Civil Engineering 4011
May 15 - June 3, 2011
Professor and Civil Engineering Department Head Roberto Ballarini will once again offer this popular seminar. The purpose of this class is to explore the development of structures and building materials in Italy from Roman times to the present. Fundamentals of material behavior, structural mechanics, and design methods will be presented by the instructors and guest lecturers from Italian universities. Under the guidance of local engineers and faculty, numerous ancient and modern sites will be visited to highlight innovations in construction materials, form, and monitoring. Strong local contacts assure "insider" site visits and tours well beyond the normal tourist access.
Travel across Northern Italy will be highlighted by stays in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice; participants also will see Verona, Pisa, and the Cinque Terre. The influence of culture, art and security on the technological developments will be emphasized.