The School of Engineering hosted a reception at the Alys Stephens Center on April 22 to honor Murat M. Tanik, Ph.D., and Uday Vaidya, Ph.D., both of whom received honors from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees earlier this year.
Tanik, the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named the Wallace R. Bunn Endowed Chair of Telecommunications.
Vaidya, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Materials Processing and Applications Development Center, was named a Distinguished Professor of Engineering.
"Our school is very lucky to have such distinguished men in leadership positions," said SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., prior to presenting each man with a plaque containing the Board of Trustees resolution. "I am very proud to officially recognize them with these honors."
Tanik was joined at the reception by Ann Bunn, the widow of Wallace Bunn, whom the endowed chair was named for, as well as Leah Rawls Atkins, co-author of a biography on Bunn.
To view more photos from the event, visit the School of Engineering's flickr page by clicking here.
EGR 200 Students' Designs Compete in Robot Sumo Competition
The Lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex will be the site of a robot battle royale this week, as engineering students pit their specially designed robots against each other in the sumo ring.
The robots, known in competition as sumobots, were built by teams of students as part of the EGR 200 and EGR 111 (honors section) classes. Each team had five weeks to plan, design, and build the robots.
"This project requires students to apply the engineering knowledge they have gained in class, as well as utilize the tools that are available to them in the engineering design lab," says engineering professor Rosalia Scripa, Ph.D. "So while they are learning basic engineering skills, they also are gaining experience with 3-D printing and programming that are on the cutting edge of engineering technology."
United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be on hand this week when UAB and MAX unveil a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell bus. The innovative and environmentally friendly bus, which will operate on MAX's downtown routes, is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and produces no tailpipe emissions.
With only a few such buses operating in the world, Birmingham will be home to the only hydrogen fuel cell bus and fueling station in the Southeast. The results of this demonstration will be used to guide designs and deployments of future fuel-cell bus fleets and ultimately automobile applications.
Foxx is scheduled to board the bus on Wednesday, April 16, to tour several Birmingham landmarks. He will speak briefly at the MAX intermodal site at 2 p.m. The intermodal site is located on Morris Avenue between 16th Street and 19th Street.
A project designed as part of the BME Capstone Design Course was awarded the Student da Vinci Award last week at the 2014 da Vinci Special Awards Gala at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
The winning team included BME students Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. Their project, the Toyrota, is a powered mobility device currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood.
Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations.