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Cities of the Future

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Reel Science: Cities of the Future

Aug 8, 6:30-8:30PM | Doors @ 6:15PM

Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies and documentaries to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this series combines the best Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience. 

  • 6:15PM | Doors Open
  • 6:30PM | Documentary: Cities of the Future (42 mins)
  • 7:30PM | Discussion and Q&A with various American Society of Civil Engineers

Tickets: Pay what you can, tickets for this event will be a sliding scale of $0-$15.

ABOUT THE FILM: CITIES OF THE FUTURE | Imagine stepping 50 years into the future and finding smart cities designed to be totally sustainable. Renewable energy is our primary power source, space-based solar power provides solar energy 24 hours a day, everything is recycled, and you travel in individualized pods that run on little or no energy. This isn’t science fiction. Engineers are making plans for a sustainable world right now! Cities of the Future is produced in association with American Society of Civil Engineers.

Duration: 42 minutes | Rating: G


On August 8 meet Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E., F.ASCE. She is the 2024 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has three decades of diverse, increasingly responsible, multi-disciplinary technical and leadership experience, both for private and public entities. Marsia’s history includes the founding of two consulting engineering firms and a construction business. She is one of two regional directors for Lochmueller Group. An ASCE member since 1990, when she joined as a student chapter member, Marsia is the current chair of the Public Policy and Practice Committee. She served on the ASCE Board of Direction from 2016-2019. Her extensive ASCE activities include service on several Society-level committees such as program and finance, leader training, and diversity and women, as well as serving as a mentor. She also led the St. Louis Section as president in 2006.Marsia earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at South Dakota State University and her master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus on geotechnical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. She remains actively involved with both universities. She is currently serving on the Selection Committee for the new dean of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, and she is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy at Missouri S&T. Marsia is a licensed professional engineer in several states and is a fellow in ASCE.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will food be available for purchase?

Yes, the Empirical Cafe will be open with prepackaged salads, sandwiches and movie snacks. The bar will be open to guests that are 21+. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Do I have to pay for parking?

OMSI has a new parking system via the mobile parking app, Parking Kitty, to create an easier and more streamlined experience for our visitors. Parking is $2 + fees for after-hours events. We recommend you download the app prior to your arrival at OMSI. You can also pay via their website at www.parkingkitty.com.

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