U.Va. Engineering Open House Set for Feb. 24

Feb. 13, 2007 -- If you are thinking about engineering as a career or know someone who is, mark your calendars and plan to attend the family-friendly U.Va. Engineering Open House on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a presentation by former astronaut Kathy Thornton on the “Sights and Sounds of Space Flight” and exhibits on robots in action, blood vessel growth and healing, and producing renewable biodiesel fuel from soybeans, to name a few.

The open house provides the opportunity for visitors to meet faculty and staff; interact with current students; take tours of buildings, labs and classrooms; and visit interesting exhibits that highlight faculty and student research projects. The event is of particular interest to prospective U.Va. engineering students, school groups of all grade levels and those who are curious about the latest in engineering research.

The day’s activities will include demonstrations, exhibits, tours and much more.

Larry Richards, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will speak about “Engineering Greats” — engineering professionals who have made a significant contribution to the world in which we live — and Paxton Marshall, professor and associate dean of undergraduate programs, will discuss admission to the Engineering School.

Exhibits include: “Go With the Flow: Blood Vessel Growth and Healing,” sponsored by the biomedical engineering department; “Renewable Fuels-Biodiesel from Soybeans,” sponsored by the chemical engineering department; “The Smart Travel Lab: Transportation in the Information Age,” sponsored by the civil engineering department; “Robots in Action,” sponsored by the computer science department; “Wireless RF Circuits,” sponsored by the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; “Nanoscale Imaging,” sponsored by the materials science and engineering department; “Mechatronics: Mec-E Mouse,” sponsored by the mechanical and aerospace engineering department; “WebCAT, the Web-Based Crime Analysis Toolkit,” sponsored by the systems and information engineering department; and an exhibition on the ethical, sociological and historical components of professional engineering, sponsored by the science, technology and society department.

In addition, the school’s Center for Diversity in Engineering will host special programs and information sessions.

No pre-registration is necessary to attend the open house. Schedules and maps will be distributed at the registration table in the lobby of Thornton Hall on the day of the event.

For more information, visit www.seas.virginia.edu/openhouse.

About the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1836, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science combines research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the undergraduate programs, courses in engineering, ethics, mathematics, the sciences and the humanities are available to build a strong foundation for careers in engineering and other professions. Abundant research opportunities complement the curriculum and educate young men and women to become thoughtful leaders in technology and society. At the graduate level, the engineering school collaborates with the University’s highly ranked medical and business schools on interdisciplinary research projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. With a distinguished faculty and a student body of 2,000 undergraduates and 650 graduate students, the engineering school offers an array of engineering disciplines, including cutting-edge research programs in computer and information science and engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology. For more information, visit www.seas.virginia.edu.