Feb. 25: Engineering hosts technology design competition


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2:46 p.m., Feb. 24, 2011----Area high school students will have the opportunity to create original assistive technology devices as part of the College of Engineering's Universal Design and Assistive Tech Design Competition to be held at the University of Delaware Friday, Feb. 25.

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Universal design is a spectrum of design that seeks to create products accessible by everyone, regardless of physical abilities. The program celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Engineering faculty will discuss current assistive technology research and universal design concepts with participants, who may also choose to redesign eCalc, a computer lab in the college.

Presenters at the event include: Ken Barner, chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Sunil K. Agrawal, director of the Mechanical Systems Laboratory and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Nils Hakansson, post-doctoral researcher and mechanical engineering professor; and Tod Corlett, associate professor, Philadelphia University School of Design and Engineering.

Awards will be given for the top designs in the assistive technology and universal design categories.

This program is part of the Family Friday event series provided by the College of Engineering’s Pre-college and Special Programs office. Other upcoming events include:

  • March 25 -- Girl's night: This girls-only event allows middle school and high school girls to meet UD's esteemed female faculty, learn about their research and participate in hands-on activities in celebration of Women's History Month.
  • April 8 -- Little Engineers: First through third graders explore the wonderful world of engineering through exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

For more information, visit the community outreach link.