Ashley P. Thrall: NSF CAREER Project

Myron and Rosemary Noble Associate Professor

of Structural Engineering

University of Notre Dame
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
and Earth Sciences

Ashley P. Thrall

 

BRIDGES (Building Relationships to Inspire and Drive Girls to pursue Engineering and Science)

 

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory has partnered with Riley High School to develop a program aimed toward increasing the participation and retention of women in the engineering magnet program. BRIDGES is a before-school enrichment program for women enrolled in the magnet program in grades 9-12. It is led by Prof. Ashley Thrall, Mr. Matt Modlin and Ms. Kristen Haubold (Riley Faculty and Magnet Coordinator), and Mirela Tumbeva (Notre Dame Student Leader).

 

BRIDGES is a multi-faceted experience focusing on civil engineering. Meetings include seminars by Notre Dame faculty, hands-on activities and experiments, and a field trip. Not only will this program give students fundamental knowledge in a field of engineering, but it will also enable students to get to know other women in the program and interact with Notre Dame and Riley faculty. Regardless of a student's specific interests in engineering, students will learn problem-solving skills that are useful for any discipline. This program began in September 2014 and is continuing.

 

Syllabus for 2017-2018 Academic Year:

 

Date

Topic

Activity

September 19th 

Introduction

Introduction

October 10th

The Art of Structural Engineering

Engineering Jeopardy

October 31st

Structural Performance

Begin Strong Paper Structure Challenge

November 14th

Finish Strong Paper Structure Challenge

December 5th

Slender Tower Challenge

January 23rd

 

Suspension Bridges

History and Theory of
Suspension Bridges

February 27th

Begin K’nex Construction of Bridge

March 13th

Continue K’nex Construction

March 27th

Finish K’nex Construction of Bridge

April 4th

Field Trip

Tours

 

Highlights from 2017-2017 Academic Year:

 

BRIDGES students, Prof. Ashley Thrall, Ms. Kristen Haubold, and Notre Dame volunteers take a field trip to the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights from 2016-2017 Academic Year:

 

BRIDGES students, Prof. Ashley Thrall, Mr. Matt Modlin, and Notre Dame volunteers take a field trip to the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture and the new South Bend Fire Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights from 2015-2016 Academic Year:

 

BRIDGES students, Prof. Ashley Thrall, Dr. Susan Sakimoto, and Notre Dame volunteers take a field trip to the Notre Dame Campus Crossroads Project and the East Bank Phase V Construciton Project.

 

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Highlights from 2014-2015 Academic Year:

 

BRIDGES students, Prof. Ashley Thrall, Dr. Susan Sakimoto, and Notre Dame volunteers take a field trip to the City of Chicago Department of Water Treatment and to AECOM.

 

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI-1351272. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.