Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CEE 409/509 Engineering Rome - coming in 2013!

Engineering Rome is a UW Exploration Seminar that covers Roman and Italian engineering over a range of 3,000 years from Ancient Rome to the present day. It consists of one 5-credit course, CEE 409/509 Engineering Rome, that takes place in two sessions. First, a once-per-week orientation session meets in Spring 2013 to provide background information, and program orientation. Second, an in-depth session meets in Rome, Italy at the UW Rome Center for three weeks during the 2013 Summer-Fall quarter break (28 August to 18 September 2013). To obtain credit for the course students are required to be registered for and attend both sessions.

Program Content
This program relies on its proximity to over 3,000 years of cutting-edge engineering in the heart of Rome. It provides engineering students or those interested in engineering a unique international and historical perspective on the engineering practice and its contributions to society. Rome is one of the richest sites in the world for exploring engineering through the ages from ancient Roman aqueducts, to Baroque basilicas, to modern subways, to sustainable life in a massive modern city. Students, will interact with local experts on Roman cities, archeology, construction, infrastructure and sustainability. Students will develop skills that allow them to analyze and evaluate civil infrastructure of all ages. Skills will be put to practice with classroom engineering analysis, expert lectures, and site visits guided by Roman experts in the engineering aspects of these sites (both modern and ancient).

Who Can Take the Class
Anyone enrolled at the University of Washington. The class is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. You do not need to be a Civil and Environmental Engineering major, or even an Engineering major. You just need an interest in the subject. Keep in mind that we will be doing engineering analysis in the class so that type of activity should be something you are okay with doing and able to do. If you have had math education up to, but not including, calculus you should be just fine.

More information

Information sessions: There will be several in-person information sessions on the UW campus in Fall 2012 and Winter 2013. Stay tuned for the dates.
Course website: (it is a UW Catalyst Common View page)
Facebook: (LIKE this to keep up to date on happenings)
E-mail: ask Professor Steve Muench at:

If you are interested, do this now:

1.       Go to the course website and read the details for the course.
2.       LIKE Engineering Rome on Facebook - this keeps you in contact with any breaking news regarding the program. It also lets me know who is interested in the course.
3.       E-mail me (Steve Muench) if you have any questions at all.