On March 28, more than 100 people attended the NIH Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering (CVTE) Workshop and Symposium, an event hosted by the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering. The symposium was part of the NIH National Blood, Heart, and Lung Institute's Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium (PCBC) and featured information on the field’s latest techniques and cutting-edge research.
“Seven years ago, many of the things we are discussing today were not possible,” said BME Department Chair Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., in his opening remarks. “It is very exciting to look at the levels of knowledge and expertise here today and imagine where we might be seven years from now.”
21 UAB students participating in the Clinton Global Initiative University from April 1-3 at the University of California, Berkeley. The two BME students are working on two different interdisciplinary projects, but both seek to address common health concerns.Biomedical engineering students Guarav Agrawal and Gerardo Hernandez-Moreno are among
Agrawal , a junior from Mobile, is working on a team that includes Christlin Ponraj, a graduate student in biotechnology, and Angelin Ponraj, a sophomore in biomedical sciences. The team is seeking a simple, private way to alert Alabama residents about their risk for diabetes. Their project will use a color indication change in toilet water to make users aware of a potential diabetes diagnosis and the need to seek further testing and treatment.
Hernandez-Moreno, a junior from Pelham, and JaVarus Humphries, a junior majoring in neuroscience, plan to develop a network of unbiased medical professionals to offer a safe place for inner-city youth to learn about sexual health and disease. They hope their Spreading Awareness project will challenge the stigmatization of sexual education.
In celebration of the School of Engineering's 45th anniversary, alumni and friends gathered at the close of Engineers Week to honor "45 Engineers Making a Difference."
The honorees were selected from nominees that spanned a wide range of career choices and ages--from high acheiving recent graduates to alumni with decades of notable service in their fields. "When I look around the room, one thing that strikes me is the diversity of the group being honored here tonight," said SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., in his remarks at the banquet. "I think it's indicative of who we are as a school and as a university that people from all different backgrounds and areas of interest are able to find a place here and an environment that provides them the tools they need to achieve their very best. And those of you who are honored tonight are certainly evidence of that."
|Southern Company COO Kim Greene and SOE Dean Iwan Alexander present scholarships to Eric Bearrs (top) and Stephen Kelly (bottom).|
School of Engineering alumni working at Southern Company recently convened at the Alabama Power headquarters to recognize Southern Company and Alabama Power co-op scholarship recipients. The scholarships were made possible by a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding campaign last summer, in which alumni raised nearly $5,000—exceeding their goal by more than 40 percent.
The scholarship recipients recognized at the Alabama Power luncheon included Stephen Kelley, who is serving his co-op term in research and technology management, and Eric Bearss, who is working in the Alabama Power environmental affairs field services group.