Summer Engineering Courses in Rome

Engineering students may struggle with their options when looking to study abroad. Because engineering is a major with a very rigid structure, it’s not always easy to find a university overseas that offers the exact courses needed, with the exact curriculum required. John Cabot University, in its aim to increase the number of students who benefit from an international learning experience, offers engineering courses during its 5-week summer sessions. The syllabi come from major engineering programs in the US, and many of the courses are taught by visiting faculty.

The STEM course offerings this summer include Statics (ENGR 210), Differential Equations (MA 495), Thermodynamics (ENGR 213), and Fluid Mechanics (ENGR 220). Enrolling in a summer session, or both of them, is the perfect way to get the classes you need so you can stay on track with graduation, while also enjoying Rome (the home of incredible feats of engineering like the Pantheon and the Colosseum!), picking up a new language, and exploring a different culture and way of life. It is an unforgettable way to spend your summer before returning to your home university.

The Summer 2018 engineering courses will be taught by visiting faculty from prestigious universities across the US, as well as some of JCU’s own wonderful mathematics and computer science professors:

1. Stefano Arnone: Associate Professor of Mathematics, John Cabot University

Professor Arnone holds a Laurea cum laude as well as a Dottorato di Ricerca in Physics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the SHEP Theory Group, the University of Southampton, UK, from 2000 to 2003, and an Assegnista di Ricerca at “La Sapienza” from 2003 to 2007. Arnone’s main research area is Quantum Field Theory.

2. Daina Bredis: Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Advancement, Michigan State University

Professor Bredis earned her B.S. in Engineering Science at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1978, and her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University in 1981. She has won several awards over the years, including the Outstanding Professor Award (elected by students) four different times.

3. Daniele Castorina: Lecturer in Mathematics, John Cabot University

Professor Castorina holds a Laurea cum laude from the University of Rome “Roma Tre,” and a Dottorato di Ricerca in Mathematics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He has held several visiting and post-doctoral positions in international institutions such as: Università di Perugia – Italy; TATA Institute of Fundamental Research – Bangalore, India; and UAB – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain. His main research area is Elliptic and Parabolic Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), which are of interest in Mathematical Analysis as well as modeling several phenomena in Geometry, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

4. Eugenio DelRe: Professor, Instructor in Department of Physics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Dr. DelRe earned his degree in Physics Magna cum laude from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1995, followed by his Ph.D in Physics in a joint program between the University of L’Aquila and Princeton University in 1999. He has held multiple visiting positions, been a member of many research projects, and won a number of awards.

5. Maddalena Fanelli: Teaching Specialist of Undergraduate Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University

Dr. Fanelli earned her M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo in 1992 and her Ph.D, also in Chemical Engineering, at Case Western Reserve University in 2005. She was the winner of the R&D 100 award in 2008 for the Velocys Microchannel Fischer-Tropsch Reactor. She also received a CWRU Graduate Dean’s Award for Instructional Excellence in 2002.

6. Jason Ganley: Teaching Associate Professor, Assistant Department Head, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Ganley earned his B.S. at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and both his M.S. and Ph.D at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His current research activities and interests lie in the fields of energy and the impact of energy use on the environment. In his academic career, he has endeavored to bring a wide range of energy research topics and environmental improvement connotations into his areas of experience.

7. Laura Genik: Director, Applied Engineering Science, Michigan State University

Dr. Genik has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. Dr. Genik’s scholarly research emphasizes engineering pedagogy. She has been recognized at each institution she has taught at with Outstanding Teaching nominations and awards, including the Withrow Teaching Award at MSU from the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2012. Dr. Genik was nominated and selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium for innovative, young engineering educators in 2014.

8. Barry Griffiths: Associate Instructor, Mathematics, University of Central Florida

Dr. Griffiths holds an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Economics from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D of Philosophy also from the University of Central Florida. His research interests include International Education, Higher Education, and Mathematics Education.

9. Kathleen Hinge: Science Department Coordinator, Dominican College

Dr. Hinge has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D, all in Mechanical Engineering, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her 20-year engineering career emphasizes mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican College and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

10. Jeffrey Paone: Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Paone earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Eng. degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, and returned to the University of Notre Dame to complete his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2013.  He spent several years in industry developing software for state municipalities.  Most recently, he has completed a post-doctoral appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Dr. Paone’s research involves computer vision with a focus on face and iris detection and recognition.  Additional interests include computer graphics and augmented reality.

11. Susan Reynolds: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Professor Reynolds has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, both from Auburn University. She also holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Her research includes structural analysis and design, historic preservation technology, and sustainable / integrated design approaches for buildings.

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