2019 UM-SJTU Winter School

The UM-SJTU Joint Institute is proud to present its first Winter School program, to take place in the three weeks from January 7 to 25, 2019, on the Xuhui campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in downtown Shanghai.

Participants can select one of three subject courses (described below) in the mornings, while an introductory course in Chinese language will be offered in the afternoon. Hence, participants may choose between

  • Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: As Culture and Religion? (3 credits) + Introductory Chinese language (2 credits)
  • Statics and Dynamics in Ancient Chinese Architecture (3 credits) + Introductory Chinese language (2 credits)
  • Advanced Mechanics of Composites & Introduction to Rapid Custom Manufacturing (2 credits) + Introductory Chinese language (3 credits)

Both options include three excursions outside of Shanghai, to the historical cities of Nanjing, Ningbo and Suzhou. These excursions will incorporate field trips as part of the subject courses. Weekends will be left as free time for participants. Detailed schedules can be found in the course descriptions below.

Accommodation will be in the well-furnished  Tao Li Yuan dormitories on SJTU’s Xuhui campus. The rooms feature

  • Double occupancy
  • Air conditioning (heating and cooling)
  • Private bathrooms
  • Internet access in the rooms
  • Self-service laundry facilities

and are located both close to the classrooms and in the center of Shanghai.

The cost of the three-week program, including course fees, accommodation, and the field trips, is 16,000 CNY. For information and booking, please contact the International Programs Office (ji-ipo@sjtu.edu.cn) for details and to reserve places.

Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: As Culture and Religion?

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In the last thirty years, China has developed more and more quickly than any society in human history, resulting in a sense of rootlessness and inquiry into the basis of values in contemporary China.

In attempting to understand this basis, efforts tend to focus on China’s differences from the West, as well as China’s history: In contradistinction to contemporary Western values, those in China would be based on ancient Eastern paradigms, characterized in terms of figures, questions, and themes associated with the Chinese philosophic tradition.

To better understand these dynamics and their stakes, this course serves as an introduction to Chinese philosophy, through reflection on the extent to which Chinese philosophy serves as, first, the basis for Chinese culture and, second, plays a role similar to religion in the Western world.

Towards this end, emphasis will be given to not only the history of China and its philosophical tradition but also contemporary China and current social trends.

The course includes three field trips to the cities of Ningbo, Nanjing, and Suzhou, where we will visit temples that illustrate the various philosophical points of view.

There will be an entirely facultative outing to a nightclub to observe different organizations of space, in terms of the kinds of cultural values they reflect/reinforce, in contradistinction to “western” clubs and bars. This excursion will take place in the evening and is not a formal component of the course. Participation is completely voluntary.

The course consists of 45 contact hours (3 credits). The course grade is composed of the following components:

  • Attendance/reading quizzes (20%)
  • In-class reflective writing (30%)
  • Cultural assessment vignettes/surveys (30%)
  • Final exam (20%)

Dr. Rockwell F. Clancy is a Lecturer in engineering ethics and philosophy at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Research Fellow in the Institute of Social Cognitive and Behavioral Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Law and Society, Cambridge University Press. He has served as a long-term educational consultant at Purdue University, having previously taught in the US and Europe.

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Dr. Clancy was a visiting researcher at the University of Strasbourg, France before moving to Shanghai, and his work has been supported by grants from the Shanghai Municipal government, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Purdue Research Foundation, and Flemish Community government of Belgian. He has published and presented extensively on engineering ethics, the impact of technology on (cross-cultural) values, moral psychology, and cross-cultural communication, as well as European philosophy, literature, and psychoanalysis. He is currently working on a number of research projects related to these themes.

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Statics and Dynamics in Ancient Chinese Architecture

The course is covers mechanics of composite solids with an emphasis on stress vs. strain analysis, homogenization methods with classical lamination theory, the effective stiffness properties, failure mechanics and theories of composites.  Classical laminated plate theory is used for the design and analysis of plate and beams in bending, tension, compression, and in humid environments.  Composite manufacturing and fabrication techniques are introduced in both lecture and lab formats. Formats of instruction include lectures and guided Problem/Homework sessions, and a composite fabrication and testing lab.

  • The class highlights stress vs. strain and failure analysis of advanced composite materials and especially laminated composites.
  • Matlab is extensively used for analysis of composite laminates, and some example codes will be provided.
  • The lab classes will use rapid fabrication/manufacturing UV adhesives and followed by tensile testing of prepared specimens to failure.

The course consists of 30 contact hours (2 credits). The course grade is composed of the following components:

  • Attendance (10%)
  • Lab (30%)
  • Problem / Homework sessions (50%)
  • Final presentations (30%)

Dr. Yongxing Shen earned his Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in 2003 and PhD degree from Stanford University in 2008, both in Materials Science and Engineering. He was a lecturer at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) before joining the UM-SJTU Joint Institute in 2014. Since 2015 he is also Associate Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, SJTU.

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Prof. Shen has broad interests in the field of computational mechanics, especially computational fracture mechanics. His interests range from designing numerical methods and analyzing their convergence properties, to discovering materials’ fracture behaviors with numerical simulations, and to applying numerical methods to make an impact to practical engineering problems.

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Advanced Mechanics of Composites and Introduction to Rapid Custom Manufacturing

The course is covers mechanics of composite solids with an emphasis on stress vs. strain analysis, homogenization methods with classical lamination theory, the effective stiffness properties, failure mechanics and theories of composites.  Classical laminated plate theory is used for the design and analysis of plate and beams in bending, tension, compression, and in humid environments.  Composite manufacturing and fabrication techniques are introduced in both lecture and lab formats. Formats of instruction include lectures and guided Problem/Homework sessions, and a composite fabrication and testing lab.

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The course consists of 45 contact hours (3 credits). The course grade is composed of the following components:

  • Attendance (10%)
  • Lab (5%)
  • Problem sessions (55%)
  • Final presentations (30%)

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