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Transformation By Design: An Indiana Sophomore's Exposure To Rome

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Abroad Educational Opportunities in Engineering

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8.1205.1 - 8.1205.5



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D.J. Marshall

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Session 3260

Transformation by Design: An Indiana Sophomore’s exposure to Rome

D.J. Marshall II, AIA Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering Technology

Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne

Abstract – Each summer a group of approximately thirty students from the Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) campus enroll for credit in a continuing education course offered in Rome, Italy. The course is advertised throughout the campus and by word of mouth as meeting the IPFW General Education requirement as well as an Architectural Technology department’s technical elective.

The choice of Rome facilitates discussions variously emphasizing Art, Architecture, or Engineering and in the process informs students how intertwined these respective studies actually are. The Instructors vary but typically include an Architect/Engineer, an Art Historian, and a Landscape Architect. The course itself includes daily walking thru Rome focusing first on Republican, then Imperial, and finally Renaissance Rome.

Student feedback from participants is positive but is exceeded by the transformation that occurs in students who entered the program expecting only a technological education but find themselves infected with a persistent affinity for the subtleties of grand architecture, exemplary engineering, and fine art. The change in students is both obvious and enduring to the faculty who has them in courses when they return.

Index Terms – Continuing Education, Cross Cultural Experience, Diversity

Type of Course

Students at IPFW, as in most universities, have General Education Requirements that include Humanistic Thought and/or Creative and Artistic Expression. After many years work this two week course on Rome, Italy was accepted by the Fine Arts, Civil Engineering technology, and Architectural Engineering Technology departments as an acceptable course to fulfill either of the two mentioned areas of General Education (1).

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Marshall, D. (2003, June), Transformation By Design: An Indiana Sophomore's Exposure To Rome Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12501

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