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Schedule of Events

10:00am - 10:05am

Learn more about the Dean of the College of Engineering, Rudy Buchheit, here.

10:05am - 10:10am

E-Day Live! Will be streaming on this page, and on our YouTube page.

10:10am - 10:30am

Presented by Lexmark a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services that help customers save time and money.

10:30am - 10:45am

Need an extra helping hand?  Then let's create one! Join Lockheed Martin SOF GLSS as they demonstrate robotic arm capabilities and present the engineering behind their 3D printed robotic arm.

Presented by Lockheed Martin a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

10:45am - 11:00am

Presented by the Society of Women Engineers, which is a professional organization dedicated to stimulating women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life, and demonstrating the value of diversity.

11:00am - 11:15am

We will use principles of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and materials engineering to make a "pill" out of household foods. We will use different substances to make different layers of coating around a piece of candy and then observe how these different layers degrade in liquids over time. This experiment can be applied to the making of medications. We can see how different material compositions might be chosen for medications for different specific uses.

Presented by Interdisciplinary Engineering Outreach, a student organization that focuses on K-12 outreach, teaching students the importance of interdisciplinary communication, aiding them in choosing the best major for their interest, and discussing the expectations in university life.

11:15am - 11:30am

We will be exploring fluids with varying densities and learn the difference between density and mass in an exciting demo!

Presented by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, which strives to build a community for chemical engineering students.

11:30am - 11:45am

Explore how your fingers bend and move with a simple science exhibit! Using recyclable materials, we built a hand model showcasing how joints in your hand control the movement of your fingers.

To participate in this demonstration you will need the following materials:

  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Thick paper or thin cardboard
  • Tape
  • Five large beads
  • String or yarn
  • Two straws (compostable if possible)

You can view directions for this activity here.

Presented by the UK Biomedical Engineering Society, which engages in outreach and public service activities, including demonstrations at public schools, judging science fairs, tutoring and building with Habitat for Humanity.

11:45am - 12:00pm

This demonstration will explore why issues such as climate change and urbanization, get ignored for long periods of time and the resources required to resolve them.

Presented by the University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Student Branch.

12:00pm - 12:15pm

This project combines multiple engineering disciplines and showcases the creativity of engineering.

Presented by the National Society of Black Engineers, one of the largest student-run organizations in the U.S. with a mission to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers, a professional organization that aims to advance civil engineering and to serve the public good. Our chapter at the University of Kentucky works with the local Bluegrass Branch as well as the ASCE National to provide students with information and opportunities to develop Civil Engineering Leaders.

About E-Day

On May 26, 1921, the University of Kentucky held its first Engineers’ Day open house. The university dismissed classes at noon to allow students and people from the surrounding area to tour the college and see its equipment in action. E-Day at the University of Kentucky has become a tradition that grows stronger every year.

Approximately 3,000 people attend the on-campus event, which takes place at the end of Engineers’ Week in February. George Washington, whose birthday is February 22, was an engineer who surveyed, invented tools for his farm and supported the advancement of engineers. Thus, Engineers’ Week is always celebrated during the week of his birthday.

“Countless students have told me through the years that their first exposure to engineering occurred at UK's E-Day.” – Thomas Lester, dean of the UK College of Engineering for 22 years.

E-Day is sponsored by a coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to promoting math and science literacy and ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.


E-Day comes at the end of the national Engineer's Week, which is organized by Discover Engineering.

30 years ago, DiscoverE was the first organization to recognize the need for engineering outreach when it called on engineers around the U.S. to work with young students for Engineers Week 1990. Since then tens of thousands of engineers have participated as role models and provided hands-on engineering experiences to millions of students. Their dual mission of celebrating the accomplishments of engineers and engaging K-12 students in engineering is made real by a robust coalition of activist partner organizations, volunteers, and educators.


Have questions?

Contact our Director of Marketing and Communications, Derrick Meads at derrick.meads@uky.edu or 859-257-8863.