A team of sixteen undergraduate students spent one week over the summer of 2018 in New Zealand, inspecting historic buildings for earthquake vulnerabilities and potential economic impacts to the local communities. The trip was led by Kevin Walsh from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, along with researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago. Both students and researchers worked together to provide critical data to various stakeholders in New Zealand so that leaders can make informed decisions on enhancing their community’s resilience.
The short-term faculty-student collaboration opportunity was funded by The Insider Project, a grant facilitated by Notre Dame International. The Insider Project is a framework for mobile, agile, ad hoc study trips, seminars and research abroad. The initiatives are small, short-term, faculty-led groups organized around faculty research agendas and site-specific opportunities for global education.
Notre Dame International is currently accepting applications. The proposal deadline is October 23, 2018.