Science & Technology

ASPIRE Research Center Hosts Successful Open House

By Matilyn Mortensen |

ASPIRE, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, hosted its first public open house for all ages on May 19, 2022 at Utah State University's Electric Vehicle Roadway.

Last month over 400 people attended a community open house showcasing the future of electrified transportation.

The Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) Research Center hosted the open house as a follow-up to a Science Unwrapped talk given by engineering professor and ASPIRE director Regan Zane. The goal of the event was to help people learn more about the work of ASPIRE and to encourage pre-college students to study electrical engineering.

“On what turned out to be a somewhat cool and windy evening, we were thrilled to see such a great turnout for the open house,” said Tallis Blalack, the managing director of ASPIRE. “The kids loved riding in the electric bus, seeing Spot the robotic dog, and engaging with the many activities. What we loved was seeing the kids' interest in becoming an engineer double over the course of the evening.”


Matilyn Mortensen
Public Relations Specialist
College of Engineering


Regan Zane
Sant Endowed Professor, ASPIRE Center Director
Electrical and Computer Engineering


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