A team of UAB mechanical and materials engineering students will compete this weekend in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston, Texas.
The team, made up of Nick Iannuzzi, Brandon Caterinichia, Shaylin Gehring, and John Herring designed and built a gasoline-powered, fuel-efficient vehicle as their senior design project. The car will compete against other cars built by college teams from North and South America.
“The competition consists of 10 laps around a track, for a total of six miles,” says Caterinichia. “You have to finish the laps to qualify, and at the end, they measure the fuel you have left. We expect to finish the race with our car getting at least 100 miles per gallon.”
The car will be the the first at this competition to have a carbon-fiber frame, an innovation the group came up with to make the car more lightweight. That innovation, however, presented certain challenges the group had to overcome to complete the project.
Engineering students Ahmed Arabi Hassen and Nicolas Willis from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Hanyu Zhang from the Department of Biomedical Engineering were all recently awarded Caroline P. Ireland Research Travel Scholarships.
These scholarships are awarded annually to UAB students who must travel to out-of-state locations to get access to library materials, to study at out-of-state research sites, or to learn new research techniques required to complete their research projects.
The School of Engineering hosted a reception at the Alys Stephens Center on April 22 to honor Murat M. Tanik, Ph.D., and Uday Vaidya, Ph.D., both of whom received honors from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees earlier this year.
Tanik, the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named the Wallace R. Bunn Endowed Chair of Telecommunications.
Vaidya, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Materials Processing and Applications Development Center, was named a Distinguished Professor of Engineering.
"Our school is very lucky to have such distinguished men in leadership positions," said SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., prior to presenting each man with a plaque containing the Board of Trustees resolution. "I am very proud to officially recognize them with these honors."
Tanik was joined at the reception by Ann Bunn, the widow of Wallace Bunn, whom the endowed chair was named for, as well as Leah Rawls Atkins, co-author of a biography on Bunn.
To view more photos from the event, visit the School of Engineering's flickr page by clicking here.
EGR 200 Students' Designs Compete in Robot Sumo Competition
The Lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex will be the site of a robot battle royale this week, as engineering students pit their specially designed robots against each other in the sumo ring.
The robots, known in competition as sumobots, were built by teams of students as part of the EGR 200 and EGR 111 (honors section) classes. Each team had five weeks to plan, design, and build the robots.
"This project requires students to apply the engineering knowledge they have gained in class, as well as utilize the tools that are available to them in the engineering design lab," says engineering professor Rosalia Scripa, Ph.D. "So while they are learning basic engineering skills, they also are gaining experience with 3-D printing and programming that are on the cutting edge of engineering technology."