The Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in Italy program will focus on an exchange of knowledge of built infrastructure in both Italy and the U.S. The program will compare and contrast differences between the two countries, explore historical and cultural reasons for differences, and envision more sustainable and resilient built infrastructure. Activities will include site visits, meetings with Italian officials, and round table discussions with students from the University of Udine. Ohio State students in this program will participate in lectures at Ohio State prior to travel and be given a pre-travel assignment to research a built infrastructure in the U.S. Students will present this built infrastructure to their Italian counterparts.
The program includes a visit to nearby Venice, a unique city facing issues of sea level rise. The city is building a flood barrier that will raise during high tide to protect the city from flooding. Students and faculty will discuss construction of Venice and historical preservation of the buildings. Students will also travel to Pavia, Italy near Milan. Pavia is home to the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE). The EUCENTRE Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes, supports and develops research and training in the field of risk mitigation. Students will learn how this unique center tests structural components of built infrastructure and works to improve design of structural elements.
By participating in this program, students will:
1. Identify, analyze, and effectively communicate components of built infrastructure that enhance sustainability and resilience
2. Devise practical and sustainable engineering solutions that may be applicable, or limitations in its applicability in the U.S.
3. Develop an understanding and appreciation of global diversity
* This program is offered every other year and will run again in Summer 2019.
Italy offers a unique learning environment with many examples of struggles with resilience and sustainability in a developed country. The host university, University of Udine, is located in a primarily rural region of Italy. While simultaneously being one of the best educated regions in the country, it struggles with decline populations in the small agrarian villages and towns - a challenge many small farming communities in Ohio also face.
Students will stay in dormitory-style housing while in Udine and in shared rooms at local hotels during excursions to Venice and Pavia.
Linda Weavers, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
Halil Sezen, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
Education Abroad Coordinator