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College of Engineering

Expand your possibilities
The College of Engineering is celebrating its 93rd open house. Explore displays, presentations and competitions in Durland, Fiedler, Rathbone, Seaton, and Ward halls.

Parade and opening ceremonies
Parade floats for each department, skits and the crowning of St. Patrick and St. Patricia kick off engineering’s open house beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday outside the north entrance of Rathbone Hall. 

Student displays
Browse our student showcases as they demonstrate what they’ve learned in the classroom, on design teams and working on research projects. Displays — including research on building “green,” and design projects for urban aquaculture — demonstrate how our students are expanding their possibilities and designing for the future. 

Phase IV expansion
Learn more about the College of Engineering’s expansion and how it ties into the University Engineering Initiative Act and K-State 2025 in Rathbone Hall. 

Interactive department displays
Participate in a fountain wars competition, build a toolbox, join in simulations and more at interactive department displays throughout Durland, Fiedler, Rathbone, Seaton, and Ward halls

Industrial displays
Talk to representatives from engineering companies — including BNSF Railway, ExxonMobil, Union Pacific and GE Aviation — and learn how their work affects the world. 

Interactive design team displays
Watch as students from each of the department design teams demonstrate the capabilities of their quarter-scale tractor, mechatronic robots, Formula One and Baja race cars, chemical-powered vehicles, fountains, concrete canoe, steel bridge, and unmanned aerial planes. 

Steel Bridge Team
Visit Fiedler Hall to see our steel bridge student design team and learn about the team’s quest to attend nationals for the 11th straight year! 

Robotics Team
See the 2014 K-State competition robot in action as it completes a challenge. See for yourself how this completely computer-controlled robot functions in Fiedler Hall. 

Powercat Motorsports Formula SAE Team
See the 2014 formula car designed by K-State students and take a turn on our racing simulator in Fiedler Hall. 

Chem-E Car Team
The Chemical Engineering Car Team develops small vehicles controlled by chemical reactions. Demonstrations will run throughout the day in Durland Hall. 

Sign in to computer science
Engage in interactive displays and learn about how computer science shapes the world around us in Fiedler Library.

Pancake feed
Join biological and agricultural engineering students and faculty for a Saturday morning pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 142 Seaton Hall. Cost does apply. 

Whip’n around campus
Watch mechanical engineering students and faculty race bicycles powered by grass trimmer motors. Drag races, a maximum speed challenge and lap races will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the road between Rathbone and Seaton Halls. 

Calling all kids
Build a toolbox with construction science and management students in Seaton Hall. 

Get your hands dirty
Make your own silly putty with chemical engineering students in Durland Hall. 

How strong are you
Compete in the strongest person challenge with industrial engineering students in Durland Hall.

Splashin’ with fountain wars
Join the Fountain Wars Environmental Design Team outdoors on the west side of Seaton Hall in a fountain-powered game. 

Nuclear reactor tours
See the TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor glow blue and visit with nuclear engineering students about the research capabilities in Ward Hall. 

Live purple, build green
Construction students and graduates design for the future with eco-friendly materials and practices. Learn more in Seaton Hall. 

By the hour 


1 to 3:30 p.m.
Self-guided tours of displays in Seaton, Durland, Rathbone, Fiedler and Ward halls

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Parade, opening ceremonies and crowning of St. Patrick and St. Patricia outside the north entrance ofRathbone Hall. 


7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pancake feed in 142 Seaton Hall. Cost does apply. 

9 a.m.
Balsa bridge building high school competition in Fiedler Auditorium. 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student, department, design team and industrial displays throughout Seaton, Durland, Rathbone, Fiedler and Ward halls.

Noon to 1 p.m. 
Electrical and computer engineering robotics competition. Paslay Auditorium, 1073 Rathbone.