Why are engineers some of the most in-demand professionals in the world today?

You will find out why during the 2019 Engineering Open House at the University of Virginia School of Engineering on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


All members of the public are welcome to attend Open House and learn how an engineering education can lead to an exciting, meaningful career. Engineers are leaders who make the world a better place by creating knowledge and technologies to advance every aspect of human life. At UVA, our engineers are developing medical technologies to treat and cure some of the world’s most devastating diseases; making it possible for autonomous systems such as self-driving cars to become part of everyday reality; securing computer systems worldwide from cyberattacks; and helping communities mitigate waste and deal with climate change.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

This schedule is subject to change. Visit this page for updates.

Tours: Student-led tours of the Engineering School will be offered every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please arrive for the tours 5 minutes early at the benches inside the front entrance to Thornton Hall (A Wing facing McCormick Road). University Guides also will conduct tours of Grounds at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. starting in front of Thornton Hall on McCormick Road.

Food: Einstein Bros. Bagels in Rice Hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 6. Food trucks also will be located in the stadium parking lot near Small Hall.

Parking: Engineering Open House participants can park free in the E3 and T4 lots. There may be fees or permitting requirements for other University parking areas.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Engineering Overview: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. / Gilmer Hall Room 130 with Satellite Locations in Rooms 190, 141 and 166 /  Craig H. Benson, Ph.D., PE, NAE, UVA Engineering Dean and Janet and John Hamilton Prof. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pamela M. Norris, UVA Engineering Executive Dean and Frederick Tracy Morse Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and William H. Guilford, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Nanodays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall / Faculty and Students of Materials Science & Engineering

Computer Science Department Chair’s Welcome & Overview: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. / Rice Hall Room 130 (Auditorium) / Prof. Kevin Skadron, Department Chair

CS is for You (Two Presentations): 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 130 (Auditorium) / Profs. Jim Cohoon, Tom Horton and Luther Tychonievich

Science, Technology and Society - The Social + Technical + Ethical Equation: 9:30 a.m. to Noon / Thornton Hall A Wing Room 207 (Rodman Room) / Prof. Sean Ferguson from the Department of Engineering and Society and Students

Biomedical Engineering at UVA: 10 a.m. / Gilmer Hall Room 130 / Prof. Timothy Allen, Interim Undergraduate Program Director, and Biomedical Engineering Students

Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering at UVA: 10 a.m. and Noon / Thornton Hall A Wing Room 120 / Prof. Harry Powell, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs

Introduction to Engineering Systems and Environment - Systems Engineering Program: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. / Olsson Hall Room 120 / Prof. Brian Smith, Department Chair

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UVA (Two Presentations): 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. / Mechanical and Aerospace Building Room 205 / Prof. Gavin Garner, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Chemical Engineering - Engineering Molecular and Biomolecular Change for Health, Advanced Materials, and Sustainability: 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. / Chemical Engineering Building Room 005 / Prof. Giorgio Carta

Introduction to Engineering Systems and Environment - Civil and Environmental Engineering Program: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. / Olsson Hall Room 120 / Prof. Brian Smith, Department Chair

Tools of the Successful UVA Engineer - Who to Know: 11 a.m. to Noon / Gilmer Hall Room 141 / UVA Engineering Staff

Chemical Engineering - The “Universal Engineer:” 11:15 a.m. / Chemical Engineering Building Room 005 / Halsey Prof. Ron Unnerstall

Engineering Overview: Noon to 1 p.m. / Gilmer Hall Room 130 with Satellite Locations in Rooms 190, 141 and 166 /  Craig H. Benson, Ph.D., PE, NAE, UVA Engineering Dean and Janet and John Hamilton Prof. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pamela M. Norris, UVA Engineering Executive Dean and Frederick Tracy Morse Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and William H. Guilford, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Why Every Engineering Student Should Study Abroad - Global Programs and Opportunities at UVA: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. / Thornton Hall A Wing Room 207 (Rodman Room) / Program Director Dana Elzey and Study Abroad Advisor Maya Drake

Admissions Talk: 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. / Gilmer Hall Room 130 / Merav Frazier

 

EXHIBITS

Applied Mathematics – Department of Engineering & Society

APMA Café - Meet and Greet: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Small Hall 112F / Applied Math Faculty and Students

Fun Math Games: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Small Hall 112F / Applied Math Faculty and Students

Biomedical Engineering

IDEAS Lab Tours: (30 Mins. Each Plus Any Wait Time) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Thornton Hall A Wing Room 006 / This is a hands-on tour of the BME IDEAS Lab for high school juniors and seniors, hosted by BME majors. Participants are welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting families can engage with our BME Student Ambassadors, while their students are taking the tour!

Center for Diversity in Engineering

Meet the Diversity Organizations: Snacks and Chats with Diverse UVA Engineering Students: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Thornton Hall D Wing Room 111 / Center for Diversity in Engineering Student Staff

Chemical Engineering

Meet the Faculty and Students: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Chemical Engineering Building Lobby / Chemical Engineering Faculty and Students

Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Room 301 / Profs. Eric Anderson, George Prpich and Fourth-Year Students

Cells and Hydrogels: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Room 209 / Prof. Steven Caliari

Polymers - The Technology Behind Marbles, Bouncy Balls, and Gels: 1 p.m. to 2:30  p.m. / Materials Science Building Room 171 / Profs. Geoffrey Geise and Rachel Letteri

Crystal Engineering: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Room A003 / Prof. Gaurav Giri

Catalyst Technologies: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Chemical Engineering Building Room 017 / Prof. Bill Epling, Department Chair

Wahoo Wizards - ChE Experiments for Kids: Noon to 2 p.m. / ChE Outdoor Amphitheater or Chemical Engineering Building Lobby (Rain Location) / Chemical Engineering Student Outreach Team

