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February 23, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Whether it's trying to predict the motion of foam using advanced math, investigating aircraft accidents or using computers to compose music, professors at Southern Methodist University are finding innovative methods to change the world we live in.

A group of Southern Methodist University professors will give presentations at The Science Place in Fair Park as part of a special 50th anniversary celebration of National Engineers Week to be held March 7-9.

The presentations, covering new and exciting aspects of modern technology, will be held daily from 1-4 p.m. in the Lucent Technologies Laser Lab, a state-of-the-art enhanced classroom space designed to promote technology for student audiences. The lectures are geared for students in grades 9-12 and are free with regular admission to The Science Place: $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children ages 3-12.

SMU professors and their lecture topics include Paul Packman ("Aircraft Accident and Disaster Investigation"), Yildirim Hürmüzlü ("Can You Really Feel Virtual Objects?"), José Lage ("Taking Your Breath Away: A Journey Towards a Mechanical Lung"), John Easton ("Careers in Environmental Engineering and Science: What is their Nature?"), Scott Douglas ("The World of Electronic and Digital Musical Instruments"), Lorton Trent ("Offroad Racing with Mini Baja®"), Eli Olinick ("Management Science Careers: Are You Ready?"), Geoffrey Orsak ("The Infinity Project"), Milton Gosney ("Human Power Generator" and "Hair Dryer in the Bathtub"), Robert Frank ("Engineering Sound: Composing Music with Computers"), David Matula ("Is a Computer Start-up in Your Future?"), David Sedman ("Video Out of the Tube"), Fred Olness ("From Imagination to Discovery") and Doug Reinelt ("Mathematical Modeling of Foam").

In addition to the presentations, the celebration at The Science Place will include an engineering job expo and exhibits by corporate sponsors such as Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Texas Instruments. Lockheed Martin will provide opportunities for visitors to try out their new Nova-Logic F-16 and F-22 flight simulator games and Texas Instruments will unveil its new "I am the Future" campaign designed to lead new generations into the future of digital and analog technologies.

The three-day celebration, underwritten by IBM, will complement Engineer It! -- a hands-on water, structures and wind exhibit sponsored locally by Alcatel.

For more information on Engineers Week events at The Science Place, call The Science Place at 214-428-5555 or visit their Web site at