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CEE doctoral students participate in structural engineering conference in Poland

By Jeremy Henderson

Published: Jun 30, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Auburn civil engineering doctoral students tour a bridge construction project during a recent trip to Poland. Auburn civil engineering doctoral students tour a bridge construction project during a recent trip to Poland.

Six civil and environmental engineering doctoral students along with Andrzej Nowak, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently participated in a special program sponsored by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) in Poland and the European Union. 

On May 22-27, 2022, students Jordan Nakayama, Tiana Lynch, Patricia Carcamo Barientos, Peter Collins, Fernando Cordero Montoya and Pablo Hurtado were among the nearly 500 designer, consultant, student, researcher and government official attendees at the 30th International Conference on Structural Failures in Międzyzdroje, which was organized by the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at ZUT University in Szczecin. 

"The sessions were a good mixture of practical and analytical presentations and posters," said Nowak, who was recently elected to the prestigious Academy of Engineering in Poland. "In addition to active participation in the conference, the students visited the construction site of a tunnel under the Swina River in Świnoujście."

After the conference, the students were hosted by both the Warsaw University of Technology and the Kraków University of Technology, where they met with faculty and graduate students and toured laboratories. 

"It was great to see Auburn students learn not only more about structural engineering, but also about the history of Central and Eastern Europe while touring major attractions like the Royal Castle and Old Town in Warsaw, Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków, Old Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Copernicus' alma mater, Jagiellonian University. which was established in 1364, and many other interesting points," Nowak said. "It was a very successful trip." 

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jdh0123@auburn.edu, 334-319-0721

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