Everything seemed normal at the mall Sunday afternoon, except in one corner. That's where a half-dozen robots ran wild in the Riverchase Galleria.
The robots -- wheeled contraptions built out of plywood and sheet metal -- and their designers were practicing for the upcoming Blazer BEST Robotics competition, in which teams of high school students will race against each other with their remote-controlled creations. Blazer BEST is the Birmingham hub for the national BEST Robotics program, which stands for Boosting Engineering Science and Technology.
UAB senior goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski was selected as the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for Men's Soccer. Woszczynski played in the net to lift the Blazers to a season-opening, 2-1 victory over Clemson this past Saturday. He faced a total of nine shots (four on goal) and made three saves, all of which were diving stops. The win came in front of 3,141 fans -the most ever to watch a regular season game at West Campus Field.
Brian Mareno of Helena, a senior in the UAB School of Engineering, is the recipient of the Bruce Tucker Memorial Scholarship from the Mississippi Valley branch of the Associated General Contractors of America. The award is given annually to undergraduates with outstanding academic achievements and an interest in the construction area of civil engineering.
“Brian Mareno has achieved the highest aggregate score from all the applicants of the four-year programs,” says Greg Ford, chair of the Bruce Tucker Memorial Scholarship Trust. “He has a great GPA and put a lot of effort into making quality grades in a hard field of study.
Mareno, 24, is the first UAB student to win this scholarship. He has worked full-time in the construction industry since 2005 and is scheduled to graduate May 2012.
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