Guest Post by Lauren Hampton, Plastics Engineering Technology major
No matter how vivid the photos or descriptive the lecture, there’s nothing quite like seeing and experiencing another country in person. And, in today’s increasingly global business climate, it’s vital that students be versed in the culture and business practices of international partners. There is much to be learned from seeing how others do it. That’s why, every year, students in the Plastics Engineering Technology (PLET) program have the opportunity to travel overseas to visit plastics companies and universities and attend a plastics trade show, too.
On Thursday, Oct. 17th, a group of PLET majors embarked on an 11-day trip to Germany. We asked student Lauren Hampton to keep a travel log and tell us about the trip. Here is her report latest report from Germany:
Day 6 — Tuesday
Today, we toured the Mercedes Benz engine plant in Stuttgart. We learned about the company’s history in the Neckar Valley. The afternoon was spent doing various activities. Students toured museums, visited landmarks, and explored the town.
Students at the Mercedes engine plant in Stuttgart.
Students at Birkenkopf.
Dr. Smith likes cake.
Day 7 — Wednesday
Today we toured Arburg, a prominent injection molding machine manufacturer. Following the tour, we traveled to Füssen. In Füssen, students went out for dinner and explored the town afterwards. Throughout the day, we rode on a total of seven trains – which is a lot of trains, if you ask me.
Group photo at Arburg.
Happy train travelers — Dr. Smith, Dr. Jaafar, and Ryan Malatesta.
The lonely traveler: Mr. Meckley.
Students at dinner.
Day 8 — Thursday
Today we hiked up to Neuschwanstein Castle. We had a private tour inside the castle and then explored the surrounding area. Some went shopping while others hiked up Säuling Mountain. Then, we travelled to Munich – our final destination.
Group photo at Neuschwanstein Castle.
Dr. Jaafar at the top of Säuling Mountain.