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Release: Nov. 7, 2001

Biomedical engineers hold Nov. 8 egg-drop event

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 150 biomedical engineering undergraduate students at the University of Iowa are scheduled to participate in an egg-drop event at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the atrium (near the south entrance) of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

Khalid Kader, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, says that the egg-drop event is a tradition at many engineering schools and an activity the students wanted to initiate at the UI College of Engineering. At the event, teams of six students each will design protective bundles, consisting of masking tape, plastic bags, rubber bands, paper and other materials, to protect raw eggs from breaking as they are dropped from a height of more than 20 feet to a concrete floor.

Kader says that the goal of the activity is to give students a chance to use engineering principles in a fun activity and a chance to be successful, no matter how unusual their design. "The stranger, the better," he says, "as long as they work."