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Engineering Open House March 2015


The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers an annual, free and open to the public event that provides an opportunity for visitors to meet faculty and staff, interact with current students, take tours of state-of-the-art facilities, and attend interesting exhibits, presentations and demonstrations. Bring friends, family members and others who have always wanted to know the answer to the question: “What do Engineers do?” Presentations will include "Sights and Sounds of Spaceflight," by former astronaut, Kathy Thornton, a presentation by Dean Aylor and a discussion of admissions and curriculum by representatives from the U.Va. Admissions Office and the Office of Undergraduate Programs in the Engineering School. The day also includes exhibits in each department and walking tours of the Engineering School Complex, Rice Hall and the 3-D Lab, led by faculty and students as well as activities planned by the Center for Diversity in Engineering.

If you are thinking about engineering as a career or want your students to gain a more comprehensive idea of the opportunities available to engineers, join us in March 2015. The SEAS Open House is of particular interest to prospective students and school groups of all grade levels.

There is no preregistration required for this event. Schedules and maps will be distributed from the registration table in the lobby of Thornton Hall on the day of the event and will be available on this site the week before the event.

General Information 2014

Contact 2014

Open House 2014
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
Thornton Hall, McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400743
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4743
seas-openhouse@virginia.edu ( best way to contact! )

Presentations 2014

Presentations Conducted by Location Time
The Engineering Science Major: Becoming an Interdisciplinary Engineer Engineering Science Faculty, Staff and Students Wilsdorf Hall Atrium Ongoing:
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Materials Science Program: Making the Materials that Build Societies MSE Faculty, Staff and Students Wilsdorf Hall Atrium Ongoing:
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Why Biomedical Engineering? BME Faculty and Students Olsson Hall 009 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Chemical Engineering: Engineering Molecular and Biomolecular Change Prof. Giorgio Carta ChE 005 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Systems Engineering at U.Va. Prof. Reid Bailey and SIE faculty Olsson 120 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
What makes the Engineering School at U.Va. Unique? E&S faculty Rodman Room 9:30 a.m.
Engineering Overview Dean James Aylor Rice 130 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Why Biomedical Engineering? BME Faculty and Students Olsson Hall 009 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Electrical Engineering Overview L.R. Harriott Thornton C316 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at U.Va. Prof. Hossein Haj-Hariri MEC 205 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering for Working Professionals Prof. Michael Smith, AMP Executive Director, SIE Dept. Olsson 120 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
From Dance to Robots: Style-Based Abstractions for Human-Inspired Autonomous Systems Prof. Amy LaViers, SIE Dept. Olsson 120 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Admission to SEAS  Dean Edward Berger MEC 205 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chemical Engineering: Engineering Molecular and Biomolecular Change Prof. Giorgio Carta ChE 005 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Electrical Engineering Overview L.R. Harriott Thornton C316 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Civil and Environmental Engineering at U.Va.  Prof. Brian Smith THN D221 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Why Might You Want to Major in Computer Science? Profs. Jim Cohoon, Tom Horton, Mark Sherriff Rice 130 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
What makes the Engineering School at U.Va. Unique? Various Rodman Room 11:30 a.m.
Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering for Working Professionals Prof. Michael Smith, AMP Executive Director, SIE Dept. Olsson 120 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Admission to SEAS  Dean Edward Berger MEC 205 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Why Might You Want to Major in Computer Science? Profs. Jim Cohoon, Tom Horton, Mark Sherriff Rice 130 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Systems Engineering at U.Va. Prof. Barry Horowitz Olsson 120 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Engineering Overview Dean James Aylor Rice 130 1:00 -2:00
Sights and Sounds of Space Prof. and Former Astronaut Kathy Thornton MEC 205 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Why Biomedical Engineering? BME Faculty and Students Olsson Hall 009 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Civil and Environmental Engineering at U.Va.  Prof. Brian Smith THN D221 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering for Working Professionals Prof. Michael Smith, AMP Executive Director, SIE Dept. Olsson 120 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Systems Engineering at U.Va. Prof. Reid Bailey and SIE faculty Olsson 120 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
What makes the Engineering School at UVa Unique? Various Rodman Room 1:30 p.m.
Why Biomedical Engineering? BME Faculty and Students Olsson Hall 009 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: My Experience at Merck Prof. of Practice Mike King ChE 005 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering for Working Professionals Prof. Michael Smith, AMP Executive Director, SIE Dept. Olsson 120 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Exhibits 2014

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering is the rational application of engineering principles to biology and medicine. Those practicing in this inherently multi-disciplinary field strive to better human health through research, design and technology development. Current areas of research interest in Biomedical Engineering include improving and discovering new ultrasound and MRI methods for imaging selected tissues and organs within the body, developing new drug delivery technologies for treating cardiovascular disease, correcting bone defects by growing stem-cell based tissue replacements, studying how cells and tissues sense and respond to their physical surroundings, and using computational models to better understand complex intracellular signaling systems and the formation of new blood vessels in both normal and pathological conditions.

