Junior Class Field Trip
New York City Behind-the-Scenes Infrastructure: November 9 – November 13
Sponsors: University of Notre Dame, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Organizers: Diane Westerink, Joannes Westerink
Purpose of this trip: To expose students to some of the biggest and most innovative infrastructure design and construction efforts going on in the United States; to provide an opportunity to see first-hand that the need to rebuild our often failing infrastructure is huge; to learn about the complexity of the structural, transportation, water resources, and environmental projects that keep our nation productive, efficient and healthy; and to interact one on one with project and design engineers. These trips help students see the wide range of opportunities available to become innovative leaders and also help connect the classroom to the outside world.
Fall Geology Field Trip
Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Organizer: Jeremy Fein
Purpose of this trip: The 2016 Fall Geology Field Trip returned for the second year in a row to the iron and copper ranges in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Emphasis of the trip was on understanding the regional geology before, during, and after the formation of Proterozoic banded iron formations and the Marquette Mineral District, as well as the copper deposits of the mid-continent rift as seen on the Keweenaw Peninsula. A wide range of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock types and geologic structures are studied, including remnants from an asteroid impact that deposited a 40 m layer of sediment due to a tsunami! Prior to the trip, there were lectures on the regional geology, and each student prepared a presentation on one aspect of the geology that was seen in the field.