Italy: May 9 - 31, 2015

Required Course: ENGR 290 Engineering in a Global/Societal Context


Engineering in a Global and Societal Context is a three-week study abroad course in which students experience the global and societal context of engineering including the impact of traditions, customs, and culture on engineering.

The primary theme of the program in 2015 is the importance of place for engineered systems. When a car could be made anywhere, cheese can be aged anywhere, or even a city could be sited elsewhere, why is it still important that some things can only be in some places? Why was this true for classical times, and why is it still true today? Sites to be visited include those that highlight the historical engineering accomplishments of Italy (Coliseum, Sistine Chapel, Tower of Pisa), current engineering sites (Venice, Ferrari, and manufacturers of food stuffs), and visits with a number of Universities (Pisa, Florence, Rome). The 2015 course will place a special emphasis on language in addition to engineering and culture.


All continuing engineering majors in good standing who have completed their sophomore or junior year at the time of the course are invited to apply. Information sessions will be available early in the Fall semester. Students who have completed their first year in engineering may apply and will be considered based upon available space and their qualifications. Students in allied majors (physical sciences, mathematics) may also be eligible and should contact faculty directors for more information.

This course will involve traveling through sites ancient and modern on bus and on foot, and given the nature of the ancient and medieval structures we will be visiting, students should expect stairs (sometimes steep or uneven) and other forms of uneven terrain. Each person will be responsible for handling their own luggage.


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