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.
From her first visit to UAB as a high school sophomore, Rachael Thompson was hooked. “I absolutely loved it — a campus in the middle of the city, with the chance to get plugged into that city in a way that I always wanted to be,” said the senior civil engineering major from Fort Payne, Alabama. “I visited other schools, but never felt the same connection.”
As director of involvement for the student-led UAB Green Initiative, Thompson has helped organize a campus farmers’ market and boost recycling efforts. During an internship with the nonprofit Alabama Environmental Council, she mapped solar installations statewide. “I have a passion to make cities more livable,” said Thompson, who is also a member of the UAB Honors College.
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Now Thompson is part of an ambitious research project that could help guide the university’s development for years to come. She is working with Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D., a transportation expert and associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, to create a “database of information to understand how people move in and out of UAB,” she explained. The first step was a campuswide survey of UAB commuters’ patterns and preferences in early November. It generated more than 10,000 responses, telling Sisiopiku and Thompson how students, faculty and staff get to and around campus and why. For instance, respondents were asked whether safety and other factors played a role in their choice of travel mode.