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Mega Infrastructure

Location of Program: China      Year: 2016
Program Director(s): Richard Balling
Participating Major(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering


This program gave students the opportunity to study some of the largest skyscrapers and most complex transportation and water systems in the most populous country in the world.

Recap of the Year:

Leadership Development
In addition to visiting the offices of world-class engineering and architectural firms, students completed major design projects in teams, and were asked to consider the impact of these megaprojects on people, planet, and prosperity. In addition, they examined the impact of their projects on the cities where they were located, and developed cash-flow diagrams of life-cycle costs.

Global Agility
This trip took students through six of the biggest cities in China, where they were able to interact with cutting edge construction projects up close: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Technical Experience
Students designed their own buildings and bridges, and then got to compare them to projects actually completed in China. They met with professionals on construction job sites, and visited over eighty innovative megaprojects.