March 7, 2020

History of E-Expo

Engineering Exposition (E-Expo), formerly known as E-Days, is an annual event sponsored by the Speed School Student Council (SSSC). This event is a long-standing tradition that dates back to 1970’s. E-Expo aims to expose local K-12 students to STEM fields, to showcase student competitions and research, and to promote the University of Louisville, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering (SSoE), and the Speed School Student Council to the local community. In past years, the event has included networking opportunities, corporate representation, departmental showcases, STEM demonstrations, and competitions for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students. Each year, a new theme is selected based on the keynote speaker’s industry focus/area of interest. Examples of previous themes include 3D printing, automotive, sustainable energy, and transportation.


Event Objectives

  • To provide STEM enrichment opportunities to K-12 students

  • To inspire and encourage younger students to explore the many fields of engineering

  • To share information about UofL and SSoE Admissions with prospective students

  • To allow prospective students to experience the culture of UofL and the SSoE

  • To provide opportunities for networking between young alumni and current/prospective engineering students

  • To showcase the various departments, labs/facilities, and student societies/organizations at the SSoE

  • To recognize high-achieving K-12 and current students

  • To promote entrepreneurial opportunities and local start up companies to the Louisville community

Management & Organization

In order for this event to become a reality, many students, professors, and faculty provide their input, professional hours, and volunteer outside of classes. E-Expo is organized and run by the Speed School Student Council, which is one of the largest and most active student councils of the University of Louisville’s student body.

Company Partners

E-Expo would not be possible without the help of our partners. Brown and Caldwell graciously sponsored this event. We greatly appreciate the help Techshot has provided with organizing the keynote address. We would like to thank Carmichael's Bookstore for providing some of the awards and Wayside Christian Mission for our service project.



Registration for the 2020 Engineering Exposition is live!

Note: Register as Individual, Group, or School Team, depending on how many people you work/compete with in competitions.

High School students admitted to the Speed School of Engineering, please register under "Admitted High School Atendee" and follow the Admitted High School schedule track under the Schedules.

Contact with any questions/concerns.

Things to Do


Engineering Exposition has a variety of activities and presentations to keep someone of any age interested. From lab tours to competitions to our keynote speaker, E-Expo is sure to provide a fun-filled day. You can find information on a variety of things to do while at E-Expo below.



Space Place

1st - Spaceballs

Rube Goldberg

Elementary School Division

1st - NASA Girls

2nd - ABC Rockets

3rd - Group 9

Middle School Division

1st - LA Rockets

Balsa Wood Bridge

Efficiency                               K-8:                               Construction

1st - Ayoub Nagdy                                                                  1st - Ifrah Shaik

         2nd - Griffin McNamara                                   2nd - Nadia Abugabal and Aisha Abdulbaqi

3rd - Musa Nagdy                                                                     2nd - Amir Aminov

High School:    

1st Sam, Nick, and Conner                         1st - Jaxon Elwell, Simon Smith, and Corey Williams

2nd - Campbell, Clark, and Whatley                                      2nd - Campbell, Clark, and Whatley

3rd - Wyatt, Brendon, Ryan, and Connor                          2nd - Feldkamp and Huff from Team 9


Keynote Speaker


















There are several competitions that K-12 students can prepare an entry prior to the event. Each competition will be judged on the day of E-Expo based on the guidelines below and awards will be given following the Keynote presentation. Registration for the competitions is located in the K-12 Attendee Registration. REMINDER: No fire is to be used in any of the competitions

Rube Goldberg Competition

A classic E-Expo event, the Rube Goldberg competition will require participants to design a machine that will launch a model rocket to the stars!


Space Plane Competition

For one of the themed competitions, participants will design a Space Plane. Students will be asked to defend their designs for interplanetary travel.

Nanorover Competition

In this themed competition, participants will design a rover used on several types of terrain. Students will defend why their rovers are best for space exploration.

Space Transport Bridge Competition

Bridge design is still an important aspect of space exploration. For this year's version of the Balsa Wood Bridge, participants will imagine the bridges transporting space vehicles at Cape Canaveral, as their bridges undergo various structural tests.


  • Bridges should not be painted, as paint can improve the structure of the bridge. Points may be taken off if paint is used, but if a participant is unaware of this rule and competes with a painted bridge, competing is still allowed.

  • Bridges are allowed to have wood glue laminated on them, as long as they are not totally coated.

