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CE 101: Assignment

Term Paper

The semester project (in teams) will compare two engineering structures – one in the US and the other abroad that solve a similar engineering problem. Your team will research the two structures in terms of design and construction solutions highlighting the impact of local, environmental, cultural and societal issues.

This research guide is designed to provide access to resources via the library to address each of these issues.

Refer to the syllabus for your section for more specific details in terms of how many minimum references/citations you need to have for each project. You are not limited to peer-reviewed articles, you may have books, encyclopedia entries, newspaper articles, magazines. Try to find as many references as you can via the library’s resources first. Instructors generally allow you to have one or two Internet sites.

Research Log


Example: Compare the Roman Colosseum with a Football Stadium in the United States.

Brainstorming (using the Internet and Encyclopedias)

Other names for the Roman Colosseum:

  • Roman Coliseum
  • Amphitheatrum Flavian 
  • Flavian Amphitheater

Type of architecture:

  • Colosseum or Coliseums
  • Amphitheater or Amphitheatre

Compare with a US building:

  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Louisiana Superdome (previous name)
  • Sometimes just Superdome

Type of architecture:

  • Sports arenas
  • Sports stadiums
  • Football stadiums

NOT soccer stadium


What is a global engineer?

Here are some of the attributes:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of political, social, and economic perspectives
  • Demonstrates an understanding of information technology, digital competency, and information literacy
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the ethical and business norms and applies norms effectively in a given context (organization, industry, country, etc.)
  • Communicates effectively in a variety of different ways, methods, and media (written, verbal/oral, graphic, listening, electronically, etc.)
  • Communicates effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Possesses an international/global perspective
  • Possesses fluency in at least two languages
  • Possesses the ability to think both critically and creatively
  • Possesses the ability to think both individually and cooperatively
  • Functions effectively on a team (understands team goals, contributes effectively to team work, supports team decisions, respects team members, etc.)