Christine Fiori, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., led the first detailed engineering study on the Inca Road. She spent four years studying sections of the 700-year-old passage with an international team of researchers and students.
Fiori is the associate director of Virginia Tech’s Myers-Lawson School of Construction, where she has taught courses since 2007. She also is active in the construction industry, consulting internationally for projects. While modern construction is the focus of her everyday world and the foundation of her professional experience, what sets Fiori apart from her peers is her research into ancient engineering.
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