Alexander replaces Linda Lucas, Ph.D., who served as the school’s dean from 2000-11, until she was named interim provost and then ultimately, in 2012, provost of UAB. Melinda Lalor, Ph.D., had served as interim dean. Alexander will be the sixth dean in the history of the School of Engineering.
UAB’s School of Engineering and the Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center are working with the City of Vestavia and Gresham, Smith and Partners to develop and construct an innovative pedestrian bridge that will cross over U.S. Highway 31.
Christopher Waldron, Ph.D., assistant professor of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, recently presented nine structure options to the Vestavia City Council for a sustainable bridge that would connect parking at Wald Park on the west side of Highway 31 with the newly constructed library on the east side.
“Our primary role is to help bring some innovative ideas to the project,” Waldron says. “We’re definitely trying to do some type of structure alternative that has not been done in Alabama.”
Dr. Dean Sicking, a highly acclaimed engineer who helped revolutionize safety in auto racing, says the race is on at several universities across the country to design a football helmet that will dramatically reduce brain injuries at every level of the sport.
Sicking says the current design of football helmets can be improved greatly with proper testing, along with state-of-the-art materials and engineering standards.
So who is Dr. Sicking and why should we believe him? Sicking, who works at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is a nationally recognized engineering professor.
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