Engineering Design EXPO Celebrating the Next 25 Years in Engineering
April 17, 2018
More than 60 student-led projects that explore ideas like how to improve communication on suborbital space flights, an innovative technique to improve coffee bean roasting and a robotic arm that can play the card game Crazy 8s will be highlighted during the University of Idaho College of Engineering’s 25th annual Engineering Design EXPO Friday, April 27, on the U of I Moscow campus.
The Engineering Design EXPO is Idaho’s longest-running interdisciplinary engineering initiative featuring student innovations. Students will demonstrate their senior capstone design projects, the work of the college’s Grand Challenge Scholars and many other innovative student-led and industry-sponsored projects from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bruce M. Pitman Center.
The theme of this year’s event focuses on celebrating the next 25 years in engineering and what it means to “Engineer like a Vandal.” EXPO will also feature two unique speakers. Thirteen-year-old app developer Alex Knoll, a former Invent Idaho winner and founder of Ability App, will give a talk on the things we can do, big and small, to make the world a more inclusive and accessible place. In addition, Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately built manned craft to reach space, will give the EXPO’s keynote address on managing and motivating the creative process.
Throughout the day, over 50 academic and industry judges will circulate through EXPO Hall to evaluate team projects and will tabulate scores based on how teams communicate their engineering problems and solutions. Excellence awards will be presented to teams at the college’s annual award ceremony. All EXPO visitors will also be able to vote for the People’s Choice award project.
The College of Engineering will host over 500 middle and high school students from across Idaho as part of the Extended Experience EXPO program. Students will have the opportunity to explore EXPO Hall, engage with engineering students and their projects, as well as tour the U of I campus, take part in hands-on activities arranged by other university colleges and departments and experience college life with lunch at the Hub dining hall.
This year’s Engineering Design EXPO is presented by the Micron Foundation and Engineering Outreach at the University of Idaho. EXPO is also made possible with the generous support of Avista, Boeing, BP, HP Inc., CCI-Speer, Idaho Power, Idaho STEM Action Center, J-U-B Engineers, Lochsa Engineering, Power Engineers, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Wagstaff Inc. and Western Trailers.
Additional information is available on the EXPO website at www.uidaho.edu/expo.
College of Engineering, Marketing and Communications Manager, EXPO Chair
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu