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.
Jamieson Matthews, a fourth-year student in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, was recently named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering–College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their academic success, volunteerism, and dedication to making a positive impact on society through their chosen profession.
"Interning and job shadowing has deepened my understanding of the role of civil engineers in society," says Matthews. "I am excited to start a career in a field where hard work comes to fruition right in front of you. I know it will be rewarding."
Biomedical engineering student Forrest Satterfield is one of two UAB freshman chosen to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at Arizona State University in March. CGI U was launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Each year, CGI U brings together 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to address challenges with practical, innovative solutions. To be considered for the annual meeting, each student must develop a commitment to action, which is a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing local or global challenge in one of five categories: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
Satterfield, who is from Huntsville, wrote his commitment to action for the public health category. He intends to create a universal and inexpensive system of actuators to be used in prostheses and orthotics.
Are some people predisposed to enjoy exercise while others are destined to struggle? The answer could be buried deep within a person’s genetic makeup.
For the past two years, engineering students have been among the more than 1,600 UAB students participating in a groundbreaking study that seeks to determine how a person’s genetic makeup could alter the body’s response to exercise and diet interventions.
A team of interdisciplinary scientists from UAB is spearheading the TIGER (Training Interventions & Genetics of Exercise Response) Study, a five-year project that is investigating the influence of variation in DNA sequence on body fat and fitness.
Participating students are tested before and after participating in a 30-week exercise program. The study is one of the few of its kind in the United States.
Researchers will be visiting select engineering classes this spring to recruit subjects for the study. If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to learn more, visit www.tigerstudy.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 975-7651.