Cal Poly

Civil Engineering

The Impact of Nanotechnology Exceeding the Impact of the Electronics Revolution

Instructor: Professor Amro El Badawy

Welcome to the Nano World. This short course is a journey through the life of a nanoparticle. Have you ever wondered how nanoparticles are made and what makes them so unique that they are currently used by almost every industrial sector? Do you know how can you characterize and measure physical and chemical properties of a nanoparticle? Would you like to learn about what can you do with the nanoparticle that you just made and characterized? Are you curious to learn about the environmental applications and implications of the extraordinary nanoparticle that you just made and what is the pathway for sustainable nanotechnology? If you are seeking answers to the aforementioned questions then stay tuned, because this is exactly what you will learn in this short course. Please be aware that no matter who you are and what your profession and interests are, you will be impacted by nanotechnology in some shape or form and that is why this course is not only beneficial from the standpoint of fulfilling your curiosity to learn about nanotechnology but it is also important to learn about something that will soon touch almost every aspect of your life.

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Structural Earthquake Engineering Exploratory Laboratories

Instructor: Professor Cole McDaniel

This workshop introduces students to the behavior of structures subject to earthquake ground motions. Each lesson begins with the introduction of key concepts in structural earthquake engineering and culminates in project-based laboratories where small groups of 3-4 students design and construct scale model buildings to be tested on a shake table. Once the building models are shaken to the point of failure, students are challenged with retrofitting the buildings in order to improve the seismic response.

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Geotechnical Engineering Training Fundamental Concepts in Soil Mechanics

Professor Nephi Derbidge

This workshop will teach participants to classify soil in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) and interpret a boring log. It will also highlight on how to assess potential engineering behavior of soils (relative to compressibility, strength, and hydraulic conductivity) based on USCS group symbols. Finally, we will explain how the structure and fabric differs from fine-grained and coarse-grained soils in a lecture/lab setting.

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Measurement of Traffic Stream Parameters

Dr. Aunrag Pande

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Traffic Impact Analysis for New Retail Development
  • Analysis of Gap Acceptance Behavior at Unsignalized Intersections
  • Analysis of Truck Hill Climbing Performance on Cuesta Grade
  • Simulating Traffic Signal Operation via a Simulation Package
  • Collection and Analysis of Data from Signalized Intersections

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Flexible Body Dynamics: Analytical, Experimental, & Numerical

Professor Eric Kasper

This workshop will provide an overview of structural dynamics from a theoretical, experimental, and numerical viewpoint. Basic theoretical background and modeling techniques will be addressed coupled with experimental techniques. The seminar will provide several handsā€on examples including shake table experiments and the use of finite element analysis software simulating real world applications to help enhance the participants understanding of the broad applicability and intricacies of structural dynamics in the workplace.

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Highway Design and Pavement Materials Testing

Professor Ashraf Rahim

This project-based laboratory workshop introduces Civil Engineering students to some of the fundamental tools and experiments used to design the geometry of roadways and test pavement materials. Real world projects and application will be introduced in this laboratory workshop. Students will be introduced to software used in highway design, evaluate the Life Cycle Cost of projects and tools/equipment (both laboratory and in-situ) used for testing and evaluating pavement materials. Students will work in small groups to conduct the laboratory experiments employing Cal Poly hands-on approach.

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