Open House

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. This year our Class of 2022 Open House dates are Friday, April 6, 13, and 20, 2018.

Our Open House program is designed for accepted freshmen 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.

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 Trisha Mah or Dan Tyburski at (617) 353-6447 or email us at

Spring 2018 Program

Dean’s Welcome & Orientation
This session will describe the College of Engineering and our philosophy, the curriculum, and academic programs and opportunities, including study abroad. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period with Engineering faculty.

We will break at 10:15am, when students will be escorted to the Engineering Challenges. Families will reconnect at lunch.

Engineering Challenges
Students will be escorted to a hands-on laboratory experience in one of our teaching laboratory facilities. Each activity is different, but corresponds to principles relating to one of our engineering programs. Students will register for one event upon arrival to campus.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Optical spectroscopy is the measurement of the relative intensities of the different colors (wavelengths) of light. You will learn how light interacts with tissue, and about measuring an optical spectrum, which is a graph of the wavelengths of light. Using a simple flashlight and a computer-controlled optical spectrometer, your challenge will be to show how the optical spectrum of the hemoglobin in blood (yours!) differs when it has more oxygen vs less oxygen. (Don’t worry: no blood will be drawn! The measurements will be done using light, the spectrometer and your finger.)

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!
Join engineering faculty and student Dean’s Hosts for lunch in the Warren Towers Dining Hall, the largest residence hall on campus. Come experience what our Dining Service has to offer!
Engineering Lab Tours
1:00pm & 2:00pm
The College of Engineering is home to more than sixty state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories. Tours will start at 1:00pm & 2:00pm.

All lab tours will visit EPIC (Engineering Product Innovation Center)

Student Life Panel
1:00pm & 2:00pm
An inside view about student life at Boston University. Trisha Mah, Academic Counselor, will moderate this undergraduate panel. During this session, College of Engineering students will share their experiences including academics, housing options, campus activities, and life beyond the classroom. Come find out what it’s like to be an engineering student at Boston University. The Panel will also include a welcome from the Dean Of Students Office.
Open Campus Afternoon
Explore your campus! We want you to experience what it’s really like to be a student at BU. We invite you to used your campus pass this afternoon to explore a number of resources on campus.

  • BU Fitness & Recreation Center: Enjoy a guided tour of the premierBU Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec). Tours will depart from FitRec every 15 minutes.
  • Residence Hall Visit: Visit any of the following residence halls this afternoon: Warren Towers, West Campus, Student Village 2, and Bay State Road. You may enter the halls with your Terrier ID.
  • Campus Tours: Join us at the Leventhal Admissions Center for a 45-minute walking tour. Tours depart at 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, and 3:00pm.
  • George Sherman Union: Visit the central student hangout where you’ll find a food court, student entertainment-hub BU Central, the Dean of Students Office, the Community Service Center, and more!
  • Mugar Memorial Library: BU’s main student library includes rare books and papers from Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also the location of our state-of-the-art computing center and a walk-in IT Help Center.
  • ROTC
  • Educational Resource Center
  • BU Barnes & Noble

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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