College of Engineering to Hold Research Week April 9-13

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has expanded its traditional Annual Research Open House event into a Research Week, celebrated this year from April 9-13.  The week now features numerous activities that showcase how Engineering impacts the university's stratetic direction in conducting leading-edge research.

The university community and public are invited to attend any of the public scheduled events throughout the week. 

Monday, April 9Mars Rover Prototype Demonstration University of Iowa Robotics Club The University of Iowa Robotics Club designed, built and programmed a prototype Mars rover to compete in The University Rover Challenge (URC). The URC is hosted annually by the Mars Society at their Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah. Teams competing in the University Rover Challenge build a rover to compete and perform varied tasks deep in the Utah desert simulating realistic Mars rover operation and procedures. Come see the Rover in action! 2:00 – 3:00, 2040 Seamans Center

Tuesday, April 10Introduction to Systematic Reviews Qianjin (Marina) Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian Systematic Reviews is a research method that is commonly used in medical and public health but increasingly adopted by researchers in education, social sciences and, even, engineering. This workshop will introduce concepts about systematic reviews and narrative reviews, which is also called literature reviews, and differences between the two types of reviews. We will also discuss when and how to conduct a systematic review as well as the library services that support your systematic review project 11:30 – 12:30, Creative Space, 2001 Seamans Center

Wednesday, April 1120 Years of Saving Lives – Making Vehicles Safer National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) staff Drive the NADS simulators and discuss how they could be used in your research, education, and outreach activities. Student-led research projects may be able to use the simulators at low or no cost! 11:30 a.m. -12:00 Noon – presentation, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. - simulator demonstrations, 4602 Seamans Center

Thursday, April 12Going to Graduate School Workshop Allan Guymon, DEO Chemical & Biochemical Engineering This seminar is targeted to undergraduate student who are considering graduate school. • The application process for graduate school • Information about how to get financial support through fellowships & stipends • Information on BS/MS program • Future job opportunities There will be a significant amount of times devoted to questions. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend, Refreshments provided. 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 3111 Seamans CenterResearch Open House Poster Fair More than 110 posters will showcase the research activities and accomplishments of the College of Engineering's graduate and undergraduate students. 2nd Floor Lobby, Seamans Center 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 5:00-6:00 p.m., W10 Pappajohn Business Building.Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society “Engineering and Natural Disasters.” 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. W10 Pappajohn Business Building A panel of three speakers will each give a 5-10 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion and questions from the audience. The speakers are Daniel Miller from Stanley Consultants, Ron Knoche from Iowa City Public Works, and Professor Gabriele Villarini from the IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering. The free, public symposium was named in 1993 to honor the late Paul Scholz, 20-year Tau Beta Pi advisor and associate dean of the UI College of Engineering (1979-1992). Scholz was inducted as a member of the Legacy of Iowa Engineering ( in 2006. Co-sponsors are the UI Tau Beta Pi chapter, Tau Beta Pi alumni, and the College of Engineering.

Friday, April 13Student Recognition Luncheon Hotel Vetro 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. All faculty, staff and student poster presenters and judges are invited to attend, please RSVP to Living Library A living library has researchers stand in for books.  Instead of checking out print books, library users can read a person’s bio and if they choose that “book” then there is a 10-15 minute check out time where the library user can ask the living book questions about their research. This is a fun and inviting event for all participants.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Creative Space, 2001 Seamans Center

More than 110 posters will showcase the research activities and accomplishments of the College of Engineering's graduate and undergraduate students April 12 at the Research Open House Fair.