Engineering students will have opportunities in 2015 to explore the past, present, and future of engineering materials from a global perspective through an intensive three-week course.
The course will be conducted at sites in Germany where participants will see how materials were used over the past several centuries of civilization. In addition, UAB engineering students and their German counterparts will explore other aspects of European culture while earning three hours of engineering course credit.
Students will also receive German language instruction while there and will receive one hour credit for "study abroad German" (GN 190).
"The purpose of this class is to explore how technology influenced the ways societies used materials over time," says Amber Genau, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. "For example, Cologne, Germany was an outpost of the Roman Empire, so when you visit historical sites in Cologne, you can see that they used copper, glass, and iron for different things. What factored into their decisions to choose certain materials?"
In addition to engineering knowledge, Genau says she expects her students to engage their German counterparts with discussions of sustainability, technology, and education. "It was very important for me as an undergraduate to travel abroad and develop a deeper appreciation for other cultures," Genau says. "To me, the exposure to different perspectives is a valuable component to education that often gets overlooked."
The UAB chapter of Tau Beta Pi recently inducted one of its largest cohorts ever with a group of 31 engineering students that included 23 undergraduates and eight graduate students. UAB School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., was also inducted as a member of this year's class as an Eminent Engineer.
Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering honor society and is the only engineering honor society that encompasses the entire profession. The association’s vision is to recognize, celebrate, and champion excellence in engineering. Membership represents the highest honor to be obtained by an engineering student and is awarded on the basis of high scholarship and exemplary character.
The induction ceremony was held at the Edge of Chaos and was sponsored by Southern Nuclear.
Lily Deng, a junior studying biomedical engineering, recently won the award for the best poster in the Business, Engineering, and Computer Science category at the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (NCHC) in Denver, Colorado.
NCHC is professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges; honors directors and deans; and honors faculty, staff, and students.
Deng, who is also a student in the University Honors Program and Early Medical School Acceptance Program, is working on a bone tissue engineering project in the lab of BME associate professor Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D.
Partnership with Southern Research Institute Brings New Opportunities
Technological advances are changing the way medicine is practiced, and the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is at the forefront of that change.
The department recently formed a partnership with Birmingham-based Southern Research Institute to create the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech)—an interdisciplinary collaboration that combines the expertise of both organizations in the effort to design new medical devices that will improve the quality of health care in the United States and around the world.
“This partnership is another step forward for our department as we attempt to move biomedical applications from the laboratory to the hospitals and other health-care environments,” says Timothy Wick, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Partnerships such as this one are accelerating the pace of research commercialization, with the ultimate goal of a better patient experience.”
As an initial step in the partnership, UAB and Southern Research jointly hired Robert Hergenrother, Ph.D., to be the director of AIMTech. Hergenrother, who also is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has led the creation of 15 neurovascular, diagnostic, wound care, and orthopedic medical devices during his career. Eighteen of his inventions have been patented in the U.S.