The scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and offers intensive overseas study in 13 critical-need foreign languages.
The CLS is highly selective; only 10 percent of applicants each year are selected for the award. Thompson is the 15th UAB student to win the CLS since 2007. Thompson, a civil engineering major, will spend nine weeks this summer participating in an intensive language institute in Hikone, Japan. She plans to integrate her studies into her career in civil engineering.
Robert W. Peters, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, recently received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
With more than three decades of involvement with the AIChE Environmental Division, Peters was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the award “for distinguished service to the Environmental Division of AIChE as Executive Committee Chair and Secretary; for leadership and guidance to industry on hazardous waste issues; and for initiatives on hazardous waste programming on behalf of the Environmental Division.”
His nomination references those leadership positions within AIChE, while also acknowledging his longstanding dedication to the division’s student program and his editorship of the journal Environmental Progress.
“This is a much deserved honor for Dr. Peters, whose work in environmental engineering has long been recognized among his peers throughout the country,” says Department Chair Fouad Fouad, Ph.D. "This prestigious distinction is a point of pride to the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.”
The UAB School of Engineering will host its first Leader to Leader Series on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The event will feature Anthony Fasano, PE, founder of Powerful Purpose Associates in Ridgeway, New Jersey, and bestselling author of Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career. The seminar will begin at 6pm at the Alys Stephens Center, with a networking reception immediately following.
Whether just beginning or well established, attendees will receive valuable insights for developing skills and competencies in the areas that will be essential to unlocking their highest potential and achieving their goals. Attendees will also receive a certificate for 1 professional-development hour (PDH) toward satisfying PDH requirements in their professions.
Anthony received a B.S. in civil engineering from Lafayette College and Columbia University, respectively. He also received a coaching certificate from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. He has been profiled in newspapers and magazines from the Wall Street Journal to the Bergen Record to the New York Professional Engineer.
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This spring, the School of Engineering Dean’s Office will fill two key positions with a pair of familiar faces.
Kim Hazelwood, a former program manager in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been hired to replace longtime SOE financial officer Jason McCrory, who retired at the first of the year. Additionally, Desland Robinson, the school’s liaison with UAB Career Services since June, will remain in that role as the School of Engineering’s first director of career services officer.
“I am very pleased to announce these additions to our staff,” says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “Both of these positions are crucial to the day-to-day operations of the school and to its long term mission. We are very lucky to have this opportunity to bring in two employees who are not only excellent at what they do but are already familiar with the school and its long- and short-term goals. They will both be able to immediately hit the ground running.”