The UAB student chapter of the American Foundry Society hosted an Open Foundry Day on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The event was held in the metals lab in the UAB Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center. The center's entrance is located near the corner of 12th Street South and Fifth Avenue South.
"This was an opportunity for visitors to get a look at how metal castings are made and to create their own designs," says Amber Genau, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering and advisor to the UAB AFS chapter. "Each attendee made a personalized mold, and we poured metal to create a cast. Not only did everyone get a unique keepsake you can take home, but we hope they learned a little bit about the science of metals casting as well."
Senior biomedical engineering student Ophelia Johnson was recently named a Tau Beta Pi Scholar for 2014-2015. Johnson, who was also recently named a Goldwater Scholar, is one of 242 students selected from across the nation for the honor. Also honored by Tau Beta Pi was Brandon J. Trip, a 2014 UAB graduate from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, who was named a Tau Beta Pi Fellow. Trip is one of just 25 people selected to receive that honor.
"Having our students selected for prestigous awards such as these is a point of pride for everyone in the School of Engineering," says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "It is evidence of the high quality of students we have here, as well as the tremendous focus and effort these individuals put forth to distinguish themselves. Well done."
Just over a month ago, Birmingham start-up Motus Motorcycles roared into the record books when two of its production models broke speed records at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in Utah. This month, the company is opening its doors to UAB students and guests for a tour of its factory, which is located in Birmingham’s Lakeview District, just a few blocks from the UAB campus.
The tour, sponsored by the UAB chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, will be held Thursday, October 16, at 10 a.m.
“This is a local start-up company that has already proven itself on the world stage, and it’s right in our back yard,” said ASME Chair Blake Feltman. “This will be a great opportunity for engineering students or anyone who is interested in motorcycles to get an inside look at their production process.”
A pair of School of Engineering alumni was honored at this year’s National Alumni Society (NAS) Alumni Leadership Recognition and Awards Luncheon. Donald Burke III, Ph.D., was named Outstanding Young Alumnus for the year, while Doug Rigney, Ph.D. received the NAS’s highest award, the Honorary Life Membership Award.
Rigney received his bachelor of science degree in general engineering in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering in 1985 from UAB. He went on to earn his master’s degree (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) from UAB in biomedical engineering. He joined the SOE faculty in 1989 and retired earlier this year as UAB’s interim vice president for information technology.
Burke received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2005 and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering in 2013. He is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the SOE and is associate director in the UAB Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Program.