February 19 1999


LAWRENCE -- If you've ever wondered how a computer turns words into electrons or what your mechanic meant when he said the dyno showed a problem with your car's engine, Engineering Expo '99, Feb. 26 at the University of Kansas, is the event for you.

Visitors will enjoy tours of KU engineering labs, exhibits, activities and displays of student work. Featured speaker is Forrest Hoglund, a KU alumnus and chairman of Enron Oil and Gas Company. All events are free, open to the public and for all ages.

The all-day event, with the theme "Ideas In Motion," begins at 9:30 a.m. with Hoglund's speech in the Lied Center. Hoglund, a Lawrence native, will speak about how his experiences as a KU baseball letterman and as an engineer prepared him to be a leader in the petroleum industry.

Exhibits are open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Learned Hall, 15th St. and Sunnyside Avenue. Exhibits include robotics, computer modeling programs used in engineering, how a computer sends electronic mail, alternative fuel vehicles, automobile engine tests and chemistry shows. Activities include a remote-control car maze, a computer-based carnival-style strongman contest and satellite-based surveying equipment.

Design competitions for high school students are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Learned Hall. Competitions include testing reentry spacecraft vehicles (involving eggs and a second-story window), determining distances with satellite-based surveying equipment, a scavenger hunt on the World Wide Web and testing Rube Goldberg contraptions. The challenge of this year's Rube Goldberg contest, an annual feature of Expo that honors the cartoonist who drew elaborate machines that accomplished simple tasks, is to build a machine that places a golf ball on a golf tee in at least seven steps.

Engineering Expo at KU is the School of Engineering's open house in conjunction with National Engineers Week. It helps elementary through high school students and the community learn about the engineering profession and engineering study at KU.

The KU School of Engineering offers 10 undergraduate degree programs in six disciplines: aerospace, architectural, chemical, civil, computer, computer science, electrical, engineering physics, mechanical and petroleum engineering. KU undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.

Forrest E. Hoglund, featured speaker for Expo and chairman of the board of Enron Oil and Gas Company, has been a leader in the petroleum industry since his career began in the mid-1950s. Hoglund is a Lawrence native and a 1956 University of Kansas graduate with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

While a KU student, Hoglund lettered in baseball and participated in the Army ROTC program, Delta Chi social fraternity and the Omnicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. After graduating, Hoglund served in the United States Army for six months and achieved the rank of second lieutenant.

Hoglund began his career at Exxon Corporation in 1956. He worked in various capacities, including vice president of Esso Middle East and corporate vice president of natural gas and gas liquids, before leaving Exxon in 1977. Prior to his appointment with Enron Oil and Gas in September 1987, Hoglund served as president and CEO of Texas Oil and Gas Corporation, one of the fastest growing independent companies at that time. After a merger with USX Corporation, Hoglund remained president while also serving as director of USX.

Hoglund has supported KU programs including the Chancellors Club, Williams Fund and mechanical engineering. Hoglund and his brother, Barton, a 1955 KU graduate, funded the Barton and Forrest Hoglund Mechanical Engineering Laboratories. Dedicated in September 1991, the labs house robotic arms, computers and materials-testing equipment. The brothers' gift also supports maintenance for laboratory equipment and purchase of up-to-date equipment as needed. Forrest Hoglund and his wife, Sally, endow a graduate fellowship in mechanical engineering.

Hoglund maintains a strong interest in KU's baseball program. In 1986, the Hoglunds gave funds to the KU Endowment Association for the construction of the Hoglund-Maupin Stadium. They continue to fund improvements to the ballpark, now called Hoglund Park.

In 1992, the KU School of Engineering honored Hoglund for distinguished service; in 1996, he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion from the Kansas Alumni Association for service to KU.

Sally Hoglund graduated from KU in 1956. The Hoglunds have three daughters and nine grandchildren. In his free time, Hoglund enjoys tennis, golf, skiing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Story by Tom Hutton, University Relations, (785) 864-8866


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