United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be on hand this week when UAB and MAX unveil a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell bus. The innovative and environmentally friendly bus, which will operate on MAX's downtown routes, is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and produces no tailpipe emissions.
With only a few such buses operating in the world, Birmingham will be home to the only hydrogen fuel cell bus and fueling station in the Southeast. The results of this demonstration will be used to guide designs and deployments of future fuel-cell bus fleets and ultimately automobile applications.
Foxx is scheduled to board the bus on Wednesday, April 16, to tour several Birmingham landmarks. He will speak briefly at the MAX intermodal site at 2 p.m. The intermodal site is located on Morris Avenue between 16th Street and 19th Street.
A project designed as part of the BME Capstone Design Course was awarded the Student da Vinci Award last week at the 2014 da Vinci Special Awards Gala at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
The winning team included BME students Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. Their project, the Toyrota, is a powered mobility device currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood.
Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations.
A multi-disciplinary team of materials and mechanical engineering students finished second at the Electrathon Race at Barber Motorsports behind professional team Tiger Racing on Monday.
The team was made up of mechanical students Catherine Clark and Amie Eder and materials students Chris Graves and Ranae Wright.
The UAB team ran a total of 17 laps over two races on the 2.4-mile course. The car averaged 25 miles per hour with a top speed of 37 miles per hour in the morning race.
“Good balance is needed between speed and endurance to win in this competition,” says materials assistant professor Haibin Ning, Ph.D. “The rule is that only one set of batteries is allowed for each hour-long race, and in that hour, the driver tries to get as many laps as possible.”
Birmingham mayor William Bell announced at the Birmingham City Council meeting on Tuesday that the city, in collaboration with the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, is one of 16 cities selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant.
The Smarter Cities Challenge contributes the skills and expertise of IBM’s top talent to address critical issues facing cities around the world. Over the past three years, 100 cities have been selected to receive grants, with the contributions valued at more than $50 million and counting.
“In Birmingham, the team will work closely with city leaders and the UAB Sustainable Smarter Cities Research Center (SSCRC) to develop strategies to reverse problems with abandoned or deteriorating properties and food deserts,” says Fouad Fouad, Ph.D., director of the SSCRC and chair of the UAB Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. “By focusing on those two areas, we can lay the groundwork for change that will help stabilize neighborhoods and lead to sustainable, healthy growth for decades to come.”