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Artificial 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 examples:

To help reduce the number of deaths from heart disease — 400,000 Americans each year — U.Va. engineers are developing an artificial heart pump.

To 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.

These 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 Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science on Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout the Engineering School complex.

Exhibits 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.

Kathryn 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.

The Engineering School and U.Va. Office of Admission will have people on-hand to answer questions about engineering studies.

Registration is encouraged. Visitors may register at the event in the lobby of Thornton Hall. Online preregistration is available on the open house Web site: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/openhouse/.

Free parking is available near Scott Stadium, adjacent to the Engineering School.

A 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.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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