Media invitation - Open house at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

    See Professor Martel's famous Nanorobotics Laboratory, discover the
    mysterious Photocello and learn about Québec's first undergraduate
    program in biomedical engineering

    MONTREAL, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Media representatives are invited to
Polytechnique's annual open house, Journée Portes ouvertes, this Sunday,
November 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    See, hear and film the astonishing Photocello, the first fibre-optic
musical instrument in the world. While you're there, take a moment to learn
about the school's various engineering programs, including the new
undergraduate program in biomedical engineering - a first in Québec! - slated
to join the curriculum in fall 2008.
    Also on the agenda: guided tours of the school's research laboratories,
where tomorrow's technologies are being designed and tested. These include the
famous Nanorobotics Laboratory led by Professor Sylvain Martel, where
researchers have succeeded in propelling a wireless microdevice through a
living artery using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Such
groundbreaking research is opening the door to new, less invasive and more
targeted surgeries, such as delivering medication to specific tumour sites.
    The students who have triumphantly returned from the Panasonic World
Solar Challenge, a competition that took them across Australia on board a
vehicle powered entirely by solar energy, will also be on hand to answer any
    What's more, there will be scientific demonstrations for the whole
family, the return of the popular "LAN party" (a multiplayer computer game),
some 30 information booths covering every aspect of studies at Polytechnique,
both on campus or abroad, information on internships and integration
initiatives - all of it in the colourful surroundings of the Lassonde
buildings, the first university buildings in Québec and Canada to obtain LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) "gold" certification from the
U.S. Green Building Council.


    WHAT      Journée Portes ouvertes at Ecole Polytechnique

    WHEN      Sunday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    WHERE     Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
              Claudette-MacKay-Lassonde building
              (access via 2900 Edouard-Montpetit Blvd.)
              Université de Montréal metro station

For further information:

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