The Lafayette College Technology Clinic is a program that engages small groups of students, nominated by professors and mentored by two faculty facilitators of Lafayette College. Each Technology Clinic team works together on imaginative solutions to real-world problems over the course of two semesters. Past teams have worked on projects involving sustainability, improving traffic patterns, medical records, drunk driving, urban ecology and riverside landscapes for local governments, NGOs and corporate sponsors. The make-up of each team is deliberately interdisciplinary, with members selected from sciences, social sciences, engineering, and humanities. Since the Technology Clinic’s founding in 1986, the course has offered its participants rewarding experiences through projects that emphasize problem-solving and consulting skills. The students meet twice a week, to share information, discuss ideas and determine assignments for subsequent weeks – everyone makes different contributions each week. This requires both an independence as well as a dependence on the group to devise imaginative solutions for the client.
Enrollment in Tech Clinic, usually offered in two sections each year, is very competitive. Students rate it among their most interesting and valuable experiences at the College.