Students, parents, cheerleaders, hundreds of mall shoppers, and of course, robots.
Blazer BEST Mall Day at the Riverchase Galleria on Sunday, exposed the best of Blazer BEST to tremendous crowds, as students from 32 local teams met over a three-hour period to test their robots on the 2015 BEST game floor for the first time.
The teams now have two weeks to correct any issues they found before Blazer BEST Game Day on October 10.
The 32 teams are the most ever for Blazer BEST, which will utitlize two playing fields simultaneously for the first time in the event's eight-year history.
Blazer BEST is free to participating schools.
In order to continue to provide the event at no charge, the School of Engineering has launched a crowdfunding effort in hopes that alumni and former BEST participants will help support this important outreach event.
Georgia Power announced this week that three-time School of Engineering graduate Mark Berry, Ph.D., has been named vice president of Environmental Affairs.
Berry earned a bachelor’s in mathematics from Alabama A&M University before shifting his focus to engineering. He earned a bachelor’s (1997) and a master’s (2000) degree in mechanical engineering before going on to get his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering in 2013.
"Mark is especially well-suited to his new role, because he thoroughly understands the technical, regulatory, and business aspects of environmental issues," says Peter Walsh, Ph.D., a research professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who mentored Berry. "He is able to identify approaches that provide optimum benefit to all of the stakeholders."
For his Ph.D. dissertation, Berry studied the effectiveness of calcium bromide injection for mercury emission control on a 700 megawatt power boiler. He demonstrated that this was a cost-effective technology for compliance with proposed mercury emission standards having potential annual savings of millions of dollars on a unit of that size. “The most impressive part is that he was able to demonstrate the technology in the field,” Walsh said. "It is much easier to evaluate a process in the laboratory than to prove its effectiveness at full scale."
ME Senior Receives Unique Scholarship from USS Little Rock Association
When Alfred King joined the crew of the USS Little Rock in 1945, he couldn’t have anticipated how his service might impact his family 70 years later.
Earlier this month, a representative from the USS Little Rock Association presented King’s granddaughter, Lauren Symmes, with a $1,000 Descendant Scholarship during a reception at the School of Engineering.
The USS Little Rock Association provides two scholarships to third- and fourth-year students who are descendants of association veteran members. Symmes’ grandfather, now deceased, was an Association life member after serving as a crewmember on the Little Rock from 1945-47.
Sagar Kaushik, a 2015 graduate of the School of Engineering, was awarded a 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Graduate Design and Research Award for his work studying treatments of exposed dental pulp tissue.
The award comes with a $400 travel stipend and an opportunity to present his research at the BMES Conference in Tampa, Florida, on October 9.
“We are very proud of Sagar for receiving this prestigious award,” said Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who mentored Kaushik along with Kyounga Cheon, D.M.D. an instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “As far as I know, this is the first time a UAB student has received a BMES research award.”
Kaushik is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the UAB School of Public Health, but he continues to do research in Jun’s lab. He received the award for his abstract, “Evaluation of Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole Encapsulated Injectable Self-Assembled Biomimetic Nanomatrix Gel on Enterococcus Faecalis and Treponema Denticola.”
That abstract describes the development of a biomimetic nanomatrix gel that is intended to minimize the clinical limitations of existing treatments while maximizing a natural healing process of root canal infection.
Read more about Kaushik's research at The Mix, UAB's research blog.