Engineering Open House 2016: The STEM of Innovation

will span from March 11th to March 12th

Event Overview

Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity. If you plan to bring a group of 15 or larger, we ask that you register as a field trip.

FAQ

General Questions

What does EOH stand for?

EOH is a commonly used abbreviation for Engineering Open House

When will EOH 2016 take place?

EOH 2016 will take place from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, 11 March 2016, and from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, 12 March 2016.

My school would like to visit EOH 2016. Where can I register my school?

Visit this site here to start the process.

Do I need to register if I plan to come to visit?

No you don’t! Only middle schools and high schools that plan on bringing a school bus of students need to register.

When does registration close?

The priority deadline closes on December 27 at midnight. The final deadline closes on January 24 at midnight.

Where can I sign up to volunteer?

You can sign up for volunteering by going to this website.

Where can I sign up for a group tour?

If you are a high school or middle school group you can sign up for a tour here. Otherwise, if you are a smaller group or want an impromptu tour, we will be offering tours every hour on the hour during EOH hours (Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm), leaving from the Visitor's Booth on the south side of Grainger Library.

I have a general question/concern/comment regarding EOH. To whom can I reach out?

Please reach out to the EOH 2016 director, William Dong, through eoh@ec.illinois.edu.

Exhibitors

How do I register an exhibit?

See the "How to Register an Exhibit" section here.

When will I receive information regarding the EOH funding allocation for my exhibit?

Exhibits will receive initial information regarding funding allocation within the week after the final exhibit registration deadline.

My exhibit has received a certain amount of funding from EOH. How do I go about getting my exhibit expenses reimbursed?

An email containing information on how to reimburse your allocated funds for EOH will be sent out to exhibitors within the week after EOH 2016.

I have a question regarding exhibits that hasn’t been answered here. To whom can I reach out?

The Director of Exhibits for EOH 2016 is Noah Flynn. You may reach out to him through eoh-exhibits@ec.illinois.edu.

Visiting student (living on-campus)

Do I need to pay to attend EOH?

Nope! All current UIUC students may attend Engineering Open House free of cost. We recommend carrying some money to buy food and merchandise, available at various locations across campus.

Will there be food?

There will be plenty of locations to get food. There will be food trucks parked on Springfield between Wright and Matthews street. Additionally, visitors will be able to buy food at any of the restaurants on campus.

Will there be free stuff?

Yes, many of the exhibitors will be handing out free merchandise as part of their exhibit.

Will there be souvenirs?

There will be EOH-themed merchandise for sale on the first floor of Engineering Hall, 1308 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801.

What’s there for me to see?

Engineering Open House offers over 250 student exhibits ranging between all fields of science and engineering. Some example exhibits from the past are the concrete crusher where a one ton block of concrete is crushed, the Formula SAE student-built cars, the dorm room fire safety demonstration, and student-built aircraft exhibits!


Corporate

To whom can I reach out if I have specific questions regarding my company’s sponsorship package and/or exhibit(s)?

The Corporate Team for EOH 2016 (Komail Rizvi, Simone Pensabene, Paul Trzupek) can be reached at eoh-corporate@ec.illinois.edu.

Parking Info

Visitor Parking

We have a few parking options this year for EOH. You can park in lot E14 on the southwest corner of campus FREE and then take our shuttle system back to the north part of campus to enjoy all of our amazing exhibits! If you would like to pay to park closer, there is a lot owned by JSM 509 Healey St, Champaign IL where parking will be available at a rate of $1/hour. Be aware that this JSM lot only has about 40-70 spots, so you must make sure that you arrive early if you wish to pay for parking. If you find that E14 is full, lot B22 at the north end of campus will have some extra spaces. If you are coming on Saturday, several other lots around campus may have free parking if you read the signs of when the permits for the lots are enforced. However, it will save you a lot of trouble to park in E14 because that lot has already been reserved.

Shuttle Stops

Shuttle buses ran by Peoria Charter will be running every 15 minutes from lot E14 to the Bardeen Quad. The shuttle will stop on the west side of the engineering quad, across the street from lot B22 north of the Bardeen Quad, and on the east side of the Bardeen Quad before returning to lot E14 to pick up more visitors. You can hop on the shuttle at any of these stops in order to travel to and from your car and exhibits!

Bringing a School Bus?

IMPORTANT. If you are bringing a school bus full of students, you must drop your students off by the engineering quad (at the northwest corner of the Wright St and Springfield Ave intersection). This is mainly because all of the students can start their EOH experience right away and we do not want to overload our shuttles and make visitors wait. The drivers can drop the students off with their chaperones close to the engineering quad, and then they can park the buses in lot E14. The drivers can then hop on the shuttles and ride back to the Bardeen Quad.

Why can’t I park on Matthews?

There are spots reserved on Matthews Ave from Green St to Springfield Ave; however, these spots are reserved for Judges and EOH Officials only. We wish we could reserve everyone a spot, but that is why lots E14 and B22 have been reserved!

History of EOH

Since the beginning of Engineering Open House, the purpose has been to demonstrate the work of the college and the students in it. The precedent and inspiration for Engineering Open House came from individual department’s events including a physics open house in 1906, the electrical engineering show starting in 1907 and a mechanical engineering open house in 1914. A college-wide Engineering Open House, as we know it today, started in 1920 and put an end to separate department showcases, except for the Electrical Engineering Show which continued until 1942. EOH premiered in 1920 commemorating the centenary of the birth of James Watt with a little over sixty exhibits. Engineering Open House was interrupted by the war but then returned biannually in 1948. By 1952 it was an annual event with over 100 exhibits and demonstrations including the Illinois Central Railroad, the Illiac and the concrete crusher, which continues to be an exhibit today.

Engineering Open House began as an attraction for high school students and throughout the years has turned into an event for all ages. By the 1950s EOH had drawn over 13,000 visitors including students from 42 high schools, today we have twice the visitors with over 600 high schools attending. In 1954 Engineering Open House used 19 buildings and the help of over 800 students in the College of Engineering in fields such as electrical, metallurgical, mining, aeronautical, mechanical, ceramic, agricultural, civil, and chemical engineering, and physics. The number of people involved in Engineering Open House has continued to grow since its beginning, as engineering and science continue to attract minds of all ages.

About the Committee

Click on one of us to send an email if you have any concerns or questions and we will help you have the best EOH 2016 experience ever! Check out the full committee page to learn more.

William Dong

Director of EOH

Kavita Srinivasan

Secretary & Treasurer

Noah Flynn

Director of Exhibits

Komail Rizvi

Senior Corporate Director

Anna Mast

Director of Judging and Awards

Mason Rubenstein

Director of Internal Publicity

Amogha Ravindra

Director of External Publicity

Korak Ganguly

Director of Advancement

Yuki Dong

Director of Creative Design

David Jeffries

Director of Facilities & Equipment

Shreya Santhanam

Director of Internal Relations

Sanchita Agrawal

Director of Special Events

Logan Orr

Director of Traffic & Safety

Sanjit Dutta

Director of Visitor's Information

Artem Pavlichenko

Director of Technology

Gonzalo Gutierrez

Engineering Freshman Council Chair

Shashwat Gupta

High School Design Competition Director

Rohita Mocharla

Middle School Design Competition Director

Paul Trzupek

Junior Corporate Director

Simone Pensabene

Junior Corporate Director

Ali Arra

Historian

Michael Salceda

MRDC Co-Director

Ted Stelling

MRDC Co-Director

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