  • The use of fire in any competition is not allowed, as this violates the University's fire regulations, and creates a safety hazard for an event as large as E-Expo.

Hands on Activities


Speed Societies

The below Student Organizations are an integral part of the Speed School of Engineering.  Engineering is more than classwork, and our student groups make it their mission to live out their education through activities, advocacy, and projects.  E-Expo participants will have an opportunity to interact with student organizations, learn about the work they do, and perform hands-on activities.  

  • River City Rocketry​

    • Launch Apogee Apprentice Model Rockets​

  • Society of Women Engineers​

    • Penny Boats​

  • Phi Sigma Ro Sorority

    • Launching paper rockets​

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    • Meteor-Launching Catapult​

  • American Society of Civil Engineers

    • Brainstorming​

  • Engineers Without Borders/Water Professionals

    • Zipline Activity​

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

    • Bouncy Balls Construction

    • Rocket Propellant Activity

  • Biomedical Engineering Society

    • Anatomy of Blood lesson​

  • National Society of Black Engineers

    • Popsicle Stick Structures​

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

    • Hydraulic Robotic Arm​

  • Redbird Robotics

    • Prototype drone​

  • Speed Spectrum

    • Molecular Polarity Demonstration​

Kentucky Science Center

The Kentucky Science Center encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational, and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning.

UofL Planetarium

UofL's planetarium will be on the second floor of the Belknap Academic Building, featuring shows every 15 minutes starting at 9am. Please visit to learn more about this great program!

Louisville Regional Science Fair

The Louisville Regional Science Fair is being hosted at the Student Activities Center all day on March 7th. Public viewing of the middle school and high school science fair projects lasts from 2pm-3pm. For more information, please visit


Research Showcase

The University of Louisville is home to dozens of research centers and labs that conduct important scientific research. E-Expo's Research Showcase will take place on the 3rd floor of the Belknap Academic Building from 10am-2pm, with some of the labs below hosting tours from 11am-noon (denoted by ***).

***Admitted High School students will be touring more labs from 11am-noon.***

***Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology (AMIST)

Henry Vogt Building (Room 100)

AMIST is a leading center for Additive Manufacturing that allow one to go directly from a computer model to a part in hand using lasers and powdered polymers and metals. Come by and see some of the latest technologies for additive manufacturing as well as our Haas Technical Education Center with state-of-the-art NC machining capabilities.

***This lab will be featuring open tours from 10am-2pm***


Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory

The Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory (CVIP Lab) was established in 1994 at the University of Louisville and is committed to excellence in research, teaching and training of image analysis and computer vision. The CVIP Lab has three broad focus areas: imaging science, computer vision and biomedical imaging. The laboratory hosts unique and modern hardware for imaging, AI Robotics, vision sensors, object scanning, high performance computing and visualization. The laboratory is housed in a modern state-of-the-art research building and is equipped with the latest in information technology. 

***The Micro/Nano Technology Center

Shumaker Research Building (Room 122)

The MNTC is a class 100/1000 $30 million 10,000 ft2 cleanroom facility with SEM imaging, characterization and packaging capabilities. The Center’s expertise resides in micro and nanotechnology, sensors, transducers, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), advanced materials, biomedical devices, space and governmental applications.

The Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC) supports a wide range of research initiated by faculty, academic institutions, start-ups, medium and large businesses around the country. We are part of the KY Multiscale Manufacturing and Nanointegration Node, under the NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program.

Visit for more information!

Bioinstrumention and Controls Research and Development (BICRD)

For information about the great work being done at the BICRD, please visit

***Innovative and Emerging Technologies

Duthie (Room 237)

The Innovative and Emerging Technologies Lab conduct research on topics such as resilience metrics, medical imaging, e-Health, authentication, and interactive media.

***This lab will be featuring open tours from 10am-2pm in Duthie Room 237***

***Chemical Engineering Unit Operations

Ernst Hall (Room 100)

***This lab will be featuring open tours from 10am-2pm in Ernst Hall Room 237***

Service Project


Lunch Options





The Speed School Parking Lot will be open for everyone to park in for free. The entrance to it is between Ernst Hall and WS Speed Hall. Also, there is another parking lot on the other side of the train tracks behind Speed School and the entrance to it is on 3rd Street. We will have volunteers in the parking lot to help guide you and to answer your questions.

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