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Herff College Will Open Its Doors During Engineering Open House Nov. 22

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

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. 

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