heart pump, solar-powered car among items on exhibit
U.Va. Engineering School Invites Public To Open House
February 5, 2004 --
Every year, engineers at the University of Virginia tackle
great problems that, once solved, have the potential to transform
the world we live in. Consider these
help reduce the number of deaths from heart disease — 400,000
each year — U.Va. engineers are developing an artificial heart pump.
reduce world reliance on crude oil, a nonrenewable energy source
used to make fuels like gasoline, engineers at U.Va. are exploring
the use of alternative,
renewable sources of energy, such as solar power, for powering automobiles.
two engineering projects — the artificial heart pump
and solar-powered car — are among the many that will
be exhibited at the annual Open House of the University of
School of Engineering and Applied Science on Feb.
28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout the Engineering School complex.
and activities at the event will offer a look at different
areas of engineering — mechanical, electrical, biomedical,
chemical, civil, aerospace, computer, materials and systems
engineering. The event is free and open to the
public, and especially appropriate for middle-school and high-school
students considering careers in engineering. The nearly 50
exhibits include lasers,
a movie of a mouse heart MRI and a scanning electron microscope.
Thornton, former astronaut and assistant dean of graduate programs
for the Engineering School, will give an
audio-visual presentation, "The Sights
and Sounds of Space Flight," at 1 p.m. in the Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering building, Room 205.
Engineering School and U.Va. Office of Admission will have people
on-hand to answer questions about engineering
is encouraged. Visitors may register at the event in the lobby
of Thornton Hall. Online preregistration is
parking is available near Scott Stadium, adjacent to the Engineering
full listing of exhibits is available on the Open House Web site,
along with maps, directions and other information.
For more information, visit the Open House Web site: http//www.seas.virginia.edu/openhouse
or, call Karen Harper at (434) 924-7424.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858