SIGD Study Abroad in France 2019

Saint Chapelle chapel in Paris

This year's L*unchbox workshop at Mines Saint-Étienne was manufacturing-themed

This spring, graphic and industrial design students traveled to France as part of one of several SIGD study abroad programs. The France study abroad, directed by Shea Tillman, is one of the school’s most popular trips, and usually takes place every two years.

Upon arrival, students toured Paris and visited several of the city’s landmarks, including Notre Dame, the Champs-Élysées, and the Musée d’Orsay.

After leaving Paris, students participated in the L*unchBox Workshop at Mines Saint-Étienne, one of France’s most prominent engineering graduate schools. This year’s workshop topic challenged students with the question, “What will your future neighborhood factory look like?” The multicultural and interdisciplinary workshop focused on integrating digital manufacturing technologies within communities, and allowed students to collaborate on projects in small groups. Auburn is one of only five international institutions invited to participate in L*unchbox, which brings together students from across the engineering and design fields.

This year, Auburn ’17 INDD alumna Rachel Williams, now working in user experience research for Bosch USA, led the workshop facilitation. “It was really special having Rachel spearhead L*unchBox this year after leading her as a student participant in 2016,” said Shea. “Her leadership this year is a testament to the value this collaboration has held for our students.”

Upon completing the four-day workshop, students wrapped up their trip with a sightseeing excursion to Lyon, where they visited several historic sites.

Related people:
Shea Tillman