Partnership with Southern Research Institute Brings New Opportunities
Technological advances are changing the way medicine is practiced, and the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is at the forefront of that change.
The department recently formed a partnership with Birmingham-based Southern Research Institute to create the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech)—an interdisciplinary collaboration that combines the expertise of both organizations in the effort to design new medical devices that will improve the quality of health care in the United States and around the world.
“This partnership is another step forward for our department as we attempt to move biomedical applications from the laboratory to the hospitals and other health-care environments,” says Timothy Wick, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Partnerships such as this one are accelerating the pace of research commercialization, with the ultimate goal of a better patient experience.”
As an initial step in the partnership, UAB and Southern Research jointly hired Robert Hergenrother, Ph.D., to be the director of AIMTech. Hergenrother, who also is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has led the creation of 15 neurovascular, diagnostic, wound care, and orthopedic medical devices during his career. Eighteen of his inventions have been patented in the U.S.
Virginia P. Sisiopiku, Ph.D., was recently named Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Sisiopiku, an associate professor of transportation engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, is the first female ITE member in the State of Alabama to hold this professional distinction.
Founded in 1930, ITE is a professional association of transportation engineers with more than 17,000 members worldwide who contribute individually and collectively toward meeting society's needs for safe and efficient surface transportation. ITE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select ITE members whose exceptional professional accomplishments are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Selection criteria include evidence of significant professional stature, demonstrated substantial contribution to the transportation engineering profession, and five references from ITE fellows.
Grant C. Alexander, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was selected as a finalist for the Featheringill Young Investigator Award at the 2014 Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center Symposium.
Alexander was one of three finalist invited to give a presentation at the symposium earlier in October. His presentation was on the "Prohealing Multifunctional Endothelium Nanomatrix Coated Stents."
The UAB student chapter of the American Foundry Society hosted an Open Foundry Day on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The event was held in the metals lab in the UAB Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center. The center's entrance is located near the corner of 12th Street South and Fifth Avenue South.
"This was an opportunity for visitors to get a look at how metal castings are made and to create their own designs," says Amber Genau, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering and advisor to the UAB AFS chapter. "Each attendee made a personalized mold, and we poured metal to create a cast. Not only did everyone get a unique keepsake you can take home, but we hope they learned a little bit about the science of metals casting as well."