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Spring Open House 2016

Spring Open House is designed to provide admitted students with a brief overview of the programs, research and opportunities available to students at the Boston University College of Engineering. We invite you to join us for the day on Friday, April 8, 15, and 22, 2016.

Our Open House program is designed for you to join us for a series of events from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm; the afternoon (post 2:00 pm) includes optional programming. The activities of the program are listed below.

Why Come to Spring Open House?

Even if you have visited Boston University previously, attending Spring Open House will give you a more in-depth view of the College of Engineering. Join us to find out what it's like to be a BU Engineering student.

Please register for Spring Open House at If you have questions or comments, feel free to call Dan Goncalves or Jane Lesniewski at
617-353-6447, or email us at

Spring Open House Agenda

College Orientation and Engineering Challenge (9:00 am)

Welcome! This session will begin with Deans, faculty and staff from the College, who will provide information on the common core curriculum, research opportunities, and our special programs.

Students will participate in a hands-on laboratory experience in one of our teaching laboratory facilities. Students will register for one event upon arrival on campus. (10:00 am)

The options include:


Biopotentials are electrical signals produced by the human body as a result of various chemical reactions. During this one-hour activity you will measure two biopotentials, the electrocardiogram (ECG) and the electro-oculogram (EOG) on yourself and your lab partner.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing

An important aspect of engineering is to be able to take creative designs and rapidly form them into manufacturable products. You will become acquainted with some of the high precision, computer controlled automation equipment and manufacturing processes at the Fraunhofer Research Center . You will work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and sophisticated machining equipment, learn how to program it, and see how to actually apply what you learn to engrave the BU logo and your own name on a paper weight, as well as a 3D image. You get to keep the paper weight as a souvenir!

Message Encoding, Digital Communication, and Fiber Optic Cables

Modern communication happens by way of digital (on and off) signals that are sent in patterns to represent voice, text data, and images. The way in which information is constructed in digital form for conveyance is called encoding. Once a message has been encoded, it can be sent in digital form as a light wave (via fiber-optic cable, like “FIOS”), a radio wave (though the atmosphere, like digital broadcast TV or XM satellite radio), or a high-frequency electromagnetic wave (through a coaxial cable, like “Comcast TV”). In this lab, you will work in a small team to first develop your own digital encoding method for graphical images, then attempt to convey an assigned, unknown image between team members using your encoding scheme. All communication will be digital and extend across a large room between team members using fiber optic cables and light-emitting diodes.

Biomedical Image Processing

The students will use a computer application that will model the biomedical imaging process and illustrate the different forms that medical imaging information takes from raw images in image acquisition space, to anatomic images in geometric space, to quantitative images mapping biophysical tissue parameters.

Fly By Wire

One aspect of engineering is innovative design, and nothing motivates innovation like competition. In this one-hour impromptu design competition you will work in teams to design, build, and test a vehicle to propel itself along a wire. The team whose vehicle goes the farthest wins!

Luncheon (11:30 am)

Join our current students, faculty, and staff for lunch in a Boston University Dining Hall - a great opportunity to taste the food of Boston University!

Student Life Presentation (1:00 pm & 2:00pm)

An inside view about student life at Boston University. Hear about the residence halls, student activities, the city of Boston, and much more. Bring your questions!

Lab Tours (1:00pm & 2:00pm)

Visit some of our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Examples of labs you visit may include: the Clean Energy Lab, the Center for Synthetic Biology or the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. Tours are optional and will be available during the afternoon.

Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) Tours (optional: 1:00pm - 3:00pm)

Come tour the recently opened 15,000 square foot facility created for a new generation of Engineers! Watch Dean Lutchen's introduction to EPIC here.

Open Campus (1:00 - 4:00 pm)

During the afternoon, use your campus pass to explore selected student residences, the Fitness & Recreation Center, Mugar Memorial Library, the George Sherman Student Union, Barnes & Noble at BU and take campus tours. More details on all of these offerings will be available at registration the day of the event.

Boston University's Fitness and Recreation Center

Tours of the Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec) will be available throughout the afternoon on each Friday.

Enroll Today!

Have you decided the Boston University College of Engineering is the right school for you? Congratulations! Pay your deposit today.

Additional Information

You can find more information for admitted students, hotel information, and directions to campus on the Admitted Student Website through BU Admissions.

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