Non-profit organizations face a future in which they must take advantage of technology to improve, coordinate, account for, and deliver the services they provide.They need the help of people with strong technical skills. Undergraduate computer science and software engineering students face a future in which they will need more than solid expertise in their discipline to succeed. They will be expected to work with people of many different backgrounds to identify and achieve goals. They need educational experiences that can help them broaden their skills. The challenge is to bring these two groups together in a mutually beneficial way that results in both parties gaining experience and useful resources from each other.
What is EPICS? Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local non-profit organizations.
We Are Community Partners. Each team has a partnership with a non-profit organization. Butler University EPICS teams have delivered numerous projects to their community partners.
Our Academic Structure is Unmatched. Each team of 2 to 4 students is comprised of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Teams are advised by Butler faculty, staff, and engineers from the local industry. Students earn academic credits each semester and may register for up to four years.
We Fulfill Mutual Needs. EPICS students gain long-term define-design-build-test-deploy-support experience and communication skills. Our Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) course is required for both the Computer Science and Software Engineering programs. In this course, which we offer every semester, teams of students, led by students, work on software projects for charity and not-for-profit organizations. Our alumni praise the EPICS program for the team-building and communications skills it develops. We all find deep satisfaction when the work we do helps make the world a better place.