Barry Andrews Retires after 38 Years at UAB
|At top, Barry Andrews (left) is seen with current dean Iwan Alexander at a reception in Andrews' honor. At bottom, Andrews (right) is pictured with Jim Woodward, the school's second dean, in a 1981 photo provided by UAB Archives.|
Barry Andrews came home to UAB in 1976, and for the next 38 years he was content to stay there; but just because he was home, that's not to say he was idle.
With more than 40 total years as a student and faculty member in the School of Engineering, Andrews retired as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the beginning of this month, capping a distinguished career that spans almost the entire history of UAB.
"It is unusual for a school to keep a faculty member for that length of time, particularly when the faculty member is as accomplished and respected in his field as Barry Andrews," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "I first met Barry when I was working in Huntsville and he was working on research with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center. When I came to UAB years later as dean, it was a big advantage for me to have someone with the history and institutional knowledge that he has."
Vaidya Named Chair of Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Students present their final project in UAB’s innovative Business Engineering Design Course, a course inwhich business and engineering students work in teams to design groundbreaking, marketable solutions to technical, real-world problems.UAB's new entrepreneurship program—a joint effort between the School of Engineering and the School of Business—was one of the key factors cited in a recent piece from a national media outlet on Birmingham's economic resurgence.
During a recent trip to New York City, UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D. and Birmingham Mayor William Bell sat down with Joe Deaux of TheStreet—a leading digital financial media company that focuses on financial markets, industry trends, investment, and financial planning. The result is a three-minute video that details the city's improving employment rate, growing personal per capita income, and an entrepreneurial environment.
In discussing those things Deaux cited the entrepreneurship program, which pairs teams of engineering students with business students to not ony design and build a senior design project but also to develop a marketing strategy for introducing the product to the marketplace. It is these novel approaches, Deaux says, that help to "make innovation part of the university's DNA."
SOE Helping Organize NATO Advanced Study Institute this Summer
UAB is partnering with Coventry University and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology to host the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI)—an international event focused on advanced autonomous vehicle design for severe environments. The event will be held in Coventry, U.K., this July.
"UAB initiated this event as a way to bring together well-established researchers to share their knowledge with a new generation of young researchers," says Vladimir Vantsevich, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering at UAB and co-director of the institute. "This is a great opportunity for researchers to collaborate with one another, particularly for the students or recent graduates who will be moving the research forward in the near future."
For full details or to register for the event, click on the link below.