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Release: April 14, 2002

Engineering Research Open House Scheduled April 24

The College of Engineering will host its first annual Research Open House from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. Designed to encourage interdisciplinary research among faculty and staff, it is free and open to the public.

Titled "The Value of Engineering Research to Society," the event will showcase, celebrate, and promote research activities, capabilities and accomplishments of the College of Engineering's faculty, students, and staff. It will also encourage graduate and undergraduate recruitment, development of new industrial contacts and better understanding of the college’s research capabilities throughout the university and the local community.

Planned activities include an afternoon research symposium in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505 of the Seamans Center, with two keynote speakers:

•1:30-2:15 p.m. Raj Aggarwal, vice president, Advanced Technology Center, Rockwell Collins, Inc., will speak on “The Corporate View of the Value of Engineering to Society.”


•2:30-3:15 p.m., Jon Van, technology writer, Chicago Tribune, will speak on “The Media View of the Value of Engineering to Society.”


Other events include:

•4:30-5:20 p.m., Greg Kirsch of the law firm Needle & Rosenberg, Atlanta, Ga., will speak on “Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Professionalism and Ethics” in Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall, Clinton and Jefferson streets.

•Noon-5 p.m., a Research Fair and Open Laboratories will be held throughout the Seamans Center.

•Noon-1:30 p.m. Engineering Graduate/Undergraduate Student Research Poster Viewing and Judging, will take place in Room 3111 and areas adjacent to Pierce Atrium, with winners to be announced 3:15-3:30 p.m. in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505.

Research Open House organizers say the event is aimed at University of Iowa faculty and staff researchers, current students, prospective graduate and undergraduate students, and corporate partners -- anyone interested in learning more about ongoing research activities in the college. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and network with potential collaborators, as well as learn more about the academic programs for those considering the College of Engineering for their studies.

Further information, updates and free registration are available at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, writer, 319-384-0009,