When Portland State University student Marisa DeMull signed up for the summer 2014 study abroad course in the Netherlands, she wasn't necessarily looking for a new major. A civil engineering student, DeMull thought the summer program just sounded like a great way to get course credit.
DeMull learned that she could get six credits for the two-week program and applied immediately, a week from the deadline.
“I tried spreading the word. It’s the best program, and so few people really know about it, which is unfortunate,” DeMull said.
After two weeks in Delft and a series of lectures, bike tours, and eye-opening conversations, the PSU senior returned home to Portland State and declared a change in her program of study: she would now focus on transportation, a sub-field within civil engineering.
"Until this trip, I didn't really know that was a career choice," DeMull said. "I love riding bikes, but to design bike routes for a living? I met all these engineers who are completely devoted to bicycles, who just live and breathe it."
Practitioners give daily lectures to the students in the course, and...Read more