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Applying old technology to cutting-edge science

Applying old technology to cutting-edge science

Vinoy Thomas Tissue engineering is a transformative branch of regenerative medicine —a cutting-edge field that has the potential to revolutionize the future of healthcare.

A team of researchers in the UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering hopes to accelerate the pace of that high-tech research through the application of a decades-old process—one that has roots in centuries-old technology.

Vinoy Thomas, Ph.D., an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, says that a process known as “wet-lay process for nonwovens,” which formerly has been utilized by textile and paper industries, can be used to create scaffolds for tissue engineering. His team’s research, recently published in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, shows several advantages over other fibrous mesh-making technologies currently in use.

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Civil Engineering major earns prestigious scholarship

Civil Engineering major earns prestigious scholarship

Birmingham native and rising sophomore Mariam Massoud has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Scholarship.

Each year, the US-UK Fulbright Commission supports up to 60 undergraduate students in the United States to undertake demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the United Kingdom.

Massoud is a civil engineering major in the UAB School of Engineering and a student in the UAB Honors College pursuing a personalized path. She will attend the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity, a three-week academic and cultural program for U.S. students hosted by the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde.

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BME Department ranks 4th in NIH funding

For the second year in a row, the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department in the School of Medicine and School of Engineering, ranked fourth in the nation in the amount of funding it received from the National Institutes of Health.

The BME department brought in $4,859,502 in NIH grant funding in 2017, up more than $500,000 from the previous year. The increase was due in large part to a pair of substantial grants that went to department chair Jianyi ‘Jay’ Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., and vice chair and professor Gangjian ‘GQ’ Qin, M.D.

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Sicking receives motorsports safety award

Sicking receives motorsports safety award

The SAFER Barrier has been saving lives for more than a decade at NASCAR and IndyCar circuits across the United States, as well as in the European circuit. On April 11, SAE International honored the team that created the Steel Foam Energy Reduction Barriers with the 2017 SAE John Melvin Motorsports Safety Award, which includes Dean Sicking, Ph.D.

Sicking, a leading figure in highway safety research for more than 30 years, has led a research team at the UAB School of Engineering since 2012.

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