For release: November 13, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis will open its doors
to the community and to hundreds of elementary, middle school and high school students
during its E-Day open house Friday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event will host engineering competitions for the visiting students as well as
showcasing engineering activities and research being conducted at the College, which
is located on Central Avenue near Zach Curlin St.
A special attraction will be the Navy STEM Tour, which will include Navy robotics,
a laparoscopic surgery demonstration, a model of a new electromagnetic aircraft launch
system, and interactive experiences that allow students to engage with Remotely Operated
Vehicles, submarines, divers and undersea technologies.
Faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Herff College will be on hand to answer
questions and discuss programs offered at the College. Groups may take guided tours
that include demonstrations of engineering activities ranging from measuring an EKG
to assessing the response of a multistory building to an earthquake. Guided tours
will be provided, or individuals and small groups may visit the exhibits and demonstrations
at their own pace.
In addition to the tours, student groups may compete in a variety of competitions
designed to show off engineering and team skills. Teams will compete in such events
as harnessing wind power, a boat race, biomaterial design, Lego robotics, seismic
design, transportation and constructing a cardboard beam.
Schools or groups may register online at http://www.memphis.edu/herff/eday.
The Herff College of Engineering offers undergraduate programs in biomedical, civil,
computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, and in engineering technology. Graduate
programs are offered in biomedical engineering (in partnership with the University
of Tennessee Health Science Center) and in civil, computer, electrical and mechanical
engineering, and in engineering technology.
The College houses the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, a center that
addresses the critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the
nation’s intermodal freight transportation systems. Other research centers include
the Center for Advanced Sensors, Center for Biofuel Energy and Sustainable Technologies,
Center for Partnerships in GIS, and the Ground Water Institute.