Students Will Engineer a Self-Sufficient, Solar Powered Home on Campus
Many dream of a future when homes will be competely self-sufficient, powered by renewable energy. At UAB, that future is here.
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. UAB, in partnership with the University of Alabama, Huntsville and Calhoun Community College, is one of 16 collegiate teams selected to participate in the event. UAB’s team will be made up of students from a variety of disciplines across the university who will be working on the house over the next two years. During that time, the team will design, construct and test their house before reassembling it at the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition site in October 2017.A team of students, faculty, and staff are already laying the groundwork for a solar-powered house that will be built on campus over the coming months as part of the 2017
Hessam Taherian, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering will advise the students on the engineering portion of the project. Taherian previously advised a group of students at a Canadian university for the 2009 Decathlon.
“The U.S., and particularly Alabama, lags behind the rest of the world in the number of net-zero energy buildings built,” said Taherian. “By searching for innovative ways of harnessing and conserving energy, UAB students will have opportunities to develop technology that will be customized to meet the particular challenges of the local environment — from seasonal heat and humidity to surprise tornadoes and thunderstorms.”
Two people from the School of Engineering—one faculty member and one student—recently received 2016 President’s Diversity Awards from UAB President Ray Watts, M.D., at a ceremony at the UAB National Alumni House.
SOE Director of Outreach Abidin Yildirim, Ph.D., and biomedical engineering undergraduate student Sarah Owens were each recognized for their years of efforts within the local community.
The UAB School of Engineering rose to a ranking of 33 in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best online graduate programs for 2016. The ranking reflects a jump from last year, when the online program was tied for number 40 in the same ranking.
“As a relatively young school, we have worked hard over the years to increase our name recognition among the more established engineering schools,” says Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. “This ranking reflects the commitment we have made in recent years to be leaders in shaping engineering education for the 21st century.”
The ranking is based on four tracks UAB offers in its all-online master of engineering (MEng) degree program:
- Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM)
- Construction Engineering Management (CEM)
- Information Engineering Management (IEM)
- Civil Structural Engineering (CSE)
A fifth track—a MEng in Sustainable Smart Cities—is being offered for the first time in the spring semester but was not online at the time the program was rated.
2016 will mark the 45th anniversary of the UAB School of Engineering, and in honor of that milestone, the school will recognize "45 Engineers Making a Difference" from its first 45 graduating classes.
If you know an SOE graduate who has made a significant impact on their field, their community, or in the lives of coworkers and peers, please submit the nomination form found on this page, along with the additional materials outlined below.
To nominate an alumnus for the award please e-mail, fax or mail a letter of nomination, nomination form and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae to the school. The letter of nomination should address the criteria stated below. We prefer that materials be submitted electronically; however printed materials will be accepted. For nomination forms submitted electronically, the e-mail subject line should read “UAB SOE ENGINEERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE_NOMINEE’S NAME.” Faxed or mailed applications should be addressed to UAB SOE ENGINEERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE NOMINATION COMMITTEE. The school’s mailing address and fax number can be found at the bottom of this page. A confirmation e-mail, fax or letter will be sent to the nominator to confirm receipt of the nomination materials.
Nomination Deadline: Nominations must be received by Sunday, January 31, 2016.