Dreaming Big in China – Part 3: Meeting with Students from Tongji University

May 19, 2016
Two student chapter presidents meet – Nathan from Purdue University and Tongji University’s Dehui Lin.
Two student chapter presidents meet – Nathan from Purdue University and Tongji University’s Dehui Lin.

Wednesday, May 18

Today I ventured to Tongji University, in the northern part of Shanghai, to visit with members of the Tongji University ASCE Student Chapter.

The students greeted me at the metro station, and we went to lunch in their cafeteria. I tried duck and pork, along with vegetables and rice. The meal was very tasty, and the students showed me how to eat using chopsticks, which is not nearly as easy as it looks. After lunch, the students showed me around their campus. They showed me a large shake table, where a model of the Shanghai Tower was tested before construction. They had these models outside the building, and many of them were 30 feet tall or more!

Shellhamer ID BoxNext, we saw the architecture building, and the students took me to the top of one of the tallest buildings on the campus for a unique view of the Shanghai skyline. The last stop on the tour was their civil engineering building, where they showed me several laboratories and work spaces, as well as many of the awards they had won at past competitions. I even got to see their most recent steel bridge.

After the tour, I was given the opportunity to talk about Purdue’s Student Chapter, and Dehui Lin, Tongji’s Student Chapter president, gave a presentation about the many activities their chapter is involved with each year. It was very informative and both chapters have quite a bit in common. After the presentations, I was fortunate enough to be able to present the Tongji Chapter with a plaque recognizing them as a distinguished student chapter, as well as several gifts from ASCE and Purdue.

The Tongji University civil engineering building.

After the presentation and some photos, we talked about our favorite professional civil engineering classes, and found out that many of us liked the same kinds of classes. While Purdue is done with classes for the summer, Tongji is still in session, so it was time to say goodbye to the students so they could go to classes.

I must say I was very impressed with Tongji University. The campus is very pretty, and the students were very nice and I know they were just as excited to meet me as I was to meet them. After visiting with them, it’s no surprise at all that they are a distinguished student chapter.

Thank you to Dehui Lin, and the other students from Tongji ASCE for the great visit!

Read Part 1: The Dream Begins in Shanghai

Read Part 2: The Journey to Suzhou

Read Part 4: The Star of the Show

Read Part 5: More Shanghai Sites

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