Engineering Open House shows off 200,000x microscope, 3-D lab and more

New technology will make its debut at the School of Engineering Open House Feb. 26.

engineering_bldg_storyThe UAB School of Engineering’s Scanning Electron Microscope will make its public debut at the school’s annual Open House on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. The SEM is able to make one pollen grain look the size of a golf ball. The school’s VisCube, a cave-like virtual reality 3-D system used to train surgeons and more, will also be available to tour. The event welcomes prospective students, alumni and friends to tour the School of Engineering labs and facilities.

Students representing the school’s five departments will perform skits and conduct interactive experiments. Test your strength against the beaded lady, knock down dragons at the shooting house and get good arc with the catapult at the Mechanical Engineering team’s Mecharnival. The other departments performing include Biomedical Engineering; Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Materials Science and Engineering.

The public is invited to attend all events from 1-3 p.m. in the Business-Engineering Complex, 1150 10th Ave. South. Private tours for Central Alabama school groups will be held Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, Feb. 28.