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, Ms. Kristen Haubold (Riley Faculty), and Yao Wang (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 2018-2019 Academic Year:

 

September 18th 

Introduction

 

October 2nd

Get to Know Bridges

Terminology for Bridges

October 23rd

Suspension Bridges

History and Theory of
Suspension Bridges

November 13th

Start Building Your Own Suspension Bridge

December 4th

Finish Building Your Own Suspension Bridge

January 15th

Movable and Deployable Bridges

Movable Bridges

February 26th

Deployable Bridges

March 19th

Design Your Own Movable Bridge

TBD

Field Trip

 

 

 

Highlights from 2017-2018 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.