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CEE student exhibits shine at 2021 Engineering Open House

4/2/2021 4:50:15 PM

A student demonstrates the concept of fluid mechanics in the exhibit, DIY Fluid Mechanics - 101
A student demonstrates the concept of fluid mechanics in the exhibit, DIY Fluid Mechanics - 101

Three CEE at Illinois student exhibits received awards during the 2021 Engineering Open House (EOH), which was held virtually on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 2021. In addition to several panels and live virtual events, the event featured pre-recorded exhibit videos from students in each engineering department and a virtual chat with Grainger Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

There were nine submissions from CEE at Illinois students:

  • Chicago Underground;
  • Concrete Canoe; DIY Fluid Mechanics – 101;
  • The Amazing Race: Ducks & Dye;
  • 3,2,1 Lift-Off! DIY Hydraulic Pressurized Rocket;
  • ASCE: Beginner Lessons in Civil Engineering!;
  • Life of Asphalt;
  • Railroad Block Signal Display; and
  • Effectiveness of Masks in Limiting Droplet Spread from Coughing.

Life of Asphalt won first place in the Sustainable Solutions category; Effectiveness of Masks in Limiting Droplet Spread from Coughing won first place in the Most Engaging category; and 3,2,1 Lift-Off! DIY Hydraulic Pressurized Rocket placed third in the “Together We Will...” (EOH theme award) category.

Students in other engineering departments submitted videos covering topics as diverse as “The Chroma Glove” from BioEngineering students, which provides tactile stimulation to differentiate between different RGB values to allow visually impaired people to “feel” color, to a classic egg drop challenge by students in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. See all of the exhibits at eohillinois.org/exhibits.

Three CEE alumni were recipients of 2021 Grainger Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service and were honored during EOH. Pedro Cevallos-Candau (MS 77, PhD 80), Andrew W. Richardson (BS 78) and Doris I. Willmer (BS 72, MS 73) participated in a virtual chat with the other award winners, hosted by Grainger Dean Rashid Bashir. Read more about each winner here.

EOH is a student-run event held every spring at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Typically held in-person, the event draws thousands of people – including families, students and teachers – to campus to learn about engineering concepts and research, demonstrated by Grainger Engineering students in a variety of creative exhibits. The 2021 event was held virtually due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.