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Structural Engineering Online Course by Princeton University

Princeton University’s MOOC, ‘The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges’ brings unique experience to students around the globe through a process of online learning unequalled anywhere. This 9 weeks course is to analyze bridges from three perspectives: Efficiency, Economy and Elegance.

In this free online course, applicants will learn about bridge design and discover how structural engineering is a creative discipline and art form.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 9 weeks
Effort:  2-3 hours/week
Subject: Structural Engineering
Institution: Princeton University and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Session: Open

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Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations. Its educational mission is to prepare students to pursue meaningful lives and to help address the challenges of the future.

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About This Course

With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become an art. We also show the influence of the economic and social context in bridge design and the interplay between forces and form.

This is the first of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering, each of which is independent of each other. The two other courses will be on tall buildings/towers and vaults.

No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.

 Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants will learn about bridge design

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will have knowledge of:
How to solve for the efficiency of structures using the appropriate formulas
How to evaluate a structure within the measures of structural art
How economic, social and cultural influences the structural design
How to analyze bridge forms: suspension, beams, pre-stressed, arch, cable-stayed, tied-arch


Maria Garlock
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Princeton University



Course Format

Week 1: Introduction to Structural Art
Week 2: The Origins of Structural Art: British Metal Forms
Week 3: John Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge
Week 4: Othmar Ammann and (some of) his Bridges of NYC
Week 5: The Golden Gate Bridge
Week 6: Robert Maillart and Reinforced Concrete Bridges
Week 7: Origins of Prestressing: Freyssinet, Magnel, and Finsterwalder
Week 8: New Bridge Forms: Christian Menn
Week 9: The Politics and Art of Spanish Bridge Design

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