Alan Mulally, president of Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems, will be the keynote speaker at the Kansas University Engineering Expo, KU officials announced Monday.
The lecture will begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Kansas Union Ballroom and will open the annual engineering fair, sponsored by KU engineering students. The event is held in conjunction with National Engineering Week.
The talk is free to the public.
Mulally, 52, is a Lawrence native who graduated from KU in 1968 with a bachelor's degree and in 1969 with a master's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. In his position at Boeing in Seattle, Mulally is responsible for the company's defense customers and its government and commercial space customers.
Mulally, who in 1994 received the engineering school's Distinguished Engineering Service award, will speak about the opportunities he has found through his engineering education.
Exhibits will reflect the theme for this year's expo, "Some Assembly Required." The exhibits will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday only, in Learned Hall. Engineering Expo also will offer 10 design competitions for high school students. All events are free to the public.
The high school design competitions will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Learned Hall. Contests include designing a World Wide Web home page, building the loudest gong from recycled materials, building bridges from pasta or Popsicle sticks, constructing and flying a rubber-band glider, and constructing and operating a Rube Goldberg device.
Other exhibits and activities:
- "The Cyber Cafe," a sound and lighting system for a club, and "The Shocking Truth," displays of a Tesla coil, Jacob's ladder, superconductor and fiber optics.
- Demonstrations of engineering computer programs, of robotics and of testing equipment used in engineering, such as a shock tube, noise buster, concrete cruncher and wind tunnels.
- Activities for visitors, including a quicksand pit; a Lego bridge-building room, where designs will be judged on appearance, strength and cost; a miniature wind tunnel, where people may construct small airplanes and test them; and computer-simulated Formula One race-car driving.