USF Engineering Expo 2009 Set to Inspire Young Science Fans

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2009) – University of South Florida engineering students and the region’s professional engineers will work their magic – as well as show off some of their serious science – during a weekend of hands-on activities at the 36th annual Engineering EXPO this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14.


EXPO 2009, one of the largest events of its kind in the Southeast, will bring together science, math and engineering enthusiasts and some unusual applications for savvy technical know-how.  Among the events scheduled will be a magic show presented by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s student branch Laser Light shows and the entertaining “Fun with Physics.”  The expo will feature exhibits from some of the region’s largest science and technology companies, including electric technology from Tampa Electric and robotics from Honeywell. The EXPO attracts more than 700 students each year as a means to encourage students’ interest in engineering, science, math and technology careers. The EXPO has been held annually since 1973 in advance of National Engineers Week.


Festivities and events on Friday kick off at 8 a.m. and will be on-going until 4 p.m.  Saturday’s events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The laser and “Fun with Physics” show will be held at the top of every hour and the magic show will be staged every two hours beginning at 9 a.m. The event and parking is free to the public at the USF College of Engineering, located to the east of USF Beard Drive. Media can follow signs to the Expo after the main campus entrance at Fowler Avenue and LeRoy Collins Boulevard.


 The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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STORY SOURCE:      Ana Rioja

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