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Students on the Summer program will take 2 engineering classes, 3 credits each, for a total of 6 credits.  Classes are taught by Notre Dame professors in English.  Classes are in the morning, and each class is 2 hours long.  These courses are technical electives in almost all engineering curricula.  Please review your courses with your Engineering Academic Advisor.  Aerospace Engineering Majors must review courses for degree eligibility with their Engineering Academic Advisor.

The courses feature lectures, homework assignments, and examinations.  

Probability & Statistics 

Rome Centre Classroom Taught by Bill Goodwine

An introduction to the theory of probability and statistics, with applications to engineering.  Topics include discrete and random variables, joint probability distributions, the central limit theorem, point and interval estimation and hypothesis testing.

Students will learn concepts in statistics and probability with practical applications to the engineering and physical sciences. 

 

Sustainable Engineering 

Taught by Davide Hill

Basic Course Outline:  

Growing populations and affluence around the globe have put increasing pressure on natural resources, including air and water, arable land, and raw materials. Concern over the ability of natural resources and environmental systems to support the needs and wants of global populations, now and in the future, is part of an emerging awareness of the concept of sustainability. Developing new technologies that address societal needs, within the constraints imposed by natural resources and environmental systems, is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Engineers will play a central role in addressing this challenge. Through a careful consideration and integration of environmental, economic and societal factors into their designs, engineers can help ensure continued technological growth while limiting the environmental stressors that might curtail such growth in the future. While simple and elegant in the abstract, the concept of sustainability is quite complex and challenging, and the tools for converting it into quantitative design approaches and performance metrics are only just beginning to emerge. Such emergent tools and criteria of designing for sustainability are the subjects of this course.

The course will begin with a brief overview of the major natural resource limitations and other environmental challenges engineers confront today while designing for sustainability. This will be followed by an analysis of technical constraints and legislative frameworks that guide current design practices. Next, a series of principles that engineers can use to make designs more sustainable, and tools that can be used to evaluate (and in some cases monetize) the benefits of such designs, will be described. The issue of materials will be addressed, with a discussion of currently existing and prospective "green" and sustainable materials and how they compare to their conventional counterparts. The concept of Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) will be introduced and discussed in some detail, allowing students to understand the full ("cradle-to-grave") environmental impact of products and technologies, and to distinguish between conventional, truly green and “falsely” green design alternatives.

Program Events

In addition to the 2 classes, students participate in program outings throughout Rome.  They include excursions of cultural, religious, and engineering significance.  Click here for more information.