Engineering Open House 2007 – “Inspiring Innovation”
Engineering Open House (EOH) is an annual event organized entirely by engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is held each spring semester, and draws estimated crowds of 20,000 people including, students, teachers, parents and families, from all over Illinois (and beyond). The Railroad Engineering Program participates in EOH each year by working with major railroads who to set up various exhibits and displays of railroad technology. In 2007, Norfolk Southern, Canadian National (CN), and CSX Transportation each had displays in Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory. These including a full-size locomotive simulator, a freight train air brake simulator, full- scale railroad track construction exhibits, and a computerized railroad network dispatching and train control system. The BNSF Railway presented a seminar on their implementation of Electronic Train Management System. Photos of the railroad displays at EOH 2007, taken by Railroad Engineering Program Graduate Student, Athaphon Kawprasert, are shown below, along with links to photos of the participating railroad displays and the EOH website.
Darwin Schafer (L), John Zeman (R), and Dan Peltier (pictured in CN’s photo’s above) were the principal student organizers of the railroad engineering displays for the 2007 Engineering Open House. In addition to the displays by Class 1 railroads, University of Illinois Railroad Engineering students displayed posters describing their recent research on various railroad engineering and technology topics. Darwin and John are shown (above left) discussing the posters and John (above right) hanging his up.