The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees appointed Melinda M. Lalor, Ph.D., professor emerita in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering during its meeting on Sept. 13, 2013. Lalor earned her bachelor of science in civil engineering degree cum laude from UAB in 1989 and joined the faculty that year as an instructor and research assistant. She was appointed associated dean of the school in 2005 and interim dean in 2011. She received the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998.
“Murat’s experience, knowledge and expertise make him an outstanding choice to lead the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,” said Iwan Alexander, dean of the School of Engineering. “His leadership will enable the department to build strong collaborations within the university and with external partners.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named one of 50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM by The College Database, a leading not-for-profit resource for college-related data and rankings. UAB earned distinction for its suite of programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a high level of female enrollment and an impressive yearly female graduation rate.
For more than 15 years, and with the assistance of a National Science Foundation grant, engineering and business seniors have partnered with various community agencies including United Cerebral Palsy, Children’s of Alabama and others, to create biomedical devices to aid people with disabilities. Engineering students work with their client to identify an engineering need. Business students develop a market analysis and business model then create a prototype.