Thirty-Day Fundraising Effort Starts July 14
The UAB School of Engineering and Southern Company have a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship. Each year, dozens of UAB undergraduates participate in co-ops and internships with the company, gaining valuable experience to supplement their engineering education and often using the experience as the first step toward a career with the company.
This week, UAB is launching a new crowdfunding campaign to strengthen that relationship even further by establishing the Southern Company Co-op Scholarship.
Over the next 30 days, UAB graduates currently working at or retired from Southern Company will attempt to raise $3,000 to fund scholarships for co-op participants from the School of Engineering.
“These scholarships mean so much, because they take some of the financial burden off of the students and allow them to focus on getting the most out of their education, rather than worry about how it will be funded ,” says current co-op student Katie Sheibley. “This will not only alleviate some of that financial burden, it will also provide an opportunity that really adds value to the educational experience.”
"This is the beginning of something that I hope will continue to benefit students long after our time at UAB," adds fellow co-op student Stephen Kelley. "It obviously benefits the students who receive financial assistance, but I believe it also benefits Southern Company by helping recruit the top engineering students to the company."
The scholarship will support UAB engineering students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are currently completing a co-op or internship at Southern Company.
myocardial bioenergetics, biomaterial and stem cells for cardiac repair, has been named the chair of the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering.Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., a national leader in
Zhang will come to UAB from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he’s the Engdahl Family Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Regenerative Therapies and professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering. He was chosen to lead the BME Department—a joint department between the Schools of Engineering and Medicine—after a national search.
“With a strong background in both engineering and medicine, Dr. Zhang is the ideal person to lead the Department of Biomedical Engineering into this new era of collaboration,” says Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. “We are very excited about the potential he brings to open new avenues for research for our engineering faculty and students, as well as for his vision to continue to grow the department as a world-class center for BME education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
Zhang will succeed longtime department chair Timothy M. Wick, Ph.D., who stepped down last year to accept a role as Senior Associate Dean in the School of Engineering. He will officially join UAB on Oct. 1, 2015.
“I am very excited for this bold opportunity at UAB,” Zhang said. “The University is innovative in its establishment of the department as a joint venture between the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. Pairing a top academic medical center and a successful School of Engineering creates the potential for impactful discovery, both for the field of biomedical engineering and in population health to benefit Alabama and its citizens.”
Abidin Yildirim, Ph.D., Director of Outreach for the School of Engineering, was a guest on Talk of Alabama, where he discussed the upcoming Eureka! summer camp to be held at the School of Engineering. The camp, organized by Girls Inc. of Birmingham, is intended for seventh- and eighth-grade girls, who will participate in hands-on activities related to science, technology, and math.
This fall, the School of Engineering will offer two new master's degree programs in its ongoing efforts to produce the highly skilled graduates who will meet current and future workplace needs.
The Design and Commercialization Master's Program is a first-of-its-kind at UAB program that will offer a Master of Engineering in Design and Commercialization as well as a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the UAB Collat School of Business. The Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering Program, meanwhile, will offer an online curriculum modeled on the School of Engineering's successful Construction Engineering Management (CEM) Program.