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Saturday expo opens up engineering possibilities to public

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 01:15 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An engineer whose career has included oil rig and power plant construction, Disney theme park development and science center management will speak to aspiring engineers and visitors at the University of Louisville’s annual Engineering Expo Saturday, March 6.


Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif., since 2003, will give the expo’s free, public keynote talk at 11 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. During his tenure at Discovery, the center’s operating budget has tripled to $9 million and annual attendance has grown 200 percent.

UofL’s Engineering Expo, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcases the university’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering research and activities to visitors. Speed Student Council sponsors the annual event celebrating the profession’s many facets.

Other activities will be in the Shumaker Research Building, Lutz Hall and the engineering school’s other buildings along Eastern Parkway near Third Street.

Visitors also can:

—tour research and teaching laboratories throughout Speed School buildings

—discuss and examine UofL student research projects

—watch high school students test their pre-built balsa-wood bridges in competition

—watch demonstrations and contests highlighting various engineering fields.

Because of nearby construction, visitors are advised to park in the Third Street lot near the engineering graphics building, across from the Reynolds Lofts housing complex and near the railroad overpass at Third and Eastern Parkway.

For more information, e-mail the Speed Student Council office at, call the Speed School dean’s office at 502-852-6281 or check

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