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Ingenuity @ KU exhibition opens Sept. 8 in Haricombe Gallery

Friday, August 26, 2016

The University of Kansas Libraries, in partnership with the School of Engineering, will host an exhibition in Watson Library’s Haricombe Gallery. “INGENUITY @ KU: 125 years of engineering innovation, education and engagement” showcases history, scholarship, creative work and notable milestones since the School of Engineering’s inception 125 years ago.

“The School of Engineering is known for its interdisciplinary and collaborative nature within the university and beyond” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ community engagement librarian and exhibits program coordinator. “The INGENUITY @ KU exhibition highlights that spirit of working together. KU Libraries have been working closely with faculty, staff and students from the school and are honored to join their 125th anniversary celebration with this display of engineering scholarship and creative work.”

The exhibit highlights the history and leadership of the School of Engineering; publications and patents produced by faculty, alumni and students; the engaged work of students on campus and around the world and, finally, the School’s long history of prioritizing diversity. 

“We are honored that KU Libraries chose to partner with engineering for this exhibit. Our faculty, alumni and students have made significant contributions to the university and the engineering profession over the past 125 years, and this display at the Haricombe Gallery is a wonderful introduction to our successes and achievements during that time,” said Michael Branicky, dean of Engineering.

The opening reception, held in Watson Library Third Floor West on September 8, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a presentation, “Engineering and Astronomy Unite to Change Our Understanding of the Universe” by Dr. Steve Hawley, KU director of engineering physics and former NASA astronaut, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Jennifer Muse by September 5 at 785-864-8691 or

In addition to the reception and presentation, the Physics and Engineering Student Organization will display its musical Tesla Coils, and the Jayhawk Motorsports Student Organization will showcase one of its handbuilt race cars. These items will be on display on the Watson Lawn from 5:15-5:45 p.m. the evening of the opening reception on September 8.

“The libraries work diligently and collaboratively to tell the KU story by raising the profile of invaluable research across campus,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries. “We are delighted to work with the School of Engineering to showcase its historic evolution.”

The exhibition in the Haricombe Gallery will be open to the public through January 12, 2017.

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