Past Participants

Rob Asselin

Lehigh University Chinese Bridge Project participating student, Rob Asselin
Major/Minor: 
Civil Engineering & Architecture
Anticipated Graduation Date: 
May, 2011
Role: 
Summer 2010 Bridge Cohort Member, Fall 2010 Digital Bridge Student, Spring 2011 Bridge Studio Member
Why did you decide to become involved with the Chinese Bridge Project?: 
I became interested in the Chinese Bridge Project because of the unique design aspect of the project; specifically the portion of the project dealing with the design of a pedestrian bridge. As a civil engineer and architect, bridge design is a field that I am considering as a possible career path in the future. I felt that the opportunity to study traditional Chinese techniques and their principles of bridge construction would be a once in a lifetime experience that would prove beneficial in an engineering career. Beyond the obvious connections between the project and my academic interests I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to work with an exceptional combination of students from each of Lehigh’s undergraduate schools.

Alli Kowalski

Lehigh University Chinese Bridge Project participating student, Alli Kowalski
Major/Minor: 
Global Studies, Business
Anticipated Graduation Date: 
December, 2011
Role: 
2010 Bridge Cohort Member, Spring 2010/Fall 2010 Digital Bridge Student
Why did you decide to become involved with the Chinese Bridge Project?: 
I became interested in the Chinese Bridge Project because I wanted to learn more about the relationship between Lehigh and China. I was also interested in learning more about Chinese culture and working with an interdisciplinary group of students.

Andrew Maier III

Lehigh University Chinese Bridge Project participating student, Andrew Maier III
Major/Minor: 
Architecture/Civil Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: 
May, 2011
Role: 
2010 Bridge Cohort Member, Spring 2011 Bridge Studio Member
Why did you decide to become involved with the Chinese Bridge Project?: 
My interest in the Chinese Bridge Project stemmed from the architectural, engineering, and cultural implications of studying Ancient Chinese Building Methods. The importance of understanding the development of building methods throughout history is paramount to the design world, and the Rainbow Bridge possesses a construction method that is uncommon today. I find this type of study to be an important part of the development of contemporary design ideas, as the American and Chinese cultures approach design issues with two very different methods.

Alexandra White

Lehigh University Chinese Bridge Project participating student, Alexandra White
Major/Minor: 
Architecture, Chinese
Anticipated Graduation Date: 
May, 2012
Role: 
2010 Bride Cohort Member, Spring 2010/Fall 2010 Digital Bridge Student
Why did you decide to become involved with the Chinese Bridge Project?: 
I have always been fascinated by Chinese architecture and gardens, and the project seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn about Chinese aspects of design. The bridge project is exciting because we are bringing together students of different majors and backgrounds to achieve not only a better understanding and relationship between Lehigh and China, but ultimately design a bridge to symbolize all these aspects of the unique project.

Tom McMurtrie

Lehigh University Chinese Bridge Project participating student, Tom McMurtrie
Major/Minor: 
Architecture/Environmental Science and Asian Studies
Anticipated Graduation Date: 
May, 2012
Role: 
2010 Bridge Cohort Member, Fall 2010 Digital Bridge Student
Why did you decide to become involved with the Chinese Bridge Project?: 
I had previously participated in the Lehigh in Shanghai program the summer before my sophomore year and developed an affinity for Chinese culture and the countless contrasts it provided when compared to western modes of thought and approaches to everyday life. I also became interested in traditional Chinese design and later decided to study architecture, so when I heard about the Chinese Bridge Project it immediately resonated with me.