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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, Ukraine.

* 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.