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Professor Stephen Ressler, Ph.D.

Professor Stephen Ressler
  • United States Military Academy, West Point
  • Lehigh University
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In over two decades as a teacher, I’ve never experienced anything quite like commitment of The Great Courses to rigor in the course development process and uncompromising production quality in the studio.
Dr. Stephen Ressler is Professor Emeritus from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). A registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, he earned a B.S. from West Point and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, as well as a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Professor Ressler's papers on engineering education have won seven Best Paper awards from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Professor Ressler has also won numerous awards from the ASCE, including the President's Medal and the 2011 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Award-the organization's highest award. His other accolades include the Bliss Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Engineering Education from the Society of American Military Engineers and the Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communications from the American Association of Engineering Societies. Professor Ressler served for 34 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired at the rank of Brigadier General in 2013. While on active duty, he served in a variety of military engineering assignments around the world. He is also a developer and principal instructor for the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Teaching Workshop, which has trained more than 500 civil engineering faculty members from more than 200 colleges and universities.
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"Professor Ressler makes engineering come alive! Whether exploring great structures or ancient infrastructure, his presentation of fundamental engineering principles provides anyone who views his courses with a more rigorous way to look at the world around them. "

 

"Professor Stephen Ressler is engaging, funny, incredibly knowledgable and fantastic at conveying the occasionally complex mix of engineering, history, and culture that forms the heart of this course."

 

"Professor Ressler is an excellent lecturer. His models make the structural elements of sites very clear and understandable, both to engineers and non-engineers. "

 

"Professor Ressler did an outstanding job of explaining complex subject matter in an easy to learn format. His use of models was very helpful in understanding the material. Highly recommend this for anyone interested in the subject."

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21 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity Sale

    Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Stephen Ressler
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $59.95 $69.95 $59.95$69.95
    Experience the engineering genius that makes works such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi's dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge possible with Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. Delivered by award-winning Professor Stephen Ressler, these 24 lectures take you on a richly illustrated tour that deftly blends history and science to create an unforgettable survey...
  2. Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon Sale

    Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon

    Stephen Ressler
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $59.95 $69.95 $59.95$69.95
    Famed for great thinkers, poets, artists, and leaders, ancient Greece and Rome were also home to some of the most creative engineers who ever lived. Modern research is shedding new light on these renowned wonders—impressive buildings, infrastructure systems, and machines that were profoundly important in their own day and have had a lasting impact on the development of civilization. Now, in Understanding...
  3. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity & The Cathedral  Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Explore the wonders of some of the greatest cathedrals, buildings, bridges, and towers in the world with this fascinating, richly illustrated two-course set. First, experience the engineering genius that makes works such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi's dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge possible with Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. Then, get closer...
  4. (Set)  Greek and Roman Technology & Rome and the Barbarians Set

    (Set) Greek and Roman Technology & Rome and the Barbarians

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  5. (Set) How to Look Great Art & Understanding Great Structures  Set

    (Set) How to Look Great Art & Understanding Great Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Know what you're looking at in both great art and architecture and how to see it with new eyes with this course set taught by two master professors. How to Look at and Understand Great Art, by art historian and Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, gives you the visual and interpretative knowledge you need to approach great artworks, find their deeper meanings, and reach startling new levels of appreciation. In...
  6. (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Approach Greek culture from two important angles with this set of courses. In Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon, Professor Stephen Ressler introduces you to the most creative engineers who ever lived and takes you on an insider’s tour of their impressive buildings, infrastructure systems, and machines. In Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul,...
  7. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Classic Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Classic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  8. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Discover just how important and accessible three powerful branches of mathematics are with this two-course set. Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry is an unrivaled introduction to everything from algebraic and exponential functions to vectors and matrices. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition makes the key concepts and accomplishments of this field accessible to...
  9. (Set) Experiencing Hubble & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures  Set

    (Set) Experiencing Hubble & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Enjoy two richly illustrated looks at the depths of our universe and the greatest works of engineering genius in these two dynamic courses you won't be able to look away from. In Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, marvel at a carefully selected sampling of breathtaking images taken by this iconic space telescope. Then, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and...
  10. (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & The Cathedral  Set

    (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Travel back in time to see history’s greatest structures as they are being built. In Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon, get an appreciation for what the Greeks and Romans achieved without the construction tools we depend on in modern times. In The Cathedral, continue your architectural study with the most beautiful and intricate holy sites ever created.
  11. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Great A Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Great A

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  12. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Take a tour of timeless structures that are marvels of engineering innovation as well as of the awe-inspiring buildings and landscapes of ancient Mediterranean civilizations in this lavishly illustrated set. First, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, by civil engineer and West Point Professor Stephen Ressler, travel the globe learning how...
  13. (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Explore the genius that has led to some of the greatest inventions and structures in history that, in turn, have shaped history and transformed daily life in this eye-opening course set. First, in Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World, you’ll learn about the inventions and inventors who found a way to put their great ideas to practical use and, as a result, transformed society, the...
  14. (Set) Understanding Structures  Set

    (Set) Understanding Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
  15. (Set)  Greek and Roman Tech & Inventions that Changed the Worl Set

    (Set) Greek and Roman Tech & Inventions that Changed the Worl

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  16. (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Understanding the World's Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Paintings & Understanding the World's

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Discover what makes a painting or structure truly great with these two richly illustrated courses. In The World's Greatest Paintings, join a renowned art historian as he surveys the most significant paintings from the 14th century to the 20th century and the reasons they're so lasting. Then, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, learn the engineering...
  17. (Set) Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small  & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    See how innovation flourishes at science's outer limits with this visually rich two-course set. First, in Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small, you'll get an in-depth explanation of groundbreaking, interdisciplinary science that operates at the level of atoms and molecules and holds great promise for meeting some of society's greatest challenges. Then, in Understanding the World's Greatest...
  18. (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity  Set

    (Set) Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Stephen Ressler
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Gain a greater appreciation of the world’s most fascinating structures with these two courses. In Understanding Greek and Roman Technology, trace the development of architecture and weaponry. Go beyond Greece and Italy with Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures and experience cultures from around the globe.
  19. (Set) Modern Electronics & World's Greatest Structures Set

    (Set) Modern Electronics & World's Greatest Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    If you have a thirst for knowledge about the world around you, this set of two courses will satiate that thirst! First, in Understanding Modern Electronics, get to know the science behind the devices that you use every day. It's easier to understand than than you might think! Then, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, investigate famous buildings and...
  20. (Set) The World’s Greatest Churches & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity Set

    (Set) The World’s Greatest Churches & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Delve into sacred architecture with this two-course set. First, in Understanding the World's Greatest Structures, gain a solid understanding of architecture and engineering that will change the way you view the buildings around you. Then, in The World's Greatest Churches, apply that knowledge to holy sites from around the world and across time.
  21. (Set) Robotics & Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures Set on sale

    (Set) Robotics & Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $391.00 Starting at $115.90 $133.90 $115.90$133.90
    Explore surprising connections between the science of yesterday and of today with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the most amazing antique and modern structures in Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures. Then, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine.