Infrastructure Technology Institute
ITI’s 2011 Summer Infrastructure Camp, a 5-day program hosted at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus, welcomed rising junior and senior high school students into the world of engineering.
Students split their time between a brief lecture and discussion in the morning and then a field excursion in the afternoon. The morning programs included material on public transportation, freight infrastructure, airports, bridges, and monitoring the health of various structures. Field trips throughout the week included a trip to the Belt Railway Company of Chicago, a tour of the O’Hare Airport Modernization Project, and a riverboat tour of downtown Chicago architecture.
ITI continued its collaboration with the Northwestern University Partnership for International Research and Education: Intelligent Structural Health Management (PIRE-ISHM) program. The PIRE-ISHM program is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and is engaged in cutting edge research in the field of Structural Health Monitoring. Both ITI and PIRE-ISHM Researchers and staff provided some of the lectures during the camp and were available to discuss topics of interest with students.
The goal of the Camp is to give students the opportunity to learn more about infrastructure and the engineering disciplines that support it from leading experts while providing a real-world experience through field trips to active field deployment sites and industrial and commercial facilities. Overall, the camp was a great success -- students enjoyed the planned activities, and a post-camp evaluation showed a favorite of the group was the O’Hare airport tour.
ITI plans to continue the summer camp during the summer of 2012.Keep watch of the ITI homepage next spring for news of the 2012 camp.