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Amadei, Bernard Distinguished Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Amadei's current interests reside in the application of systems science and complexity science in small-scale community development projects and geological engineering projects. More specifically, he is interested in how to use system dynamics tools combined with other decision tools to: (i) model the complex interactions taking place across social, natural, economic, and infrastructure systems; and (ii) understand how such interactions my contribute to sustainable development. Dr. Amadei is also interested in the new field of Peace Engineering (PeaceEng) developed at Drexel University. It introduces engineers to the issues and mechanics of conflict analysis and peacebuilding and invites engineers to develop systemic methods and technologies to support peacebuilding efforts in conflict avoidance, reduction, and/or recovery.


  • Engineering for Developing Communities and International Development; Sustainability and Sustainable Development, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Complexity and System Dynamics, Peace Engineering


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courses taught

  • CVEN 3698 - Engineering Geology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Highlights the role of geology in engineering minerals; rocks; surficial deposits; rocks and soils as engineering materials; distribution of rocks at and below the surface; hydrologic influences; geologic exploration of engineering sites; geologic hazards; mapping; and geology of underground excavations, slopes, reservoirs and dam sites.
  • CVEN 4837 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 5768 - Introduction to Rock Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Nature of rocks and rock masses; engineering properties rock and rock mass; rock mass classifications; planes of weakness; application of rock mechanics to design of rock slopes, underground excavations, and foundations. Recommended prerequisites: CVEN 3708 and CVEN 3718.
  • CVEN 5837 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance. Department consent required.
  • GEEN 1400 - Engineering Projects
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    First-year students solve real engineering design problems in interdisciplinary teams. Design projects vary by section. Curriculum focuses on iterative design process, teamwork and team dynamics, supporting design with testing and analysis, and technical writing. Completed projects are exhibited at an end-of-semester design expo. Students responsible for contributing towards their design project budget and poster costs, and purchasing safety glasses (approximately $75).


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