SSSBA and Partners Offer Free Online Steel Bridge Live Lecture Series for Students and Faculty
The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, University of Wyoming, American Institute of Steel Construction and National Steel Bridge Alliance are offering a free six-part live-lecture educational series that will cover the many aspects of designing, fabricating and constructing steel bridges.
The “Steel Bridge Education Lectures: From Concept to Delivery” six-part series will run from September 8-24, 2020. Lectures will be provided on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during those weeks from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT.
Registration is currently limited to students and faculty. Participants must complete and pass a quiz after each lecture to earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series, which can be used toward building student resumes and preparing them for jobs in the bridge industry.
The lectures will be delivered live by Michael Barker, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil and architectural engineering at the University of Wyoming, via the WyoLearn Learning Management System.
The lectures can be viewed synchronously (in real time) and asynchronously (recorded version). Dr. Barker has over 30 years of experience in bridge design and construction.
“We launched this lecture series in July for university students who were planning to take classes or internships this summer but were unable to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dan Snyder, director of the SSSBA. “We had more students register than we could accommodate, and their feedback after the series had concluded was very positive. For this fall session, we are encouraging both students and faculty to register, and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”
Snyder said that while many engineering programs do not offer courses on steel bridge design and construction, these lectures will provide a wide scope of learning opportunities typically unavailable to students. He commented that the lecture series is timely as legislators work on a multi-year surface transportation bill which could create demand and new jobs to rebuild the nation’s 56,000-plus structurally deficient bridges.
More information on the lecture series, course syllabus and registration details are available at https://mailchi.mp/steel/student-lectures-2020.
Does the SSSBA offer educational opportunities?
Yes! The SSSBA offers educational opportunities to students and professionals:
Professionals: The SSSBA provides complimentary half-day or full-day workshops on short span steel bridge design to states, counties, and design firms. Topics covered include practical and cost-effective steel bridge design and fabrication with eSPAN140, press-brake-formed steel tub girders, steel buried bridge design, galvanized coating solutions, and economical design with case studies, and more. The workshops can take place virtually or in-person, compliments of the steel industry. Learn more.
Students: The University of Wyoming and the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance created a free 6-part live-lecture educational series to cover the many aspects of designing, fabricating, and constructing steel bridges. All students who successfully complete the education series will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Wyoming. Learn more.
Speakers: The SSSBA provides expert speakers to present topics of interest on the cost-effective design and construction of short span steel bridges. If you need a speaker for your next event, contact the SSSBA.
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