Biomedical engineering student Brittney Coleman is one of two UAB students to be awarded the UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Scholarship for 2015.
The UNCF Merck Science Scholarships provides up to $30,000 in financial support, mentoring, and the opportunity to intern at a Merck Facility over the summer. Approximately 15 awards are given each year to students throughout the nation.
"This is a significant accomplishment," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander. "The fact that we've had winners in consecutive years is a testament to the high quality of work being done by our students and faculty."
Coleman's award follows on the heels of those won by fellow BME students Ophelia Johnson and Donovan White--both of whom were named UNCF Merck Fellows in 2014.
The two winners this year marks the fourth time UAB has had multiple UNCF Merck Winners. The university has had 14 winners since 2008.
Coleman is a biomedical engineering major and Science and Technology Honors student who researches in the lab of Brian Sims, M.D., in UAB’s Department of Pediatrics. She is joined by fellow recipient Oluwagbegmiga Larindea, a neuroscience major and Sci-Tech Honors student. UAB chemistry major Solomon Gibson has been designated an alternate for the award.
School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., and Enabling Technology Lab Director Corey Shum were among the speakers at Friday's 2015 Bevill Neuroscience Symposium.
The event, held at the UAB Alumni House, featured many of the nation's leading figures in biomedical engineering, and focused on the interface between machines and the human brain.
"The brain-machine interface represents a frontier at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering," said Alexander. "We are beginning to understand how to capture fundamental processes in the brain to stimulate electrical and mechanical responses in devices and machines. These advances point to a future rich in discovery that will yield exciting applications ranging from physical rehabilitation to thought-activated mechanical and electrical devices."
SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., met with more than 80 alumni on Monday at a luncheon in the Alabama Power Auditorium, where he introduced a new partnership between the School of Engineering and Southern Company.
The Southern Company-UAB Alumni Network is an initiative aimed at increasing co-op and employment opportunities at Southern Company for UAB students and graduates. “The School of Engineering has always had a close relationship at Southern Company, and we currently have around 45 of our students participating in co-ops here,” Alexander said at the luncheon. “These co-ops are not only extremely important to the education our students receive, they often lead to full-time employment opportunities for our graduates. In addition, we hope a network of UAB alumni within Southern Company will lead to more active engagement with the school.”
As part of the partnership, the School of Engineering has created a scholarship that will go specifically to fund students who are participating in co-ops with the Southern Company.
Two faculty members in the School of Engineering recently received high honors.
Dale Callahan, Ph.D., was named the 2015 IEEE Region 3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator, and Christopher Waldron, Ph.D., received the 2015 Presidential Teaching Award in the School of Engineering. Callahan was honored for his work in establishing the school’s Information Engineering and Management (IEM) Program.
Callahan is the fourth faculty member from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to receive the award. Previous winners are David Conner, Ph.D. (1990), David Green (1997), and Gregg Vaughn, Ph.D. (1999).
Callahan will formally be presented with the 2015 award at IEEE’s annual regional conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in April.
Waldron, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, consistently receives very high scores in his IDEA evaluations, teaches a range of courses, and is recognized by faculty for how well-prepared his students are for advanced courses. He is chosen by many students as their senior design mentor, and he is actively engaged with professional and student engineering organizations.