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."
Senior biomedical engineering student Ophelia Johnson was recently named a Tau Beta Pi Scholar for 2014-2015. Johnson, who was also recently named a Goldwater Scholar, is one of 242 students selected from across the nation for the honor. Also honored by Tau Beta Pi was Brandon J. Trip, a 2014 UAB graduate from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, who was named a Tau Beta Pi Fellow. Trip is one of just 25 people selected to receive that honor.
"Having our students selected for prestigous awards such as these is a point of pride for everyone in the School of Engineering," says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "It is evidence of the high quality of students we have here, as well as the tremendous focus and effort these individuals put forth to distinguish themselves. Well done."