Students, faculty and staff with big ideas have a new outlet at the university’s student-run MakerSpace in Sterne Library. The tech-packed operation, spearheaded by a group of undergraduate entrepreneurs, officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in a highly trafficked location on the library’s main level. It currently offers five 3-D printers and two built-in computer 3-D scanners. Students can draw on a healthy collection of prototyping kits from Arduino and other maker manufacturers as well.
For more than two months in the fall, five University of Alabama at Birmingham students found out what it is like to manage a large-scale fundraising campaign for a major nonprofit organization.
For nearly a decade, UAB has worked with the United Way of Central Alabama to provide free help through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Eligible families and individuals earn less than $54,000 per year. In Birmingham, the median earned income for VITA clients is $21,000.
The Bridge to Success Project, a program established by the Academic and Small Business Alliance (ASBA), selects Collat School of Business students to intern with small and Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs) in order to establish mutually beneficial relationships that will allow DBEs to build capacity for UAB supplier opportunities, students to get hands-on experiences and UAB to partner with the underserved community.