James McDonagh

I’m a senior in the CEE department from Littleton, Massachusetts. Along with my major I’m working towards a certificate in architecture and engineering. I took classes with professor Adriaenssens in my sophomore year and started working for her in summer 2020. The focus of my work is preparation for online courses and the transition from in-person to virtual learning. Civil engineering is a field of study where physical intuition is extremely valuable- the challenge this year is to allow the learning of this intuition to take place at home. My work involves converting activities which normally would have taken place in labs into activities that can be undertaken with limited resources; converting everyday materials into tools for teaching about overarching principles such as equilibrium, stress and strain, and modes of failure. 

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