Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands
Pedestrian – Bicycle – Public Transport
Travel Dates: June 28 – July 11, 2014
Credits: 6 credits
Faculty: Robert Bertini
This program presents an introduction to transportation engineering applications in the European context. The course will build on earlier courses with a special emphasis on differences between U.S. and Dutch standards. The curriculum will feature material that provides a contrast between engineering principles and policies focusing on the standards presented in both the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the Highway Capacity Manual. Furthermore, specific emphases on engineering principles and practice will be explored through field trips and in guest lectures both while abroad and in Portland. Students completing this course will have a greater understanding of the contrast in policies from the Portland area with communities in the Netherlands.
This program partners with PSU’s Initiative for Pedestrian & Bicycle Innovation (ibpi) to create greater opportunity for sustainable transportation. To learn more about this initiative visit http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/. Also, we encourage you to read an article written by Oregon Transportation Research & Education Consortium (OTREC) featuring this program and partnership with ibpi.
- This program will include at least one pre-departure course meeting and a number of on campus course meetings after the group returns to Portland.
- International Component: June 28 – July 11, 2014
Students will spend two weeks at the Delft University of Technology developing an understanding of the transportation systems of the cities in the Netherlands, including Delft, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Den Haag, and others. A typical day will include a guest lecture from a practitioner in the local community followed by a field trip. Lunch will be time to explore the local community and students will be asked to document their experiences by collecting information (digital pictures and notes) throughout the day and uploading to a daily blog. The context of each community will offer opportunities for the lecturers (we will be teaming with Prof. Peter Furth and his students from Northeastern University) to offer perspectives from their U.S. communities (Boston and Portland), contrasting the planning, engineering, and policy issues associated with the local Dutch communities. This combination will allow students to gain an understanding of transportation concepts that have been implemented to address specific challenges.
Want to learn more about this program? Join us at one of the listed informational sessions offered in the Engineering Building, room 315:
This course will meet twice for two pre-departure course lectures/orientations, one in early April and a second during late Spring term (exact dates TBD).
- CE 410/510: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands – 6 credits
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Relevant Academic Disciplines
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- This program is open to seniors and graduate students from all disciplines and majors
Language Skill: None