SDSU Engineers See the World – Summer 2010 Study Abroad
Panama City, Panama
Five students and faculty advisors Dr. Julio Valdes and Mr. Tom Zink stayed at the "City of Knowledge" technological campus adjacent to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal for an outstanding 5 week study abroad experience beginning June 1. Students took two courses: Canal Engineering and History of the Panama Canal, taught by Dr. Valdes and Mr. Zink. Along with VIP presentations and site visits from canal authorities, the group visited canal dams, locks, and excavation sites for the canal expansion program. Weekend trips to the mountains and islands, exploring the city and becoming SCUBA certified while in Panama rounded out the experience for the students. Dr. Valdes said, “the trip was a great success.” He and Mr. Zink plan to take a larger group of approximately 15 students for the summer 2011 program.
Dr. Mauro Pierucci, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering, organized a summer study abroad trip for 17 engineering students to the University of Pisa from May 25 th through June 25 th with. While there, students took two classes, E280, Methods of Analysis, taught by Dr. Pierucci, and a General Studies course, Women in Italian History.
The University of Pisa is located within 100 yards of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and students stayed in studio apartments nearby. They attended classes in the mornings and had afternoons and evenings to explore surrounding areas. Additionally, the group took overnight trips to Rome, Pompeii, Venice, Verona and the Italian Riviera, and day trips to Florence, Lucca, and Siena. Upon their departure, Italian engineering students honored SDSU students at a BBQ. As a reciprocal part of the collaboration, 17 University of Pisa engineering students visited SDSU for special five week classes at the beginning of the fall semester.
Two engineering students travelled to PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India for a six week study abroad experience from May 21 to June 30. Dr. Gordon Lee, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was the faculty advisor who facilitated the trip.