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ENGR 4060.001 Technology of Northern Italy. May 2009 (Summer Session) Instructors: Drs. John Veensta (CIVEN) and John Nazemetz (IEM) Open to All Majors -- http:// biosystems.okstate.edu/ENGR4060. Agenda. Welcome Introductions Course Goals and Logistics Location of Visit/Tours

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ENGR 4060.001Technology of Northern Italy

May 2009 (Summer Session)

Instructors: Drs. John Veensta (CIVEN) and

John Nazemetz (IEM)

Open to All Majors --

http://biosystems.okstate.edu/ENGR4060


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Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Introductions

  • Course Goals and Logistics

    • Location of Visit/Tours

    • Course Schedule and Requirements

      • Pre-Trip, Trip, Post-Trip

  • Logistics

    • Costs/Scholarships, Sign-Ups, …

    • Travel Logistics/Responsibilities

  • Q & A


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Course* Goals

  • Provide On-Site Glimpse of Italian Technology and Culture

    • Visits to Industrial and Cultural Sites

      • Technology Visits (Tentative)

        • Plastics, Construction, Glass Manufacturing, Wine Production, Shoe Manufacture, Olive Oil Production, Information Sciences/Product Identification, Food (Cheese) Processing, Cabinet/Furniture Manufacture, 15th and 21st Century Corn Mills, Water/Wetlands Management, Automobile, Oil and Gas, Manufacture, Textile/Clothing Manufacture, …

      • Cultural And Architectural Visits (Tentative)

        • Ca’Tron Architecture, Art Museums, Science Museums, Palaces, Canal/Barge Travel, Walking Tours of Florence/Venice, …

        • Immersion in Italy (Public Transportation, Restaurants, Cafes, …

        • Student Selected/’Free’ Time Activities

          * NOTE: Course meets all OSRHE standards for Course/Credit Hours


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ENGR 4060.001 Technology of Northern Italy

Area for Visit

We plan an “open C” tour/loop from the US through central and northern Italy We will fly to Rome and travel by train to Florence, Bologna/Milan and Venice areas, and depart from Venice – students may extend trip to other cities, … after class ends.

USA

http://worldatlas.com/webimage/ countrys/europe/itfacts.htm


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Costs and Sign-Ups

Sign-up by February 2, 2009 (a $400 non-refundable deposit is due at sign-up)

The balance of the local expenses will be billed to your bursar account in the middle to end of March, 2009.

Contact: Nancy Rogers (Nancy.Rogers@okstate.edu) or Dr. Ron Elliott (ron.elliott@okstate.edu ; 111 Ag Hall)

Tuition1 $ 750

How Much: The estimated cost is: Course Expenses2 1,550

Meals, In Country Expenses3 500

Air Fare4 1,100

$3,900

+ Personal5 $$$

???

1 Paid for in Summer Semester. No fees and no additional charges for out of state residents

2 Paid in Advance - Local expenses include lodging, most of your meals, local transportation

(train, bus, and boat), and tours. Will be finalized by Feb 2, 2009.

3 Paid as you go in Italy – Will vary by student taste/preferences,

4This is the currently offered economy fares, you may find better/worse prices.

5 Cost of souvenirs, personal trips, etc not included.

This is an estimate, actual cost may differ (slightly).


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Scholarships Available

  • International Experience Scholarships

    • OSU

      There was an offering of such scholarships in the fall, with all of them being spoken for fairly quickly, but this is ADDITIONAL funding that has been made available.  I believe that the scholarships are in the amount of $500 for short-term study abroad (such as the May ENGR 4060 courses in Italy, Brazil, China, and Germany).

      For more information, go to http://studyabroad.okstate.edu/ieo.aspx?page=120 and/or stop by the Study Abroad Office in 060-G Student Union – Applications open January 21, 2009, 8:00 a.m.

