Outreach

In addition to research, SMSL also works with the surrounding community, including the Children's Museum of Houston, middle and high schools, as well as a community college and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to broaden the impact of our findings in research and education. Our outreach activities benefit more than 600,000 people per year.

On-Site Demonstrations
Smart material demos developed by SMSL have been actively used for demonstration to the college's visitors, including visiting K-12 students and teachers, as shown by the following photos.
Claudio, a graduate student in SMSL, demonstrates the shape memory alloy experiments to Pearland High School students.
Visit Local High Schools
Through visiting local high schools, the smart materials technology reaches hundreds of students and motivates them to pursue engineering and science related studies in college.
Mr. Haichang Gu, a Ph.D. student, visited Channel View High School, a local school in Houston area, and demonstrated smart materials technology to students.
Partner with Children's Museum of Houston
Dr. Song is a volunteer technical advisor to Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH). Motivated by demonstrations in the Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory and under guidance by Dr. Song, CMH has developed several...
Recruit Minority Students
The Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory has been often used as a tour site for visiting high school students, including minorities, to attract them to study engineering.
Dr. Song is demonstrating the smart vibration platform to a visiting student and his family.
Encourage Girls to Study Engineering
An NSF Sponsored Experiment Benefits Local High School Female Students at University of Houston Metal can change its shape upon heating and fluids can almost turn into solid when exposed to a magnetic field. More...
Mr. Claudio Olmi, a graduate student advised by Professor Song, demonstrating the smart vibration platform to high school girls at University of Houston.
Training of Professors from Undergraduate Universities
The PI, Dr. Song, secured two supplementary Research Opportunity Award (ROA) under the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program in both 2004 and 2005. The goal of the ROA supplementary award is to...
Provide Training in Smart Materials and Structures for Community College Faculty & Students
Graduate students in Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory work with Mr. Ike Coffman, instructor and Chairman of Electronics Technology at ACC (Alvin Community College), on a smart materials project funded by...
Graduate students in SMSL work with Mr. Ike Coffman.
An NSF Project Developed by University of Houston Benefits Students at University of South Alabama
With a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) (NSF Grant No. 0442991), Dr. Song, an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Houston, developed a smart vibrating beam by utilizing the...
Mechanical Engineering students at University of South Alabama are observing the resonant vibration of the smart flexible beam during an in-classroom demonstration performed by Dr. Song of University of Houston.