Annual Event to Feature Harry Potter, Hunger Games Themes
Did you know you can move so fast you make yourself invisible? What about protecting yourself against a red-hot blowtorch or propelling objects long distances using nothing but pressure or sound waves. Visitors to the UAB School of Engineering interactive open house will have opportunities to do all these things and more.
The annual event, which will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014, will feature students from the school's five departments performing skits and conducting interactive experiments.
Faculty and students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will follow a Hunger Games theme, showing how specially designed materials can protect you from intense heat, or how normally strong materials can shatter in intense cold. Visitors will also learn to weld metals together without using a torch or electricity, and they will be able to cast molten metal into shapes of their choosing.
UAB Engineers were on display at the McWane Center’s Engineering Showcase this week, where science and technology were the stars of the show.
UAB booths were scattered throughout the center, and the crowd, made up largely of children in middle-school or younger, were treated to demonstrations at each booth.
“Events like this can be effective because you’re able to demonstrate some of the most interesting aspects of engineering in a fun and relaxed environment,” says Jason Kirby, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. “Some kids are more receptive when they can see these kinds of hands-on demonstrations than they would be if you were trying to teach the same material in a classroom.”
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Kimberly Greene, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Services, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame on February 15, 2014. The induction is the latest of a long line of honors for Greene, who earned a master's degree in biomedical engineering from UAB prior to beginning her career in the utility industry.
Greene, 47, was recently named executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Company, where she will oversee generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning and research, and environmental affairs.
"Kimberly Greene is an example of an engineering graduate who has creatively applied her training as an engineer to meet challenges in an industry that spans the engineering, science, and business disciplines and risen to a position of considerable responsibility," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "Her accomplishments are an inspiration to our students and her service to our school through advisory board membership for our ASEM program has been of tremendous value and is much appreciated by our faculty."
Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate Ranae Wright won first place out of 22 entries for her work on Testing and Characterization of Bamboo Laminated Structures at the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Open House in Montgomery.
Wright was joined by Ph.D. students Amanee Salaam and Melike Onat, who won second and third-place, respectively, in their categories. Each of the three awards included a $600 prize.