Siddhartha Brahma and Peter Barfknecht, both doctoral students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, won first place overall in the Ph.D. category at the 2015 NSF Science and Technology Open House.
The event, hosted by the Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), was held in Montgomery on January 30-31, 2015. More than 150 student posters were presented as part of the NSF EPSCOR and related work being done at UAB, Tuskegee, Alabama, South Alabama, Auburn and Alabama State.
Posters were judged in the undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. categories.
Brahma and Barfknecht received a $1,000 prize for first place. UAB was represented by several other engineering and physics students.
Five engineering students are among seventeen UAB students who have been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University on March 6-8 at the University of Miami.
The five students—Gaurav Agrawal, Ananya Bandyopadhyay, Sara Liaghati-Mobarhan, Junhi Chang, Abdullah Tarawneh—are all from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The department had one CGIU participant in 2014, which was the first year UAB participated.
Founded in 2007 by former President Bill Clinton, CGIU engages the next generation of campus leaders to address global issues in the Initiative’s five focus areas: education, environmental and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
“Students from diverse disciplines across our campus have long been involved in international initiatives that stem from our mission of teaching, research and service,” said Suzanne Austin, Ph.D., senior vice provost for Student and Faculty Success. “UAB is proud to work with CGIU to foster students’ ambitious projects that will serve local and international communities. We are very proud of and excited for these 17 outstanding students.”
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: