2012 Engineering Expo
More than 1500 people attended the 13th annual Engineering Expo. (Photo by Jeff Basinger)

To many people, the Engineering Expo can seem extremely overwhelming. There are hundreds of people walking around and going to the various booths, looking at all of the exciting research. But first glances can be deceiving. After spending some time at the Expo, whether you are being forced to go for a class, choosing to go because you are truly interested, or simply a person passing by, there is something for everyone.

When I first entered the Expo, I was taken aback by the number of people who fit into Kelley Engineering Center! Not only were the walls lined with trifolds and presenters, but the grass outside the building was also covered with tents and more presentations.

I quickly realized that you do not have to be an engineer to enjoy the topics presented at the expo; anyone can find an exhibit that interests them (I certainly did, and I’m not an engineering student). There were projects about the MU remodel, Habitat for Humanity, home brewing systems, and my favorite, the wireless heart rate monitor. As an undergrad entering the healthcare field, I was fascinated by many of the projects at the Expo. The event featured lots of exciting things to draw people in, from motorcycles, to remote control cars to even an eagle outside the main entrance.

If you give yourself a second to take in the throngs of people buzzing around Kelley, you will be entertained by the array of things to see. And if you take the time to look, you will discover a project that suits your interests!

By Chelsi Rayford (junior in general science with a minor in communications and chemistry)


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