Douglas H. Ross, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2009, successfully defended his dissertation on July 10 to earn a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences.

Ross earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign in 1979. He went on to work a variety of engineering positions in Illinois before relocating to Birmingham and joining UAB in 2002. He earned a master’s degree from UAB in computer science with a specialization in computer graphics in 2007.

In his role as an assistant professor in ME, Ross has primarily focused on freshman-level classes. He taught the computer methods for engineering for several years and has taught the engineering graphics class as part of the FYE since 2008. He has mentored numerous introduction to engineering projects, including the Sumobots competition he introduced this past spring. He also teaches numerical methods, machine design and automated manufacturing.

Ross is also the School of Engineering representative for the UAB QEP of "Learning in a Team Environment".