Austria Study Abroad

Austrian town

CEC’s Steve Keller, associate professor of chemical, paper, and biomedical engineering will lead this amazing study abroad experience in Graz, Austria in January 2014.

Academics

This three week workshop combines the lecture content of two required paper engineering courses, with the experience of touring a wide variety of world class paper manufacturing facilities. 

Classes will be held at the Technical University of Graz. Required content in courses will be augmented by visits to some the largest and fastest paper machines, a ground marble mine, and a dissolving pulp mill used to make nonwovens and textiles. 

Miami students will meet and interact with paper engineering students in TU-Graz and Munich University of Applied Science.

Cultural

During the first two weeks students have the opportunity to tour the city center of Graz, and see its famous clock tower. Graz is the second largest city in Austria, considered as one of the best preserved cities in Central Europe, and is listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. It is also known as a “student city” with its six universities. 

The nine day tour takes students through the Alps for skiing, and on to Hallstatt and Salzburg (two other UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites). There are also stops at Munich, Innsbruck, Wattens, and Linz. The program also includes stops in Vienna, at both the beginning and end of the workshop. This gives students the opportunity to tour the famous Schönbrunn castle, art museums, the Inner Ring and other landmarks that Vienna is noted for.

There is an optional field trip that takes students to a well known paper and watermark museum in the town of Fabriano, Italy. Brief tours of Venice and Bologna will be made en route for this three day excursion.

Goals

After attending this workshop, students will have a deeper understanding of the sophistication of paper manufacturing practiced globally, and especially in Central Europe. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with European paper engineers, equipment manufacturers and mineral suppliers, as well as students studying paper engineering in Austria and Germany. 

For more information please contact Steve Keller at kellerds@MiamiOH.edu and/or consult the program’s page on Miami’s study abroad website. 

-L. Kramer

-Chelsea Davis