More than 300 people attended the third annual Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium on Thursday, hearing from a wide range of speakers about the latest in urban sustainability and development.
This year's symposium, presented by the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, featured an international panel of speakers, including keynote speaker Barbara McCann, director of the Office of Safety, Energy & Environment for the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. In her address on "Complete Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks," McCann explained how a sustained commitment can lead to safer neighborhoods and improved opportunities for economic development. "It is a simple commitment in the beginning, but it can be much harder to actually implement those plans and sustain progress," McCann said. "But when you get that broad commitment on various levels, these communities will begin to transform, and they begin to measure success in different ways."
The symposium began with welcomes from UAB Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D. and Birmingham Mayor William Bell. "I am proud of the fact that the city of Birmingham is taking an active role in this process to work with you to come up with best practices to improve our quality of life," said Bell. "It makes no difference how much research you do unless you can apply it to practical, everyday living. It is my responsibility to take the research you come up with and integrate it seamlessly into the planning arena within the city so you will have sustainable projects going on every day."
Barry Andrews Retires after 38 Years at UAB
|At top, Barry Andrews (left) is seen with current dean Iwan Alexander at a reception in Andrews' honor. At bottom, Andrews (right) is pictured with Jim Woodward, the school's second dean, in a 1981 photo provided by UAB Archives.|
Barry Andrews came home to UAB in 1976, and for the next 38 years he was content to stay there; but just because he was home, that's not to say he was idle.
With more than 40 total years as a student and faculty member in the School of Engineering, Andrews retired as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the beginning of this month, capping a distinguished career that spans almost the entire history of UAB.
"It is unusual for a school to keep a faculty member for that length of time, particularly when the faculty member is as accomplished and respected in his field as Barry Andrews," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "I first met Barry when I was working in Huntsville and he was working on research with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center. When I came to UAB years later as dean, it was a big advantage for me to have someone with the history and institutional knowledge that he has."
Vaidya Named Chair of Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Students present their final project in UAB’s innovative Business Engineering Design Course, a course inwhich business and engineering students work in teams to design groundbreaking, marketable solutions to technical, real-world problems.UAB's new entrepreneurship program—a joint effort between the School of Engineering and the School of Business—was one of the key factors cited in a recent piece from a national media outlet on Birmingham's economic resurgence.
During a recent trip to New York City, UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D. and Birmingham Mayor William Bell sat down with Joe Deaux of TheStreet—a leading digital financial media company that focuses on financial markets, industry trends, investment, and financial planning. The result is a three-minute video that details the city's improving employment rate, growing personal per capita income, and an entrepreneurial environment.
In discussing those things Deaux cited the entrepreneurship program, which pairs teams of engineering students with business students to not ony design and build a senior design project but also to develop a marketing strategy for introducing the product to the marketplace. It is these novel approaches, Deaux says, that help to "make innovation part of the university's DNA."
SOE Helping Organize NATO Advanced Study Institute this Summer
UAB is partnering with Coventry University and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology to host the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI)—an international event focused on advanced autonomous vehicle design for severe environments. The event will be held in Coventry, U.K., this July.
"UAB initiated this event as a way to bring together well-established researchers to share their knowledge with a new generation of young researchers," says Vladimir Vantsevich, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering at UAB and co-director of the institute. "This is a great opportunity for researchers to collaborate with one another, particularly for the students or recent graduates who will be moving the research forward in the near future."
For full details or to register for the event, click on the link below.