National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, or Epicenter, to join the Pathways to Innovation Program.UAB is one of 25 U.S. institutions to be selected by the NSF-funded
The Pathways to Innovation Program is designed to help institutions fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education. The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell.
“Pathways is a good fit for UAB’s new universitywide entrepreneurial push centered around the UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” said Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. “We are committed to bringing experiential learning opportunities to our students and ensure our students are exposed to realistic scenarios so that they can understand what it means to innovate, appreciate the benefits of collaboration, and develop and apply the skills they will need to meet engineering challenges of the 21st century.”
SOE Programs Help UAB Achieve Prestigious Designation
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named UAB to its list of colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, thanks in part to a number of innovative outreach and community engagement programs in the School of Engineering.
UAB is one of 51 universities nationally and the only one in the Alabama to be classified for high research activity and community engagement.
A team of faculty and staff from various areas of the university documented more than 50 community-engagement partnerships, events, and initiatives from across the university.
Included in UAB's application were the following engineering partnerships or initiatives:
UAB Begins National Search for BME Chair
Timothy Wick, Ph.D., the longtime chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has accepted a new position in the SOE Dean’s Office as the Senior Associate Dean. Wick’s responsibilities in this new role include facilitating research throughout the school by working closely with all five departments to expand the school’s research portfolio while also increasing the potential for interdisciplinary collaborations between departments and other schools, as well as with outside industry.
“Over the past 10 years, Dr. Wick has shown a unique capacity for building multi-disciplinary research teams through his role as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering,” says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “As we look to expand our research portfolio across all our departments, we need someone with experience in identifying opportunities to ensure that we grow our research funding while continuing to make the most use of the strengths we already have in place.”
As part of this transition, Alan Eberhardt, Ph.D., will move from the Dean’s Office to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Already a longtime professor of the BME Department, Eberhardt will also be devoting time to a new position as director of the Industrial Scholars Program, a school-wide master of engineering program to be launched in the coming fall semester.
McCrory Steps Down after 14 Years in the Dean's Office
Visitors to the School of Engineering may not notice anything different in 2015, but to those who work behind the scenes in the Dean’s Office, the new year will be a time of transition. Jason McCrory, the school’s longtime director of administrative and fiscal affairs, retired at the end of 2014 after more than 14 years with the School of Engineering and nearly 25 years at UAB.
McCrory’s responsibilities in the Dean’s Office included many important aspects of the school’s daily operations, including safety, facilities, construction, finances, grants management, compliance, and human resources.
“I am very grateful for all that Jason has done for me and for the School of Engineering,” says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “While I am excited for his plans for the future, I am sorry to lose someone who has contributed so much to UAB. In addition to his very important responsibilities of minding the school’s purse strings, Jason has worked hard behind the scenes.”