CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
University of Iowa College of Engineering Offers Free Tours
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In addition to shopping and sightseeing, visitors
to the Iowa City/Coralville area have a new attraction: free walking tours
of the University of Iowa College of Engineering's nationally and internationally
renowned teaching and research centers. Led by undergraduate engineering
students, the free tours are offered between 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday beginning at Room 3117, Engineering Building, just south
of the Old Capitol, Washington and Capitol streets.
Highlights of the tours include:
* Iowa Driving Simulator -- One of the world's most advanced vehicle
simulators, currently being refitted for use both as a flight simulator
and a ground vehicle simulator.
* GROK (Graphical Representation of Knowledge) Lab -- The lab will
provide 3-D software for a robot that researchers from government, industry
and universities will use late this year or early next year to gather information
about the radioactive interior of the failed nuclear reactor in Chernobyl,
* Mini-Baja Car -- An off-road car, and the Society of Automotive Engineers
formula car, are designed to compete in student races, as well as illustrate
engineering design principles.
* Quantitative Imaging Electronic Classroom -- This state-of-the art
digital imaging classroom, providing training in technology that is increasingly
important in industry and medicine, is constantly being upgraded to offer
students the latest in teaching approaches.
* Biomedical Engineering Labs -- Areas of research interest include
the human spine and cardiac imaging techniques. The college's undergraduate
program is one of only 21 accredited biomedical and bioengineering undergraduate
programs in the country.
* Chemical and Biochemical Engineering -- Interdisciplinary research
centers on biocatalysis and bioprocessing, environmental research, and
medical and pharmacological research.
* Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research -- The world-famous institute
conducts a wide range of research, ranging from designing systems to help
preserve the billion-dollar salmon fishing industry in the Columbia River
to ice research aimed at designing highways with safer winter driving characteristics.
Reservations are not needed for the walking tours, however visitors
are urged to call the college at (319) 335-5763 to confirm tour schedule
times or request large group tours.