March 22, 2007

Tomorrow’s Scientists and Engineers Think Green

DALLAS (SMU) –– Hundreds of young scientists and engineers will gather this weekend at two SMU-sponsored events to tackle some of their generation’s biggest challenges, including the environment, energy and transportation.

Visioneering 2007: Cities of the Future will bring together more than 600 Dallas-area middle school students, educators, practicing engineers and innovators on Saturday, March 24, at SMU’s Moody Coliseum to focus on natural resources and celebrate the ways that engineering makes a difference in the world around us.

Also on Saturday, the 50th Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair will bring more than 800 Dallas-area junior high and high school students to the Automobile Building in Fair Park. Presented by SMU, one of the region’s largest science fairs for the first time includes the categories of environmental analysis, environmental management, energy and transportation. The fair is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Visioneering 2007 students will be asked to incorporate green features into their designs for cities of the future,” said Tammy L. Richards, assistant dean for the SMU School of Engineering. “This year’s challenge was inspired by our new Embrey Engineering Building, one of the first academic buildings in the country to be constructed to LEED Gold Standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). We want to show middle schoolers that engineering is about innovation, creativity and teamwork.”

Sponsored by SMU’s Institute for Engineering Education and the School of Engineering,

EPA environmental engineer Patricia Taylor will give the keynote address at Visioneering, a technology expo and a design competition, in which students and engineers will work in teams to create green technologies for cities of the future. Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, National Instruments, Turner Construction, Raytheon and Lopez Garcia Group are co-sponsors of the event, which is in its seventh year.

In its 50th year, the Science and Engineering Fair has seen changes in topics and technology, said Fred Olness, co-director of the Science and Engineering Fair and professor and chair of the SMU Physics Department, “but the underlying scientific method and learning process is still the same as in 1957.”

Learn more about Visioneering 2007 at and about the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair at

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