CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 14th annual Engineering Expo, featuring student projects from many engineering disciplines, will be held Friday, May 17, at the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.

The senior design showcase has more than 150 student-built projects, including at least 30 that focus on green energy and sustainability, and is combined with a "Robo*Palooza." The event is free and open to the public, and will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus. Tours of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory are also available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the hour.

More information on the event is available online at or by calling 541-737-3101.

The various displays offer an entertaining learning opportunity for anyone, organizers say, and may be of particular interest to high school students who are considering a career in engineering.

"The Expo celebrates the college's commitment to developing engineering leaders - students and graduates who apply their education to solve important and complex problems," said Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering.

Among the various displays will be:

  • A driving simulator where participants can interact with a video screen dashboard;
  • A technology that uses solar energy to power a refrigeration system for developing countries;
  • A laser radar camera that scans objects and creates a 3D image;
  • A mechanical device designed to simulate tremors suffered by victims of neurological diseases, and aid in designing products for people with disabilities;
  • 3D models of two indicator species, earthworms and honeybees, to determine safe and unsafe radiation doses for wildlife, which could help in the radiological cleanup at places such as Fukushima.

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