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.
Are some people predisposed to enjoy exercise while others are destined to struggle? The answer could be buried deep within a person’s genetic makeup.
For the past two years, engineering students have been among the more than 1,600 UAB students participating in a groundbreaking study that seeks to determine how a person’s genetic makeup could alter the body’s response to exercise and diet interventions.
A team of interdisciplinary scientists from UAB is spearheading the TIGER (Training Interventions & Genetics of Exercise Response) Study, a five-year project that is investigating the influence of variation in DNA sequence on body fat and fitness.
Participating students are tested before and after participating in a 30-week exercise program. The study is one of the few of its kind in the United States.
Researchers will be visiting select engineering classes this spring to recruit subjects for the study. If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to learn more, visit www.tigerstudy.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 975-7651.
At UAB's fall commencement ceremony, 52-year-old Tim French completed a 7,000-mile journey that started with one click. French traveled from around the world to UAB, walking across the stage to receive his master’s degree on his first visit to campus.
French is the safety director for the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division, a 10,000-person unit stationed in South Korea. For the past 18 months, he spent early mornings and late nights pursuing his degree in UAB’s totally online Advanced Safety and Engineering master’s program in the School of Engineering. U.S. News & World Report, in its first survey of Best Online Programs for Veterans, ranks UAB’s engineering master’s programs fifth in the nation.
Gregg M. Janowski, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has won the 2013 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching.
Janowski, affectionately known as Dr. J, has educated and motivated students for 23 years, teaching classes from introductory freshman engineering to doctoral courses. He has directed graduate research and mentored or co-mentored 11 Ph.D. students. Six are faculty at a university, including two at UAB.