BME Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
BME Faculty & Students Q&A BME faculty and students Olsson Hall 009 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
BME Faculty & Students Q&A BME faculty and students Olsson Hall 009 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
BME Faculty & Students Q&A BME faculty and students Olsson Hall 009 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
BME Faculty & Students Q&A BME faculty and students Olsson Hall 009 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Poster Sessions BME and Nanomedicine students including research, design, courses, premed, student experience Olsson Basement Lobby 9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineers combine chemistry, biology, and other natural sciences with engineering to efficiently and safely create products for our modern world. They help give us fuels, food, synthetic materials, medicines, biotechnology products, electronic materials, paper, and many other consumer products. They also have important roles in cleaning up the environment and in pollution prevention.

ChE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Battery Technologies Prof. Gary Koenig Research Group ChE 317 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Biorenewable Chemicals and Fuels Prof. Robert Davis Research Group ChE 229 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Engineering Molecular Transformations: Simulating Chemistry on the Computer Prof. Michael Shirts Research Group ChE Lobby 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory Prof. Eric Anderson & ChE Students Wilsdorf 301 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1-1 Meetings with faculty and students ChE Faculty and Students ChE Lobby 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ChemE Car: Undergraduate Student Design Competition ChemE Car student team ChE Lobby, 2nd floor 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wahoo Wizards: ChE experiments for kids ChE student outreach team Outdoor ChE amphitheatre 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil engineers build the physical foundation of society, protect the environment and develop the infrastructure of our communities. Their work spans the planning, design, construction and maintenance of projects including dams, bridges, transportation systems, materials, water resources, aerospace structure, ships, tanks, towers, hydraulic systems, and hazardous waste management programs. They work as environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, structural or transportation engineers in design, construction or research areas. An important part of civil engineering is applied mechanics, which focuses on the fundamentals essential in many areas of engineering, including mechanical and thermal modeling and behavior of solids and fluids in a variety of configurations.

CEE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Connected Vehicles - Harnessing Information and Communication Technology for Improved Travel Prof. Brian Park and Students THN D112 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Flow and transport beneath the ground - visualizing groundwater hydrology Prof. Andres Clarens and Students THN B123 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PureMadi - Sustainable water purification for the developing world Prof. James Smith and Students THN D222 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Computer-Aided Materials by Design: Micromechanics at Its Finest Prof. Marek Pindera and Students THN D222 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Concrete Canoe & Steel Bridge Competitions ASCE Student Chapter THN D222 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Computer Science
Computer scientists build "bicycles for our minds". We study information processes; their nature, uses, and limits; how to implement them elegantly and efficiently in hardware and software; and how to use use them to teach and entertain, understand and improve our environment, improve human health, and, in many other ways, to make the world a safer and better place.

CS Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Meet with CS Department Chair Prof. Kevin Skadron Rice 120 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Meet with CS Faculty Profs. Mark Sherriff, Mary Lou Soffa, Aaron Bloomfield, Jane Qi, Jack Davidson, Connelly Barnes Rice 120 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meet with CS Faculty Profs. Abhi Shelat, Wes Weimer, Mohammad Mahmoody, John Knight Rice 120 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meet with CS Faculty Profs. Marty Humphrey, Gabe Robins, Alf Weaver, Worthy Martin, Dave Evans Rice 120 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet with CS Undergraduate Majors Kevin Whelan, Casey Huang, Jim Roberts, Paul Moniuszko, Justin Ingram, Kevin Hoffman, Courtney Maimon Rice 120 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
U.Va. Chapter of ACM-W: Women in Computing Liliya Besaleva Rice 120 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3-D Object Localization with Radio Frequency ID Tags Kirti Chawla, Chris Mcfarland, Wil Thomason, Sami Fekadu, Devon Peroutky, Ismail Wahid Rice 226 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Smart Homes Graduate Students Devika Pisharoty, Shahriar Nirjon, Ifat Emi, Mohsin Ahmed, Enamul Hoque, Abu Sayeed Mondol, Jeremy Kim, Asif Salekin Rice 540 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Software Evolution Jonathan Dorn and Zak Fry Rice 434 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Distributed Systems and Scientific Computing Jacob Steele Rice 414 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hot Topics in Computer Architecture Lukasz Szafaryn, Jack Wadden, Ke Wang, Runjie Zhang Rice 332 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Student Game Developers Nick Lytle and Jack McNamara Rice 514 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Graphics and Vision lab Shanshan He, Paul Nguyen, Connelly Barnes Rice 224 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical engineers find new ways of using electricity and electronic devices to improve technology and turn ideas into reality. They use their knowledge of science and mathematics to design and build microelectronic circuits, robots, communication systems and computers. In addition, they use their knowledge of physics and materials to develop new technologies for faster and more capable electronic devices, which find application in computers, radio astronomy, lasers, aircraft and medicine, among other fields.

