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The Peugeot Center seeks to foster holistic missions through engineering projects where students and professionals work together for the glory of God.
The Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering has been doing this since 2004, and the Peugeot Center will carry this work even further. Whether it’s a stove for a family in Guatemala, a bridge between two schools in Honduras or a water delivery system for a Christian camp in the Dominican Republic, the projects supported by the center make a difference in the lives of people in developing communities. They also offer students the chance to experience a world different from their own and learn what it takes to be an engineer outside the classroom. Students lead the projects, work on design and testing of projects, and many travel to the country to construct or install the finished product themselves. Projects come and go and they change constantly, but they change lives, both the lives of those for whom they are designed and the lives of those who design them.
Humbling as it sounds, we are not the Hero. Engineering often appears to be a super power and can often tempt us to think of ourselves as heroes. However, we have discovered through these engineering projects and partnerships that we are only part of a much grander story being written. The true heros are the individuals in the organizations and communities we partner with. With every project and trip they teach us to serve, listen, pray, encourage and engage our neighbors with love. At best we are a sidekick, thankful to be included in the restoration that God is orchestrating all over the world. This is our vocation as engineers and our blessing as followers of God.