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.



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.

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.



This year's track will include: K-8 students, competition and non-competition, high school and admitted senior year students. Each track will have a distinct schedule with activities appropriate for each age group. Competitions at this year's event will include the Rube Goldberg competition, Balsa Wood Bridge competition, Nano-rover, and Space Plane. In addition, activities planned include SSoE Departmental showcases, student society/organization demonstrations, lab and facility tours, admissions presentations, young alumni panel, demonstrations from the KY Science Center, and the keynote address.

At this time, we are still finalizing schedules and will be posting them at the latest Mid-February. If you have any questions at this time please contact Luke Malone at


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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.

Stay tuned for the guidelines for the 2020 Balsa Wood Bridge competition.

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.

Hands on Activities


Speed Societies

Here at the University of Louisville we are home to some amazing Engineering Student groups.  We are looking forward to showcase what engineering students do outside of the classroom with various societies and competition teams.  Below are some of the Student Group who have participated in years past.  Students will have an opportunity to interact with student organizations and perform hands-on activities.   


Check out last year's activities below and stay tuned for the 2020 activities!

  • Louisville SAE Baja

  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

    • Zip-line ​and Water Testing Activity

  • Association for Computing Machines (ACM)

    • Circuitry Competition​

  • Society of Women Engineers

    • Penny Boats​

  • Phi Sigma Rho

    • Roller-coaster Build​

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

    • Electric Train​

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    • Hang Glider Build

  • River City Rocketry

  • National Society of Black Engineers

  • Redbird Robotics

    • Roomba Obstacle Course

  • Biomedical Engineering Society

    • Popsicle Stick Catapult

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

    • Fake Snow, Fluidized Bed, Rocket Launch

  • Speed Spectrum

  • Triangle Fraternity

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.

Lab Tours

(Subject to Change)


Rapid Prototyping Center

Henry Vogt Building (Room 100)

The Rapid Prototyping Center 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.


Transpiration Lab

WS Speed (Room LL06)

Smart, Safer, Sustainable Transportation (S3Trans) Lab, located in Room LL06B on the lower level of W.S. Speed Hall, was developed by Assistant Professor, Dr. Zhixia (Richard) Li in December 2016. The lab is used for both teaching and research activities in the transportation engineering program at the CEE Department.

Knowledge Discovery & Web Mining

Duthie Center for Engineering (Room 241)

The KDWM lab conducts research in Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, and Data Science for many applications dealing with large, multi-domain, heterogeneous, high-dimensional, dynamic data, including Web Search, Web Clickstream Analysis, Social Media and Text Mining, Recommender Systems, Social Network Analysis, etc. We contribute to better Understanding, Prediction, Connection, and Innovation.

Autonomous Robotics Lab

WS Speed (Room 226)

The autonomous robotics lab will showcase student made robots during an upper level electrical engineering course.  They will also have the opportunity to see the space and equipment that are used to facilitate this class and other lab courses.

Human Movement & Ergonomics Lab

Lutz Hall (Room 303)

This lab is a research space under the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  In this lab they use  high sensitivity cameras to track reflective markers that have been placed on the surface of a subject's body.  This is to track motion and generate models of human movement  They use data found here to improve human balance and analyze injury patterns.  Have you ever seen a sports player with a bunch of small reflective markers all over their body while helping to generate video game graphics?  That technology stems from the principals used in this lab.  Come by to see the testing in action!

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.

Lunch Options


While we can not provide lunch due to the large amount of student and parents that attend, we will be compiling a list of potential options for the convenience of our attendees. This list will be posted by early February.



An updated E-Expo map will be added soon!

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