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POLAND: Summer 2010 – six weeks at the West Pomeranian University in Szczecin, UTP University in Bydgoszcz, Warsaw University of Technology and Cracow University of Technology

Faculty: Dr. Andrezj Nowak, Interim Chair – Civil Engineering

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Officially … A group of UNL Civil Engineering students completed an internship in Poland, sponsored by the National Science Foundation IRES Program. The IRES program has two priorities: formalize international research training for undergraduate and graduate students in the field of civil infrastructure systems, and nurture the development of strong professional relationships between Polish and U.S. engineers. UNL students spent six weeks at the West Pomeranian University in Szczecin, UTP University in Bydgoszcz, Warsaw University of Technology and Cracow University of Technology. Seven students were recruited from the University of Nebraska and two from Florida A&M University. The program involved visits to research labs, design offices, major construction sites and completed civil engineering projects, including a unique exposure to dealing with engineering problems related to restoration of historical structures. The students had a chance to see important and interesting historical monuments and places including Zelazowa Wola (birthplace of Frederic Chopin); study place of Nicholas Copernicus at the Jagiellonian University established in 1364, and his work place in Torun; the Old Salt Mine in Wieliczka, and Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp.
– Andrezj Nowak, interim department chair, Civil Engineering

And, unofficially … My experience this summer in Poland was amazing. The Polish culture was fascinating. It was interesting to compare how design and construction are done in Poland with how they are done in the United States. My favorite memories are of going to a Polish BBQ, where you roast your sausages on a stick in the woods. I also remember being terrified to walk on beams through the attics of churches. We ate a traditional dinner at a Polish family's house and visited the construction site of the Euro Cup Stadium for 2012. We were not only working, but were tourists and visited a salt mine and Auschwitz. Going to Poland was a life-changing experience!
– Cassie Vogel, senior, Civil Engineering

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