2012-2013 Academic Year 


September 25 - "Prof. Krueger's VIEP Experiences"

Valpo alumna, Prof. Katie Krueger, introduces VIEP-German through the eyes of a former student and now professor of mechanical engineering.  Learn about Prof. Krueger's co-op placement with the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) and about her career path since then.


October 25 - Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminar: Sustainable Architecture and Green Building Technologies

Co-hosted with the German-American Chambers of Commerce (GACCoM-Chicago)

Dr. Frank Heinlein: Director of Strategic Management at the DGNB (German parallel to LEEDS)
Erin Dillon: Valpo VIEP alumna and 2010 participant in GACCoM's week-long seminar in Germany on sustainable architecture
Oliver Baumann: President of Ebert & Baumann Consulting Engineers (Washington, D.C.)
Norbert Hennrich: General Manager, Weishaupt America (Elgin, IL)
Kyle Thomas: Engineering Manager, Energy Solutions, Combustion Systems, Inc. (Indianapolis)

2011-2012 Academic Year


September 27 - "A Visit Abroad: VIEP in Europe"

Professor Eric Johnson, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, gave a presentation on his recent visit to VIEP locations in Europe.


2010-2011 Academic Year


September 30 - "The Fourth-Year Experience: Erin Dillon and Jon Larson Reporting"

Civil Engineer, Erin Dillon, reports on the year in Germany that culminated with her work on a major construction site in Reutlingen: Erin was a member of the project team for the city's new civic center.  Jon Larson, Mechanical Engineering, reports on his work with WAFIOS, an international company with its headquarters in Reutlingen that produces machinery to bend and shape tubes and wires.


2009-2010 Academic Year


April 19 - "A Visit Abroad: VIEP in Europe"

Professor Eric Johnson, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, gave a presentation on his recent visit to VIEP locations in Europe.

2008-2009 Academic Year


Sept 18 - "VIEP from Start to Finish"

Valpo mechanical engineering alum and VIEP graduate Peter Krenzke talks about his experience in the VIEP program. There will also be a debriefing of the Schnuppertour from the students who went last May.

2007-2008 Academic Year


May 17 – 25-“Schnuppertour 2008”

Our second "Schnuppertour" to Reutlingen included nine students and two faculty members. The company tours (Bosch, Audi, Wafios) were informative and the tours to Sigmaringan and Zwiefalten were interesting. A summary of the trip including photos will be posted soon.


Sept 18 - "The VIEP Fourth Year Experience"

The class of 2008 (the second VIEP-class) presents their perspective on their year abroad including taking engineering courses in German at Reutlingen University and the specific cooperative-education placements that they each held:

  • Peter Krenzke:     Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Stuttgart)
  • Katie Krueger:     Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Stuttgart)
  • Nate Leonard:     Hansgrohe AG (Schiltach)

2006-2007 Academic Year


Sept 5 - "Co-op in Germany:  Perspectives from the First Viep-Class"

The class of 2007 (the first VIEP-class) presents their perspective on the specific cooperative-education placements that they each held:

  • Marc Meekma:       Bosch GmbH (Reutlingen)
  • Andrew Milleville:   Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Stuttgart)
  • Elizabeth Racop:     Bosch GmbH (Leonberg)

2005-2006 Academic Year


March 23 - "The VIEP Fourth-Year Experience: Life, Study, and Work in Reutlingen"

Prof. Eric Johnson, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and currently Director of the Reutlingen Study Abroad Program, returned for a week to Valpo to brief VIEP students on experiences that the VIEP Class of '07 is having in Germany.  His talk included a PowerPoint presentation providing information on the students' experience in Germany and a music-based slide show that featured Marc, Andrew, and Elizabeth in class, on tour, and on the job.

2004-2005 Academic Year


October 11 - "Schnuppertour De-Briefing"

Several VIEP-German students who participated in the May 2004 trip to Reutlingen and Villigen reported on their experience for the benefit of first-year students and professors on both the Engineering and German faculties. A slide show of the trip was included.


March 28 - "On the Autobahn Again: Living and Working in the Global Economy"

VU alumnus Dirk Busse ('95) returned to campus from Germany where he works for Siemens in the telecommunications area. Because Dirk is culturally and linguistically fluent in German, English, and Chinese, his career has taken him around the world.

2003-2004 Academic Year


October 6 - “A Valpo Engineer in Reutlingen”

Presentation by Christopher Lehmann. Valpo and CoE Alumnus, Chris Lehmann, returned to campus to talk about his experiences as an engineering student who not only studied abroad in Reutlingen, but also took a summer internship in the Reutlingen city government (streets and sanitation). During his presentation, Mr. Lehmann showed slides and described his experiences living and working in Reutlingen.


May 15 – 23-“Schnuppertour 2004”

Nine VIEP students and two faculty members spent one week in the Reutlingen area learning about the German culture and visiting engineering companies. The students had a wonderful time and are looking forward to their own year in Germany.