Talk about a graduation present.
Four years, thousands of work hours, $80,000 in fundraising and a last-minute miracle later, a group of Arizona State University students has finished a large-scale charity project just in time for its last two members to graduate. Five women and one man make up Engineering Smiles, a group that designed a mobile dental clinic that will serve tens of thousands of people in Nicaragua and underserved communities in Arizona and California. None of the students was involved in dentistry. Instead, they found each other through ASU’s Engineering Projects in Community Service program, or EPICS, a sort of extracurricular activity for altruistic engineers.
It ended up being one of the moist ambitious projects to come out of the program.