Some venues are subject to change. On the day of the event, the ECE main office at Thornton Hall will have posters directing visitors to the demos.

ECE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Student Projects and Selected Research Activities H.C. Powell Thornton E225 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Engineering and Society
This department provides the ethical, sociological, historical, and communication components of professional engineering education in the SEAS. E&S courses encourage students to think about their role as engineers and scientists in society, and to speak and write effectively. The department also encompasses the Engineering Business programs. Faculty in E&S, who are trained in a variety of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences, conduct research on the intellectual, social, and cultural contexts of technology and technological change.

E&S Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Student Capstone Project Exhibitions and E&S Research Overview E&S faculty and students Rodman Room 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Materials Science and Engineering
Materials scientists and engineers develop new materials, new processing technology and new understanding of how a material's properties and performance derive from its underlying structure. Advances in materials are critically important to improving current technologies and enabling new technologies never before imagined. The Materials Science and Engineering Department also oversees the Engineering Science program, which allows students to design a flexibly, interdisciplinary program of study towards a bachelor's degree that recognizes the growing need for engineers who can work across the boundaries of the traditional disciplines.

MSE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
NanoDays: 20 fun, informative, and engaging demos on the wild world of the very small, including the ever-popular Oobleck Vat Students of the MSE department Wilsdorf Hall Rooms 101 and 103 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Nano Fun and Games: Giant balloon sculptures, the Design Challenge, and games for the Little People Students of MSE and SEAS Wilsdorf Hall Atrium, 2nd floor 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Guided Lab Tours: The electron microscopes, the x-ray scattering labs, and the mechanical materials lab Staff and Students of the MSE Department Tours departing regularly from the Wilsdorf Hall Café. No unguided tours, please. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is a combined department. Mechanical engineering is one of the largest, broadest, and oldest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers use the principles of energy, materials, and mechanics to design and manufacture machines and devices of all types. They create the processes and systems that drive technology and industry. The key characteristics of the profession are its breadth, flexibility, and individuality. The career paths of mechanical engineers are largely determined by individual choices, a decided advantage in a changing world. Aerospace engineers create machines, from airplanes that weigh over a half a million pounds to spacecraft that travel over 17,000 miles an hour. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, or production methods.

MAE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Center for Applied Biomechanics (CAB) Adwait Mane & John Paul Donlon MEC 213 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mechatronics Lab Prof. Gavin Garner MEC 204 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rapid Prototyping Lab Dwight Dart MEC 217 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Electric vehicles: Ride Forward Dave Sheffler Outside North Entrance of MEC (Plaza) 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Baja car Baja Student Team Outside North Entrance of MEC (Plaza) 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hoos Flying Aerospace Students MEC 214 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spacecraft Design Prof. Chris Goyne MEC 215 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Aerospace Engineering at U.Va. Prof. Eric Loth and students MEC 214 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
U.Va. AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Aerospace Students MEC 214 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Computational Bio-inspired Fluid Mechanics Prof. Haibo Dong MEC 213 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Systems and Information Engineering
Systems engineering focuses on the big picture of system integration and analysis. Systems engineers seek solutions to large-scale, complex problems that require the integration of technological, organizational, human and economic factors. They are skillful in the use of analytical and computational techniques, problem solving methodologies and eclectic solution design.

