Community service agencies 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 backgrounds. Undergraduate 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.
EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) started at IUPUI in the Fall of 2006. The specific problems are identified by local non-profit organizations. Based on the problem the EPICS team designs, builds, and delivers a working solution to the non-profit group. There are little or no monetary costs to the non-profit group, only a time commitment to consult with the EPICS Engineering Team.