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U of M's Herff College of Engineering Will Host Open House Nov. 20 University News
For release: November 11, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis will open its doors to the community and to hundreds of middle school, high school, and community college students during its E-Day open house Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will showcase engineering activities and research being conducted at the College, which is located on Central Avenue near the Zach Curlin intersection. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the Herff College will be on hand to answer questions and discuss programs offered at the College.

Groups may take guided tours that include demonstrations of engineering activities ranging from measurement of an EKG to making biodiesel fuel out of vegetable oil. Individuals and small groups may walk through and visit the exhibits and demonstrations at their own pace.

In addition to the tours, students may compete in a variety of competitions designed to build engineering and team skills. The winners will take home cash awards in the form of donations to their schools. Middle and high school teams will compete in such events as harnessing wind power, boat building, designing a kicking device, and constructing the strongest cardboard beam, along with the traditional wall- and bridge-building competitions.

Registration for the competitions is available online at

Groups may register for guided tours by calling 901-678-4933 or by e-mail at

The Herff College of Engineering offers undergraduate programs in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and in engineering technology. Graduate programs are offered in biomedical engineering (in partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center) and in computer, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and engineering technology. The College also houses the Ground Water Institute, a center of expertise on ground water research and management. Other research centers include The Center for Advanced Sensors and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute.

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