Enabling Technology Laboratory Unleashes "Vulcan's Fury" at Second Annual Light Dreams Festival
Alys Stephens Center was wrapped in fabric and turned into a giant projection screen for the second annual Light Dreams festival, a free celebration of art, music, dance, light—and engineering.On May 8, 9, and 10, the west exterior wall of the
This year's festival featured an interactive game designed by the School of Engineering’s Enabling Technology Laboratory. “We will have a 3D interactive game that we will be running, called 'Vulcan's Fury,'” said Corey Shum, the laboratory's technical director, in an interview with al.com prior to the event. “Everybody in the audience can go to a web page on their phones, and they'll get an avatar. They can tell that character to move left or right. Everybody can be up on the wall at the same time.”
A team of UAB mechanical and materials engineering students will compete this weekend in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston, Texas.
The team, made up of Nick Iannuzzi, Brandon Caterinichia, Shaylin Gehring, and John Herring designed and built a gasoline-powered, fuel-efficient vehicle as their senior design project. The car will compete against other cars built by college teams from North and South America.
“The competition consists of 10 laps around a track, for a total of six miles,” says Caterinichia. “You have to finish the laps to qualify, and at the end, they measure the fuel you have left. We expect to finish the race with our car getting at least 100 miles per gallon.”
The car will be the the first at this competition to have a carbon-fiber frame, an innovation the group came up with to make the car more lightweight. That innovation, however, presented certain challenges the group had to overcome to complete the project.
Engineering students Ahmed Arabi Hassen and Nicolas Willis from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Hanyu Zhang from the Department of Biomedical Engineering were all recently awarded Caroline P. Ireland Research Travel Scholarships.
These scholarships are awarded annually to UAB students who must travel to out-of-state locations to get access to library materials, to study at out-of-state research sites, or to learn new research techniques required to complete their research projects.
The School of Engineering hosted a reception at the Alys Stephens Center on April 22 to honor Murat M. Tanik, Ph.D., and Uday Vaidya, Ph.D., both of whom received honors from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees earlier this year.
Tanik, the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named the Wallace R. Bunn Endowed Chair of Telecommunications.
Vaidya, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Materials Processing and Applications Development Center, was named a Distinguished Professor of Engineering.
"Our school is very lucky to have such distinguished men in leadership positions," said SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., prior to presenting each man with a plaque containing the Board of Trustees resolution. "I am very proud to officially recognize them with these honors."
Tanik was joined at the reception by Ann Bunn, the widow of Wallace Bunn, whom the endowed chair was named for, as well as Leah Rawls Atkins, co-author of a biography on Bunn.
To view more photos from the event, visit the School of Engineering's flickr page by clicking here.