By Department of Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering (GTE)
April 10, 2023 – A total of 15 Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering (GTE) & Geosystem Exploration & Petroleum Geoengineering (GEPG) students, faculty, and staff members recently participated in the Global Project Based Learning (gBPL) Program offered by the Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Tokyo, Japan, from February 28 to March 8, 2023. The gPBL program fostered a multicultural atmosphere, bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate in teams and tackle challenges posed by professors and industry professionals in Japan.
The program’s main theme this year was “Developing solutions to combat natural disasters that achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The groups worked together to learn from experiences in their respective countries and institutes to develop mitigation measures and solutions that would promote SDGs and reduce the impact of natural disasters on human communities. It was a unique and valuable opportunity for all partner institutes’ students to collaborate on current issues and learn from one another.
During the program, students were also exposed to cutting-edge research and innovations that are currently under development and in practice. They were taken on a field trip to Obayashi Corporation, where they were given a tour of their offices, laboratories, and research facilities. Additionally, Sanshin Corporation, an industry leader in the field of ground improvement, gave a presentation on their various construction activities in the region and demonstrated their chemical grouting technology. The students found it fascinating to witness state-of-the-art solutions from Japanese industries.
About Geotechnical Earth Resources Engineering (GTE) Program at AIT
GTE Program is under the Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology. The program offers two major areas of specialization, Geotechnical Engineering (GE) and Geosystem Exploration & Petroleum Geoengineering (GEPG).