Women in Chemical Engineering - Take a Picture as a Scientist! Noon to 3 p.m. / Chemical Engineering Building Lobby 2nd Floor / Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE)

A. James Clark Scholars Program

Become a Clark Scholar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Rice Hall Davis Commons / Prof. Devin Harris and Clark Scholars

Computer Science

Computer and Network Security Club: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall 2nd Floor Lobby, West End / Students

LittleCodr Game Room (Activity for Children): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 242 / Students

Meet & Greet Undergrads - General Q & A with Computer Science Students: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall 2nd Floor Lobby, East End / Students

Hackers@UVA Club: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall 2nd Floor Lobby, East End / Students

Student Game Developers: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 204 / Students

Prof. Hongning Wang’s group demos: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 224 / Students

System Demos:

  • Personalized Amazon Shopping Assistant
  • Privacy-preserving Web Search
  • Personalized Content Recommendation System
  • Smart Building Search Engine

Prof. Kevin Skadron’s Group – LAVAlab: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 336 / Students

Prof. Vicente Ordonez-Roman’s Group: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 430 / Students

Demos:

  • Toward Dialog-based Image Search

Prof. Jack Stankovic’s Group - Smart Home Lab: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 540 / Students

Demos:

  • Sensor Translation in Smart Homes
  • M2FED: Monitoring and Modeling Family Eating Dynamics

F1/10 Autonomous Race Cars: 10 a.m. to Noon / Rice Hall 024 / Prof. Madhur Behl

Meet with Computer Science Faculty: 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 130 / Profs. Chris Barrett, Nada Basit, Jack Davidson, Mohammad Mahmoody, Mark Sherriff, Luther Tychonievich, Hongning Wang

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Generation of Solar Power and its Application: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Thornton Hall A Wing Room 001 / Prof. Mool Gupta

High-Performance Low-Power Design - Making Your Smart Phone Run Longer: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / Rice Hall Room 236 / Prof. Mircea Stan

Robots and Humans! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Thornton Hall C Wing 1st Floor National Instruments Engineering Discovery Lab / Prof. Joanne Dugan with Nojan Sheybani and Malcolm Miller

Thermal Imaging - Seeing What the Eye Cannot: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Room A011 / Prof. Mona Zebarjadi

Robotic Surgery, Training and Automation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Link Lab, Olsson Hall 2nd Floor / Prof. Homa Alemzadeh

Undergraduate Student Projects: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Thornton Hall C Wing 1st Floor National Instruments Engineering Discovery Lab / Prof. Harry Powell and Students

Engineering Systems & Environment, Home of Civil, Systems and Environmental Engineering

Omni-Reality & Cognition Lab - Virtual Reality Technology for Transportation: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Thornton Hall D Wing Room 107 / IT Specialist David Thomas and Students

Environmental Engineering Laboratories: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Thornton Hall D Wing Room 105 / Tony Singh, Environmental Engineering Laboratory Manager

Structures Laboratory - Infrastructure Laboratory: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Thornton Hall D Wing Room 001 / Students

Flood Warning and Management Using Cyber-Physical Systems: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Link Lab, Olsson Hall 2nd Floor / Prof. Jon Goodall and Students

Computer-Aided Materials by Design - From Nanostructures to Composite Structures: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Olsson Hall 1st Floor / Prof. Marek Pindera and Students

Shared Autonomous Electric Mobility - Opportunities and Challenges: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Olsson Hall 1st Floor / Prof. T. Donna Chen and Students

Risk Analysis and Advanced Logistics Systems: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Olsson Hall 1st Floor / Prof. James H. Lambert and Students

Student Chapter Activities – Systems Engineering Program Meet & Greet

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Olsson Hall Room 114 / International Chapter of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Student Chapter

Student Chapter Activities - Civil & Environmental Engineering Program Meet & Greet: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Olsson Hall Room 114 / American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter

Reinforcement Learning: 10 a.m. to Noon / Olsson Hall 1st Floor / Prof. Peter Beling and Stephen Adams, Senior Scientist

Demos on Aerial and Ground Robotic Vehicles: 10 a.m. to Noon / Rice Hall Room 028 / Prof. Nicola Bezzo and Students

Materials Science & Engineering

The Engineering Science / Materials Science Majors: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Room 109A / Faculty

Oobleck Vat: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Outside Wilsdorf Hall Entrance / Students

NanoDays - 15 Interactive Demonstrations on Nano and Materials: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Atrium 2nd Floor and Room 101 / All ages can enjoy hands-on nanoscience that includes giant nanotubes, lab tours, games, a design competition and the popular Oobleck pit!

NanoGames and Design Challenge - Fun for All Ages: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Wilsdorf Hall Atrium 2nd Floor / Students

Tours of the Materials Science Labs: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Leaving from the Wilsdorf Café Every 30 Minutes

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

**All exhibits will take place in the Mechanical Engineering (MEC) building.

Center for Applied Biomechanics: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 215 / Center for Applied Biomechanics Students

Mechatronics Lab: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 204 / Prof. Gavin Garner

Rapid Prototyping Lab: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 217 / Dwight Dart, Director

Computation, Visualization and Bioinspiration Laboratory: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 348 / Prof. Haibo Dong, Students

Flight Simulator: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / South Hallway Room 209A / Prof. James McDaniel and Students

Baja Car Student Team: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Plaza Outside North Entrance

Hoos Flying AIAA Students: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 214 / Aerospace Students

Spacecraft Design: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 213 / Prof. Chris Goyne and Students

ROMAC (Rotating Machinery and Controls Lab): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 105 / Lori Mohr Pedersen and Students

Mechanical Engineering Laboratories: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Room 103 / Prof. Natasha Smith