24th Annual Engineering EXPO

Imagine walking into a room filled with people daring enough to tackle some of the most pressing engineering problems. In it you find a robotic system with the potential to deliver aid to frontline soldiers in combat; a design solution to solve the crisis of contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh; and even the invention of a self-rising levee that could prevent the kind of flooding that has recently damaged so many homes and businesses across the Midwest.

On April 23, more than 260 UIC seniors gathered in Student Center East to compete in the 24th annual Engineering EXPO, applying their four years of knowledge to real world problems.

“Engineering is all about creation and improvement,” said event technical chair Houshang Darabi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. As a longstanding participant, Dr. Darabi sees its value from all sides. “EXPO gives students a chance to network, and gives us an opportunity to introduce to the outside world what we do,” he said.

Sixty-eight judges volunteered from business and industry, including representatives from Motorola; Caterpillar; United Airlines; and Argonne National Laboratory. Groups of Chicago middle school and high school students also came to learn about engineering and get inspired.

Susan Tonon, a retired computer analyst for United Airlines, volunteered a fourth time to be on the panel of judges—though her perspective is that she received more than she gave. “I find the energy, commitment, and professionalism of these students so heartening,” she said. “I go and see what these kids are doing and I feel better about the state of our planet.”

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