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April 9, 2001 Contact:Paul Francuch (312) 996-3457; francuch@uic.edu

Editors: Photo op.'s available at demonstrations. Project abstracts available via e-mail, fax or regular mail.



"Engineering Expo 2001." From the minds of University of Illinois at Chicago engineering students come a spectrum of senior class projects that may become practical, innovative new products and devices. Each project will be displayed, demonstrated and judged by a panel of faculty and corporate engineers.


Tuesday, April 24
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.)


UIC's Chicago Circle Center
Illinois Room (3rd Floor)
750 S. Halsted St. (between Harrison and Taylor St.)

PROJECTS: More than 60 including:
  • A voice-activated wheelchair
  • A garage door that opens after sensing a carbon-monoxide buildup
  • A "railroad bicycle"
  • A digital version of the traditional liquid and air bubble level
  • A CD-ROM changer for computers
  • Software that automatically updates stock market portfolios
  • An expandable snow shovel
  • A steerable hand lawn mower
  • A lunar geodesic dome

Students will demonstrate and explain projects. Faculty and judges will be available for interviews. University prizes will be awarded in 14 categories, along with corporate prizes and a "visitor's ballot" prize chosen by attendees. Projects are designed to show how students integrate ideas and knowledge from engineering studies to create practical applications.

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