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The project consists of the curriculum development and delivery of a 2-course sequence focusing on precast prestressed design of buildings and bridges. The first course in the sequence will cover basic precast prestressed concrete concepts as applied to a typical precast concrete building followed by a precast prestressed bridge design course. The PCI Foundation program includes the full development of the first course in the sequence and the adaptation of a bridge design course that has been taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) that will focus entirely on precast prestressed bridges.
UMass Amherst is uniquely positioned as an excellent location for this PCI Foundation Studio due to its strong connections with precast concrete producers and professionals in the Northeast region. Through their active engagement in this PCI Foundation Studio, future engineers from UMass Amherst will become an integral part of the precast concrete industry.
Sergio F. Breña
Professor and Associate Department Head Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
233 Marston Hall
Amherst, MA 01003-5205
Phone (413) 545-0349;