WB 2015 – MSU Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

Costa Rica – MSU / UCR – December 26, 2015 – January 9, 2016


My name is Mercedes Azofeifa Porras, I am a senior student of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. I am also a research assistant at the Agricultural Engineering School and the Engineering Research Institute at the University of Costa Rica. I currently live in the Greater Metropolitan Area; however my parents and siblings live in Upala. It is a place in northern Costa Rica, I grew up in this town but I also lived in different places in Guanacaste, in La Cruz, Cañas, Bagaces and Liberia. Living in rural areas made me lean toward the agricultural and agro-industrial area.

With my siblings and pets in Upala.

PicMonkey Collage.jpg


Thanks to these different stages of my life I met many people in Costa Rica, so I am very good at making social relationships with any
kind of people. This has motivated me to participate in the Student Volunteer Program at the UCR, where I could work and meet great people.


Volunteering Wildlife Refuge Isla San Lucas and 
Arenal Volcano National Park, 2013.


Likewise, I have being part of working groups in the UCR carrying out projects of design and research. All the aforementioned has served me as personal and professional growth. I expect the same of this course that I will take during these two weeks. I know it will be a great experience, especially for the intensive learning of English.

PicMonkey Collage2.jpgDesing of a meter moisture content in coffee leaves and a machine to harvest pineapple, 2015.


Studying engineering is one of my greatest passions and to participate in this course abroad it is an opportunity that I thank the Michigan State University for. These two weeks will be a complete adventure, we will visit wonderful places of Costa Rica which is one of the activities that I enjoy doing the most during my leisure time: to know new places and new people. This trip with the students and professors of the MSU is amazing because -besides enjoying many places- the main objective is to learn about the engineering applied in the tropics and discuss related issues.

So, thank you very much and Pura Vida!

Pura vida pic.jpgIn the Lankester Botanical Garden, 2013.

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