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.
Mostafa Salama, Ph.D. student and research assistant in the Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory (VREL), has had quite a start to 2014. This spring, Salama was recognized as a recipient of UAB International Graduate Student (Doctoral) Academic Excellence Award, the UAB National Alumni Society License to Learn Scholarship, and the UAB Caroline and Charles W. Ireland International Student Scholarship. All this comes after he received the UAB Volker International Scholarship in 2013.
Salama is pursuing a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering while serving as a supervisor of the VREL, where he developed more than 10 lab manuals for Mechanical Systems, Introduction to Mechatronics, and Introduction to LabVIEW courses. In addition, he serves as a teaching assistant in the following courses: Mechanical System Lab, Kinematic and Dynamic of Machines, Vehicle Dynamics, System Modeling and Controls. He is also a session organizer for the upcoming IMECE conference in Railroad and Off-road Systems Dynamics.
Enabling Technology Laboratory Unleashes "Vulcan's Fury" at Second Annual Light Dreams Festival
Alys Stephens Center was wrapped in fabric and turned into a giant projection screen for the second annual Light Dreams festival, a free celebration of art, music, dance, light—and engineering.On May 8, 9, and 10, the west exterior wall of the
This year's festival featured an interactive game designed by the School of Engineering’s Enabling Technology Laboratory. “We will have a 3D interactive game that we will be running, called 'Vulcan's Fury,'” said Corey Shum, the laboratory's technical director, in an interview with al.com prior to the event. “Everybody in the audience can go to a web page on their phones, and they'll get an avatar. They can tell that character to move left or right. Everybody can be up on the wall at the same time.”
A team of UAB mechanical and materials engineering students will compete this weekend in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston, Texas.
The team, made up of Nick Iannuzzi, Brandon Caterinichia, Shaylin Gehring, and John Herring designed and built a gasoline-powered, fuel-efficient vehicle as their senior design project. The car will compete against other cars built by college teams from North and South America.
“The competition consists of 10 laps around a track, for a total of six miles,” says Caterinichia. “You have to finish the laps to qualify, and at the end, they measure the fuel you have left. We expect to finish the race with our car getting at least 100 miles per gallon.”
The car will be the the first at this competition to have a carbon-fiber frame, an innovation the group came up with to make the car more lightweight. That innovation, however, presented certain challenges the group had to overcome to complete the project.