Exhibits: SIE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Cyber-Physical Manufacturing Systems (CPMS): Human Activity Recognition Using Microsoft Kinect Prof. Peter Beling and CPMS students OLS 105 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SEAS Technology Leaders Program: Autonomous Quadcopters, Smart Greenhouses, and Home Health Devices Prof. Reid Bailey and Prof. Greg Lewin and TLP Students Rice 120, the Lacy Engineering Design Laboratory 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Welcome and informal Q&A INCOSE.org undergraduate student organization, Prof. James Lark, SIE faculty OLS 1st Floor Entryway 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Research and Careers in Systems Engineering INFORMS.org graduate student organization OLS 1st Floor Entryway 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Student Projects: Data analytics, Human factors, Decision support, Mathematical optimization, Risk analysis, Financial engineering, Healthcare, Wireless technology, Modeling & simulation, Security and crime analysis, Military, Environmental systems, Engineering management, and more Prof. James Lambert; Various OLS 1st Floor, OLS 103, 104, 105 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, CCALS.com Tom Polmateer and Prof. James Lambert OLS 105 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (UVACSE)
Established in 2008, UVACSE seeks to transform computational research across Grounds.  As the need for computational techniques in all disciplines increases, UVACSE serves researchers through education, consultation, and the management of shared compute resources. Our new VizLab will assist researchers in translating data into knowledge by providing state-of-the-art visualization tools and display facilities to enhance research and maintain an environment where researchers can interactively visualize and better understand their computationally-generated data. Details at: UVACSE

UVACSE Exhibits:
Exhibits Faculty/Students Location Time
Visualization Lab Demo Staff from the University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering Rice 024 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

General Curriculum and Admissions Information 2014

For visitors with interests in general aspects of the Engineering School undergraduate curriculum, applying for admission, or the Rodman Scholars program,a representative from the U.Va. Admissions office and Engineering School Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs Ed Berger will make presentations, and will be available for questions.

Persons interested in curriculum details for School undergraduate major programs may inquire of faculty in individual departments present for the Open House.


Map, Directions



Building names and codes
Map no. Name Code name
1 Small Hall  
8 Central Grounds Parking Garage  
9 Chemical Engineering CHE
17 Gilmer Hall  
24 Materials Science and Engineering MSE
27 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering MEC
38 Olsson Hall OLS
58 Rice Hall  
46 Thornton Hall THN
48 Wilsdorf Hall  

For the Engineering School complex:
THN-A is on the north side;
THN-E is on the east side (with usual entrance midway north-south);
THN-C joins THN-E, southward;
THN-D is on the west side (with usual entrance midway north-south);
THN-B joins THN-D, northward.


See a map of the Engineering School complex here.

Directions

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, approximately 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Two major highways, Interstate 64 and US 29, intersect close to the University Grounds.

From I-64, take exit 118B onto the 29/250 Bypass; then take the second exit (250 East Business), making a right at the top of the ramp and then another right, roughly a mile later, onto Emmet Street. From US 29, follow the signs to Business 29, which becomes Emmet Street. The Visitors' Parking Garage will be on your left.

To reach US 29 from the Northeast, take I-495 around Washington to I-66 West. From I-66 West, take the exit marked "US 29 South - Gainesville." Travel on US 29S into Charlottesville where it will turn into Emmet Street. Emmet Street will lead you to the University. The Visitors' Parking Garage will be on your left. If you reach the Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA) traffic light, you have gone too far. See the U.Va. Webmap (Offsite).

To download a PDF file containing directions to the University (PDF)!

Parking

Free parking is available in the E3 and T4 parking lots for Open House. See University Parking for information about additional parking options. Please note that the Engineering School does not reimburse open house attendees for parking expenses. Also, please do not park in the Education School lots across from Thornton Hall (44 and 57 on the map above). All three lots near Ruffner Hall and Bravaro Hall are off limits.

Food

Einstein’s in Rice Hall will be open from 9:00am until 3:00 pm on March 22. Also food trucks will be located in the stadium parking lot near Small Hall.

Tours

Student-led tours of the Engineering School will depart from the benches in front of the McCormick Rd entrance to Thornton Hall every 15 minutes from 10 a.m.-12 noon and every 30 minutes from 12 noon-2 p.m. Please plan arrive 5 minutes early for the tours. The tours will cover information about curriculum, student life, research and study abroad opportunities, and typical careers for our graduates.

Other Information

Near the information tables, there will be information on special curriculum programs, student organizations, other matters.

Center for Diversity in Engineering

In connection with this Open House, the Center for Diversity in Engineering organizes special activities and information sessions in conjunction with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). These activities are open to all interested persons. Individuals or groups interested in participating in these activities are encouraged to visit the Center for Diversity in Engineering website to see a schedule of activities.

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at UVA is dedicated to informing young women about the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them. Please stop by our table in Thornton A hallway to enjoy some SWEet tea and coffee and learn more about our opportunities for career development, personal development, community service, academic growth, networking, and leadership. Our website can be found at the SWE website.