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.
Mostafa Salama, Ph.D. student and research assistant in the Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory (VREL), has had quite a start to 2014. This spring, Salama was recognized as a recipient of UAB International Graduate Student (Doctoral) Academic Excellence Award, the UAB National Alumni Society License to Learn Scholarship, and the UAB Caroline and Charles W. Ireland International Student Scholarship. All this comes after he received the UAB Volker International Scholarship in 2013.
Salama is pursuing a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering while serving as a supervisor of the VREL, where he developed more than 10 lab manuals for Mechanical Systems, Introduction to Mechatronics, and Introduction to LabVIEW courses. In addition, he serves as a teaching assistant in the following courses: Mechanical System Lab, Kinematic and Dynamic of Machines, Vehicle Dynamics, System Modeling and Controls. He is also a session organizer for the upcoming IMECE conference in Railroad and Off-road Systems Dynamics.