This program has evolved and grown into the Program by Design (PBD) project. This site is now out-of-date and remains only for historical purposes. Please instead go to the PBD site for up-to-date information.

Garden City, Long Island, New York: hosted by Adelphi University

Organized by Prof. Stephen Bloch

Adelphi University was the first co-educational college in New York State. It combines a commitment to liberal-arts education with highly-regarded professional programs in education, nursing, psychology, and social work; it boasts small class sizes, a friendly, informal approach to students, and a faculty deeply committed to teaching. The campus is situated in the safe, attractive, suburban village of Garden City, in Long Island, NY, and is a few blocks from a commuter rail station, providing easy access (c. 45 minutes) to New York City, the financial and cultural capital of the United States.

Providence, Rhode Island: hosted by Brown University

Organized by Prof. Viera Proulx (Northeastern), Prof. Kathi Fisler (WPI) and Prof. Shriram Krishnamurthi (Brown)

Northeastern University is a private research university, offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate. A world leader in practice-oriented education, Northeastern emphasizes educational programs that link classroom learning with workplace experience and integrate professional preparation with study in the liberal arts and sciences.

WPI, located in Worcester, MA, is the third oldest college of science and engineering in the United States. Recent U.S. News & World Report rankings have placed WPI in the top 50 national universities. WPI's innovative project-based curriculum, which requires all students to complete three original projects (one in each of the humanities, the interplay of society and technology, and the student's major discipline), reflects WPI's hallmark emphasis on combining theory and practice in education. WPI also emphasizes a global perspective in engineering education; roughly half of the students design solutions to local problems in worldwide locations (such as Venice, Bangkok, and Costa Rica) to fulfill their project requirements.

Brown University, the seventh oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, predates the American Revolution and is a member of the Ivy League. Brown has a distinguished faculty, an exceptional student body, a long history of tolerance and diversity, and a unique academic curriculum. Brown is especially well known for its innovative uses of technology to enhance the classroom. Both the undergraduate computer science program and the graduate computer science department have long been among the nation's best.

Providence, founded in 1636, is one of the nation's oldest cities and has a strong record of historic preservation. Its compact layout makes it easy to access the many cultural, culinary, and educational attractions of the city. Providence and its surroundings have many historical reminders of America's birth and growth. The Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawsox) are the Boston Red Sox's AAA team, and a beloved summer-time destination. Nearby tourist destinations include Boston, Newport, Cape Cod, and the many other attractions of New England.