UAB's MPAD Partners with Company to Design and Build Automotive Parts
Rassini, a Mexican industrial company engaged in the design and manufacturing of suspension and brake components for the automotive industry, has partnered with the UAB Center for Materials Processing and Application Development (MPAD) for the research, development, and innovative use of composite materials in vehicle design. The collaborative effort is dedicated to engineering a thermoplastic suspension system fully recyclable for its entire lifecycle. The success of this effort could ensure automakers are provided with eco-friendly technology embracing the new paradigm in design, from cradle to cradle.
The three-year agreement provides students from the School of Engineering opportunities to closely examine and study the applications for thermoplastic fiber-reinforced polymer in a vehicle’s suspension system with access to accredited professionals. Specifically, the program focuses on designing and creating reference models, methodologies, and tools for rapid product innovation and realization for leaf springs in the light truck market.
“Besides the productive synergy of industry ‘pull’ and the technology push from UAB researchers, this opportunity gives our students exposure to the professionals at Rassini and affords them a unique opportunity of solving current industry-related problems in a fast-paced, real-world situation,” said Brian Pillay, Ph.D, associate professor and director of UAB’s Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center. “The experience they will receive will be invaluable as they prepare for their careers in engineering.”
“This is an excellent example of how the School of Engineering faculty is striving to meet UAB's strategic goals,” said Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of UAB School of Engineering.
|Above, Blaze welcomes the teams into the arena. Below, a Mountain Brook student checks the board as time expires on her round. To view more photos from this year's event, click here.|
More than 700 middle and high school students competed on two playing fields Saturday at the 2015 Blazer BEST Game Day event, which was the culmination of six weeks of hard work for 30 Birmingham-area teams.
Five of those teams--Spain Park, Oak Mountain, Homewood High School, Homewood Middle School, and Evangel Home School--will advance to South's BEST, which will be held at Auburn University in December.
Saturday's event was the largest in the history of Blazer BEST, an annual event sponsored by the School of Engineering since 2007. In order to cover the cost of the recent growth of the event, the School of Engineering has launched a crowdfunding effort, which will continue for two more weeks.
“We believe strongly in the skills this event teaches and the values it helps instill in the students who participate,” says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “Our hope is that people in the community also recognize that value and will help support our efforts to make this a world-class experience.”
Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering was appointed to the T. Michael and Gillian Goodrich Endowed Chair of Engineering Leadership earlier this month by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.
The chair was established by the Goodrich family in 2008 as an extension of a gift agreement already in place since 2002 that supported a variety of research and education initiatives across UAB. The intention of the endowed chair was to enhance the mission of the School of Engineering through the recruitment and retention of faculty who are able to make a significant and valuable contribution to the university and to the advancement of engineering research and education.
Zhang, who took over as department chair on October 1, will have the opportunity to shape the identity of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which was recreated as a joint department between the UAB Schools of Engineering and Medicine in February 2014.
More than 200 people filled the UAB Alumni House on Thursday, October 1 to learn from experts from around the world on matters concerning urban sustainability and development at the 2015 Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium.
The symposium, organized by the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, is an annual event that focuses on the innovations—such as big data, renewable energy and smart mobility—being used to help make Birmingham and other cities around the world smarter, safer and more livable.
In opening remarks, center director Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D., who is also chair of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, celebrated UAB’s collaborations with the city and called Birmingham’s new bike-share program “a big step forward for sustainability.”
Landscape architect Thomas Woltz, who was named Design Innovator of the Year for 2013 by the Wall Street Journal, was the event’s keynote speaker. Woltz designed a block-long park and plaza to adjoin Alabama Power Company’s Powell Avenue Steam Plant redevelopment near Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham. He said on Thursday that the new plaza should evoke the Magic City’s geology, rich history and industrial heritage. “I hope this is a place where you can come with your children and tell stories about what you are as a city,” he said.