Archive of education and research affiliated with DYNAMO@ND

Active Course Offerings

The knowledge we acquire, the techniques we develop, and the vital research we perform has little meaning if we do not fully prepare the next generation of engineers to carry on our efforts. This implies that we as educators must bring the same enthusiasm and passion we invest in our research into the classroom. The pool of great teachers and great researchers need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, by integrating concepts from our research programs into the classroom, we will truly enhance the learning experience, exposing students to cutting edge technologies and new trends in our discipline, which may inspire them to pursue graduate education. Our teaching philosophy is predicated on this conviction, as the concepts of innovative structural systems, structural monitoring, natural hazard risk assessment and mitigation, and the unique engineering challenges of the developing world surface in varying levels throughout our suite of courses.

The implementation of this basic philosophy follows five tiers of classroom experience:
1. A commitment to critical thinking
2. Encouraging "creative" engineering that operates within non-engineering "context"
3. Creating an interactive and experiential learning environment
4. Integrating technology and state-of-the-art approaches
5. Simulating realistic working environments with inspiration from real-world case studies

These five tiers represent a deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, producing for this university, students who live up to the very highest expectations, fully poised for success in whatever fields they may eventually pursue. For it is indeed their professional development and enthusiasm for engineering that will insure that our profession and our research flourishes in today's highly competitive global markets.

CE40280: Steel Design

Design of structural steel members using basic fundamentals of mechanics, principles of steel behavior at element and system level. Course integrates current codes/standards and commercial software into semester-long project, providing for direct application of concepts to design.

CE 40240/60240 Structural Systems

Overview of common structural systems used in building design, focusing on behavior, form and function with specific emphasis on the hierarchy of lateral load resisting systems. Course will also highlight innovative structural systems for tall and complex buildings through state-of-the-art case studies and issues relevant to post-9/11 construction such as collapse mechanisms, robustness and redundancy. Codes and commercial software common to practice will be heavily utilized.

CE 70250 Experimental Structural Dynamics

This course overviews experimental techniques for analyzing the behavior of structures under dynamic loads. Course includes vibration measurement through experiments, signal processing and system identification. Experimental modules on modal testing, acceleration-based system identification, and damage detection are
provided. This special offering will allow a more informal venue to explore this subject in a project-based format personalized to the student’s research interests and needs.

CE 45610 Engineering for International Development I (E4ID I)

Engineering for International Development I partners students with community organizations to put their engineering skills into service, in this case Bridges2Prosperity, a nonprofit organization providing pedestrian bridges to communities worldwide who lack such basic infrastructure. Under the banner of the ND SEED (Notre Dame Students Empowering Engineering Development), up to a dozen students will be accepted each academic year for this course and will supervise all aspects of bridge design and construction, including fundraising and international study via site surveys over Fall Break and construction in May following the spring semester. To join this course in the fall of any academic year, students must apply and be accepted by ND SEED in the prior spring semester. Students are expected to participate in the course for a full academic year, through bridge construction in May. The project is also affiliated with the Center for Social Concerns International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) and has additional curricular requirements through ISSLP.

CE 45620 Engineering for International Development I (E4ID II)

Engineering for International Development II, joint instructed with Dr. Alexandros Taflanidis, partners students with community organizations to put their engineering skills into service, in this case students work with Engineering2Empower (E2E).  E2E started as an organization committed to exploring new approaches and solutions to the Haitian urban housing problem. Through its work with various university and non-university partners, the organization has broadened its focus to seek holistic solutions to hazard mitigation in developing settings. Undergraduate students lead all facets of Research and Development for the organization through this course, focusing on the prototype frame and panel design and construction/production, but also programming for Community Awareness and Engagement. Through partnerships with the Kellogg Institute, students have the opportunity, on a case by case basis, to travel to Haiti to directly implement their work.

EG 10111 Introduction to Engineering Systems (Module 1)

This module was developed for the First Year Engineering program to demonstrate the utility of modeling to represent physical behaviors of a complex system for the purposes of designing that system to meet specific limit states, subject to realistic constraints on materials and cost. The system to be modeled is a tower whose deflections are to be limited to a specified level under a given load. Students will be charged with modifying the tower to meet this target limit state, subject to a variety of constraints. In this process, students must collect experimental data to verify the accuracy of an underlying analytical model and then use this model to execute their design and optimization process, predicting the performance of the modified tower. Students are required to determine appropriate factors of safety for their design to ensure the modified towers satisfy the target limit state in physical testing. Students will execute project in Teams of 4-5 over the course of 6-7 weeks. Multiple design challenges are developed each year with unique limit states and constraints to diversify tower designs. Module has been in service since 2006.




Current Research Areas

DYNAMO@ND's research programs follow a universal work flow, shown above. Our problem of interest is determining the condition of Urban Habitats, whether in developed or developing settings, using a diverse array of Sensing Technologies ranging from human agents to wireless sensor networks. We develop robust and in many cases automated Analysis Capabilities to allow assessments of the collected data. Based on these analyses, we employ Assessment Frameworks that help move data toward information and ultimately knowledge that can drive decision making. Throughout these stages, DYNAMO@ND Collaborations are leveraged in the process. In some cases, this may be using crowds with cell phones who function as ubiquitous sensors, engaging industry partners to emulate the current state-of-the-art, or virtual collaboratories engaging in the assessment through cyberinfrastructure. We believe, however, that the most essential stage of this process is the development of Dissemination Tools, appropriate for the problem's context, to convey the products of this process back to wide ranging Stakeholders, whether they be emergency management professionals, designers, or even the public at-large.

Our research is organized around five major themes, whose projects overlap in some cases, but each exploiting the DYNAMO@ND workflow described above. Click on any of the image below to visit the theme page and learn more about the projects in that area.

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