meghan Hayward ’10 (Centereach, N.Y.), a Marquis Scholar who is majoring in chemistry, Christopher Shafer ’10 (Bethel, Conn.), who is majoring in mathematics-economics, and Kira Varela ’10 (Easton, Pa.), a Trustee Scholar who is majoring in biochemistry.foreign

Lafayette offers a variety of faculty-led and other study abroad programs. For information, contact Roxanne Lalande, director of study abroad programs and professor of foreign languages and literatures, (610) 330-5918 or

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