Kristen Strobel

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Kristen Strobel

Co-op in Seville, Spain

Year: Junior
Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Northfield, MN
Program: International Engineering Certificate in Spanish

For my international co-op, I spent three months living and working in Sevilla, Spain. I had a research position in the structures lab at the University of Sevilla and spent my time learning fracture mechanics and studying cracking in an infinite domain using the boundary element method.  In addition to my primary research area, I also spent time learning about new topics within the realm of structural engineering and materials science.  Part of what made my co-op experience great was having some say in what I wanted to study and being able to spend more time on the things that interested me.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Sevilla. It is a beautiful city with a rich history and many notable monuments including El Catedral, El Alcazar, Plaza de España, and many others. In addition to Sevilla, I was able to explore Granada, Cadiz, Madrid, Barcelona, Tenerife, Geneva, and Cordoba. As a student of architectural engineering, I enjoyed being able to travel and see many of the famous buildings that I have already studied.  My time in Spain also gave me the opportunity to improve my Spanish and learn more about Spanish culture and traditions. The international engineering program has been a great experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the interest in participating.

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