Nancy Davis | February 18, 2017
The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame has established a study abroad program that allows students to spend the spring semester of their junior year in Rome. For the first time, sevenjuniors in mechanical engineering were selected to take classes in the Rome Global Gateway. The students are taking three engineering classes: Heat Transfer, taught by Prof. Sam Paolucci, Elements of Machine Design and Differential Equations, Vibrations and Controls II, taught by Prof. Giuliano Coppotelli and Luca Cortese from the University of La Sapienza.
Paolucci oversees and guides the start the program. For many years he has had continuing interactions and collaborations with colleagues in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome.
The program is designed to meet the needs of students in aerospace and mechanical engineering (AME), but every effort will be made in the future to expand it to suit other engineering students.
Rome is likely to be of interest for engineering students for a number of reasons. Italy is the world’s eighth largest economy (fourth in Europe) based on nominal GPD, and Italian engineering has produced a broad range of well-known technology and consumer goods. Italian automakers include, for example, Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Rome has also, of course, many remains of ancient engineering artifacts and infrastructure that engineering students are likely to find interesting.
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