    • CEAT Schools

      As of the time of this writing, there are still $500-1000 scholarships available for students in the following majors (first come / first served ‘til the numerical limit of scholarships in each major is reached):

      •             Biosystems Engineering

      •             Civil & Environmental Engineering

      •             Electrical & Computer Engineering

      •             Fire Protection & Safety Technology

      •             Industrial Engineering & Management

    • Student/Financial Aid Can be Used for the Course


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Possible/Probable Cost

Trip Total Estimated Cost $3900

Less Study Abroad* 500

$3400

Less CEAT Assist** 500

$2900

Less Tuition Scholarships 750

$2250

* Form Available on line Search OSU site for “Provost Study Abroad”

** May be limited availability -- FCFS – limited # available each School


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Course Logistics (1)

  • Pre-Trip

    • Six (6) Class Meetings Planned for Spring Semester

      • Tentatively Planned for Five (5) Monday Evenings and One (1) Saturday – Day of Meetings Subject to Change to Accommodate Students in Course

        • Feb 16 – Short Pre-Class, Passport, … checks, as needed

        • March 9– General (Group) Travel and Journal Writing

        • March 23 – History and Culture of Italy

        • March 30 – Italian Language

        • April 4 (Sat.) – Trip (Vineyard/Winery, Dinner) – Practice Touring and Journal Writing

        • April 13 – Italian Architecture

        • April 20 – Italian Art

        • May 4 – Short, Final check/Questions, …

        • as needed


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Course Logistics (2)

  • During Trip (Arrive May,10/11, Trip - May 11-23, Depart May 24)

    • Visits to Industrial and Cultural Sites

      • Prearranged Group Tours/Presentations

      • Travel by Charter Bus, (Public) Trains, Boats/Ferries, and Busses

      • Students Will Keep/Write Journals of Experiences and Observations

        • Daily Journal Entries Expected

        • Each Student Will Research A Site/Industry before Leaving US and Will Provide ‘Expertise’ to Other Students Regarding Site/Industry during Trip


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Course Logistics (3)

  • Post-Trip

    • Journal Completion/Compellation

      • Add Pictures

      • Edit as Needed

      • Summary Paper on Experiences

        • Technical Observations

        • Comparisons to US Culture and Technology

        • Lessons Learned

      • Due by mid-July (for Summer Grade Submission)

        • Grade Based on Pre-Trip Participation and Research, Trip Behavior, Journal, and Post-Trip Summaries


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Sample (Last Year’s) Itinerary

  • Link to booklet.doc




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Wine Production

A Prosecco grape and wine producer


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Florence Waste Recycling

Technology in solid waste management - Florence


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Le Torri

Making olive oil with a cold press




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Grain Mills

Power behind an Old Grain Mill

Power behind a New Grain Mill


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Museo dela Bonifica

San Dona di Piave

Learning how the Veneto was reclaimed from swamp land


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Venice Flood Gates Construction

Taking a boat ride to visit the construction of the Venice flood gates




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Florence: Duomo

Florence from hilltop

(Duomo in Distance)

Duomo Basilica


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Florence: History of Science Museum

Da’Vinci Drawing of gears

Galileo’s objective lens

Retrieved from: http://www.imss.fi.it/


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Bologna: University of Bologna

Group outside U of B Engineering Campus

Departmental sign

in building


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Bologna

Medici Library

Medici Library

Two Towers


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Travel Logistics (1)

  • Passports and Visas

    • All Travelers MUST Obtain Passports

      • Begin Process NOW !!

      • Passport Offices – Department of State -- http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

      • First Passport ? http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_832.html

      • Passport Photos Can be Taken and Assistance Provided by the Study Abroad Office in 060-G Student Union

    • US Citizens Do Not Need to Obtain Visas

    • Foreign Nationals May Need Visas


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Visas – Non-US CitizensWho Needs One -http://www.esteri.it/visti/home_eng.asp

  • Visas – 35 - http://www.esteri.it/visti/rilascio_eng.asp

  • Selected Sites

    • Kansas City - Honorary Vice Consulate Address: New Brotherhood Building, 753 State Ave. Suite 102 - Kansas City, KS 66101Tel.: 0019132812222Fax: 3216525E-mail: rserra@wycokck.org

    • Denver - Honorary Vice Consulate Address: 7325 South Jackson Street - Centennial, CO 80122Tel.: 0013032249927Fax: 2249930E-mail: italyconsulcolo@msn.com

    • Houston - General Consulate Address: 1300, Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 660 - Houston, TX 77056Tel.: 001713 8507520 Fax: 8509113Website: www.italconshouston.orgE-mail: houston.italcons@itwash.org


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Travel Logistics (2)

  • Air Travel

    • Students will schedule and pay for their own flights, but we will provide help with reservations if needed.

