The lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex was abuzz with activity during the 2015 Senior Design Media Day. For more images from the event, visit the School of Engineering Flickr page.
The projects on display were designed and built by interdisciplinary teams from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering over the fall and spring semesters.
Many of the teams worked with local companies to devise solutions to current industry problems.
Once again, our students have done an excellent job during the past two semesters designing and fabricating systems and devices," says Hessam Taherian, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department Mechanical Engineering. "Many of these projects attempt to solve engineering problems industries face, while others tested to prove viability of innovative concepts."
Seventeen students from the UAB Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) recently competed in several events at SoutheastCon 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The event is the annual tehncial, professional, and student conference for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 3.
Among the competitive events at SoutheastCon were a hardware competition in which a robot built as part of the ECE Senior Design project competed against robots from other schools. Teams of ECE student previously competed at the school level for the right to represent UAB at the conference.
Their robot must be built to fit within specific size constraints, and it must be able to navigate a game board while performing specific tasks. In the Senior Design competition at UAB, for example, the robots were required to pick up a deck of cards, and spell "IEEE" on an Etch-a-Sketch, among other tasks.
In addition to the hardware portion of the competition, students are also competing in Ethics, Software, T-Shirt Design, and Web sites.
Blazer fans had more than one reason to be proud of UAB during the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Senior biomedical engineering student Ophelia Johnson appeared in a TV spot that began airing during the opening weekend of March Madness. She was joined by fellow BME student Ananya Bandyopadhyay, who is featured in another commercial that began airing earlier this week. You can view both of the videos below, or click here to see all of the latest UAB television spots.
This summer, select engineering classes will be among the first in the nation to experiment with Intel’s Galileo Gen 2 Risk Processor—a new multi-core network stack specifically designed for makers, students, and educators.
Intel donated 25 of the devices, which are valued at $100 apiece, to Abidin Yildirim, Ph.D., director of the Signal Processing and Embedded Systems Laboratory in the School of Engineering. Yildirim says he plans to use the devices to teach an embedded systems course for students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as for a graduate course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“This device provides us with a fully open-source hardware and software development environment, so it is very versatile and will allow us to pursue many different functions,” says Yildirim. “The biomedical students will use the device to develop some medical applications, while the graduate students in ECE will be able to explore some more sophisticated development projects. After the semester, we will evaluate the experience and I will provide Intel with feedback on the device.”
The arrangement with Intel is similar to one initiated last fall, when National Instruments donated several of its myRio devices to Vladimir Vantsevich, Ph.D., in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.