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Engineering Exploration Day

February 6, 2009

Come see the fun, quirky, brilliant inventions and projects current CSU students are working on! Engineering Exploration Day is Saturday, Feb. 14. Last year's demonstrations included Simpooch, an MRI image of a dog encased in a life-like replica, and a Formula SAE hybrid race car.

Engineering Exploration Day
Saturday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Glover, & Engineering buildings

High school students: Take a look at engineering!

As they say in the sciences, there seems to be a “correlation” between high school students coming to Engineering Exploration Day at Colorado State and later enrolling as engineering majors.

“Many of the students we see here are studying engineering at Colorado State because they attended Engineering Exploration Days as high school students,” says Annie Bilyeu, event coordinator in the Academic Affairs Office for the College of Engineering.

“And they are exceptional engineering candidates. They’re very active—many are involved in the honors organizations and volunteer for events like Engineering Exploration Day.”

According to Bilyeu, these students are priceless resources for high school students who are in a quandary about whether an engineering career is a good fit for them.

At Engineering Exploration Day, volunteer student representatives share their experiences about their engineering studies at CSU, talk about scholarships, advising, and the university's financial aid program.  

Engineering: Good choice for those with above average ability in math & science

The invitation the College of Engineering sends out to high school students reads, “This free one day program is designed for high school students with an interest in a future engineering career. Freshman through seniors are encouraged to attend, as well as parents, teachers, and counselors.

“Engineering is a demanding curriculum at CSU; and for the qualified and motivated student, it is extremely rewarding. For students with an above average ability in math and science, Engineering Exploration Day is a great fit.

The event provides students the opportunity to explore various engineering majors, ask questions, and gather information, so they can more easily manage their career decision-making process.”

At Engineering Day, students can not only learn about engineering majors and careers, but about undergraduate life at Colorado State.  

Engineering Exploration Days, 2009

This year Engineering Exploration Days is set for Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. High school students, their parents and community members are welcome to come and learn about engineering majors and careers at Colorado State University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Engineering and Glover buildings and the Lory Student Center on Colorado State's Fort Collins campus. The opening session will be in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

Simpooch and hybrid race cars 

Engineering Exploration Day participants can view senior design projects from all engineering programs, including robotics and electronics.

Last year’s demonstrations included Simpooch, an MRI image of a dog encased in a life-like replica. Simpooch is a collaborative effort between engineering and acupuncture students and will give both a chance to practice the skills they need to succeed.  

Another project demonstration included a Formula Society of Engineers hybrid race car which students designed, built, and tested.  In the Formula SAE hybrid competition,vehicles entered must be able to run 75 meters within 15 seconds on pure hybrid power!

Programs, tours, break-out sessions

Engineering professors will describe the university's chemical and biological, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, engineering science and mechanical engineering programs. Tours of the college's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory also will be available. 

Register by Feb. 11

Pre-register by contacting  Annie Bilyeu at
Registration will be accepted until midnight Feb. 11. Walk-ins will be accepted, but there will be a limited number of brochures, maps, and other handouts for the event.

For more questions about Engineering Exploration Day, contact the College of Engineering at  


Contact: Annie Bilyeu
Phone: (970) 491-6220