      • We will pick up students at Rome airport and provide travel to depart Venice airport or train station.

      • Students are free to spend additional time in Europe following the completion of the class, and may choose to fly out of a different city.


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Travel Logistics (3)

  • Lodging

    • All Lodging During Course will be Pre-arranged

      • Double Occupancy

      • Ca’Tron Campus and Overnight Stays in Rome, Florence, Bologna/Milan (tentative)

  • Meals

    • Many (but not all) Meals will be Pre-arranged During Course

      • Some Evening Meals Will Be At Student’s Discretion

      • A Listing of Meals (and at who’s expense) Will Be Provided in Final Itinerary ( ~ March 1)

      • All Alcohol will be at Individual Expense







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Travel Logistics (4)

  • Packing and Luggage

    • Pack Light – Laundry Facilities Will Be Available

    • Be Prepared to ‘Tote’ All of Own Bags

    • Additional Advice at Course Meeting 1.

  • Medical Considerations

    • Proof of Internationally Valid Health Insurance Will be Required for Trip

    • Fitness – Touring Requires Walking (~ 2-3 Miles per hour of walking tours)

      • Should Begin Fitness Program to Assure Ability

    • Bring All Needed, Likely Needed (Prescriptions, Non-Prescription)

    • Not All Medical Conditions May be Able to Be Accommodated

      • Participants Will be Asked to Self-Reveal Medical Conditions Prior to Trip


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Travel Logistics (4)

  • Communications

    • Internet/e-mail Available in Ca’Tron Facilities

      • Most, if not all Hotels will have (may be a charge)

      • Often Best to Use Asynchronous Communication Methods

    • European Cell Phones are Different Frequencies than US

      • Can Rent Phones, if Needed

      • Phone Cards May be Best

      • Parents (if you tell them) will Have All Phone Numbers, Itinerary




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Travel Logistics (5)

  • Dress

    • Industrial Tour Preparation

      • Closed-Toe Shoes, Safety Glasses, No Dangling Clothing/Accessories, No Skirts, Shorts

      • Some will be ‘Dirty’, Some May Smell Like Money

    • Cultural

      • Cathedrals May/Will Ban Visitors in Short Skirts, Shorts, Short Shorts, Bare Shoulders,… May Require Head Covering (Women)

      • We Will Respect

        their Rules/Culture.


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Travel Logistics (5)

  • Language

    • Learning Some Basic Italian Will Help

      • Language Will Be Addressed in Class

      • Additional Preparation is Recommended

        • Rosetta Stone (Both Dr. Nazemetz and Jones Have)

        • Other Materials (OSU Library)

      • Many (Younger) Italians Will Speak English

        • Best if you Try to Speak Italian, Be Polite, Patient, Humble


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Miscellaneous

  • International Travel

    • Do NOT Expect US Culture and Behavior

    • You are a Visitor/Guest, Be a Good One

    • Speaking Louder in English Won’t Help Communication

    • Embrace the Differences, Enjoy the Culture

  • Group Travel

    • Meeting Schedule/Plans Will Be Expected

      • Need to be ‘On-Time at Location’

    • Flexibility/Compromise is Key to Group Harmony

      • Pre-Plan/Carry Snacks/Water, …

    • Individuals Compromising the Group’s Experience Will be Dropped from Class/Accommodations



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ENGR 4060: Italy

Goal: Provide a foreign learning experience with a strong technical component to engineering students, which may be applied to graduation requirements.


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Objectives

  • Study historical and current engineering and technology in northern Italy

  • Develop a familiarity with the general history and culture of northern Italy

  • Become proficient in European travel


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In 2005 & 2006

  • 6 Pre-trip classes, withassignments.

  • 13 days in country,12 of organized activities.

  • 15 students in ’05

    16 students in ‘06.

  • About even split between technical and cultural.

  • Technical tours stressed food, manufacturing and environmental engineering.

  • Students graded on journal and written assignment.


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Locations

  • Venice – 9 days

  • Florence – 3 days

  • Bologna – 1 day


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