Kimberly Greene, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Services, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame on February 15, 2014. The induction is the latest of a long line of honors for Greene, who earned a master's degree in biomedical engineering from UAB prior to beginning her career in the utility industry.
Greene, 47, was recently named executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Company, where she will oversee generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning and research, and environmental affairs.
"Kimberly Greene is an example of an engineering graduate who has creatively applied her training as an engineer to meet challenges in an industry that spans the engineering, science, and business disciplines and risen to a position of considerable responsibility," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "Her accomplishments are an inspiration to our students and her service to our school through advisory board membership for our ASEM program has been of tremendous value and is much appreciated by our faculty."
Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate Ranae Wright won first place out of 22 entries for her work on Testing and Characterization of Bamboo Laminated Structures at the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Open House in Montgomery.
Wright was joined by Ph.D. students Amanee Salaam and Melike Onat, who won second and third-place, respectively, in their categories. Each of the three awards included a $600 prize.
Jamieson Matthews, a fourth-year student in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, was recently named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering–College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their academic success, volunteerism, and dedication to making a positive impact on society through their chosen profession.
"Interning and job shadowing has deepened my understanding of the role of civil engineers in society," says Matthews. "I am excited to start a career in a field where hard work comes to fruition right in front of you. I know it will be rewarding."
Biomedical engineering student Forrest Satterfield is one of two UAB freshman chosen to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at Arizona State University in March. CGI U was launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Each year, CGI U brings together 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to address challenges with practical, innovative solutions. To be considered for the annual meeting, each student must develop a commitment to action, which is a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing local or global challenge in one of five categories: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
Satterfield, who is from Huntsville, wrote his commitment to action for the public health category. He intends to create a universal and inexpensive system of actuators to be used in prostheses and orthotics.