German Engineering Program

Student Year
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
Courses Offered By
College of Engineering

This Berlin-based 6-week, 6-credit, faculty-led program connects Notre Dame engineering students with Germany’s multifaceted engineering landscape. The 2019 program will be led by Professor Joshua Shrout (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences) along with Dr. Frank Wolff (History, University of Osnabruck). Besides classes and field trips in Berlin, students will also go on academic excursions to other German cities, where they will interact with engineering experts from different fields.

In Professor Shrout's "Water, Cholera, Anthrax, and Berlin," students explore the links between city planning and the conveyance of water with public health and limiting prevalent diseases important in modern society. The city where Robert Koch conducted seminal work in the discovery of the diseases Cholera and Anthrax, Berlin offers multiple examples, both current and historical, that will be used as a foundation to learn about diseases encountered presently in both developed and developing countries. Field trips will enhance lectures on water infrastructure and different diseases as we explore public health strategies to limit disease transmission.

In “European History, Society, and Politics,” Dr. Wolff provides an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of Germany from the end of the Second World War to the present. We will use what we learn in the city of Berlin and on excursions to inform our understanding of German and European culture. Excursions to Dresden and Munich augment visits to important Berlin landmarks, such as the Reichstag and the Philharmonic. GEP students will come to know a country that has produced some of the world’s greatest engineering feats.

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