Several engineering undergraduates had the opportunity recently to visit with representatives from Altec, a Birmingham-based corporation with a long history of partnering with UAB. The company has given generously to several different parts of the university over the past several decades, including a gift toward the funding of the Business-Engineering Complex in the early 1980s.
During their recent visit to campus, Altec representatives and SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., discussed mutual benefits that such a relationship can have for both parties. "From our standpoint, these interactions are immensely beneficial," said Altec Engineering Manager Andy Otterson. "There is an immediate benefit for us to supplement our workforce with co-op students and interns—many of which may transition into full-time employees. But there is also a significant long-term benefit."
The School of Engineering is currently looking for volunteers to perform a variety of roles, including judging the participants’ project notebooks, marketing presentations, team exhibits and interviews, and sportsmanship.
Volunteer referees are also needed to help officiate the games on October 4 at Bartow Arena.
The UAB Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) recently announced an online master's degree program for structural engineers. Students from throughout the country will have the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive virtual classroom to study structural engineering under the tutelage of a stellar faculty of seasoned professional engineers.
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"We are very pleased to add the new online track of study as it allows us to use our faculty strength in structural engineering to build on our strong foundational experience in online education," said Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D., chair of the CCEE department. "The purpose of the program is to provide a high-quality graduate degree for students who master the structural engineering practice through a mix of analysis and design courses. Students will also learn real-world business management skills applicable to managers and leaders in the engineering community."
The program, which is designed to help students prepare for the Professional Engineer Exam as well as the prestigious Structural Engineering Certification Exam, includes a 30-hour curriculum designed to be completed by working professionals in about 19 months. The curriculum requires seven core structural engineering courses, plus three engineering-management electives. A typical student will take two three-hour courses per academic term, completing the program in five academic terms (three terms per calendar year).
The structural engineering track will fall under the direction of Bill Hitchcock, Ph.D., the creator and director of the Construction Engineering Management program. Chris Waldron, Ph.D., will join the online instructional team as the curriculum content manager for structural engineering.
If you would like more information about earning a master of engineering degree in structural engineering, please contact Dianne Gilmer, assistant director of online education for the CCEE department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-975-5848. You may also visit the program Web site at http://www.uab.edu/engineering/cse/.
Blazer BEST 2014 kicked off Thursday night to an enthusiastic crowd of roughly 400 local high school and middle school students. The students represent 25 teams who will work over the next six weeks to design and build robots to complete specific tasks that were unveiled for the first time at the kick-off.
"It's great to see this level of excitement for an event promoting STEM disciplines, which are science, technology, engineering and math," said Hassan Moore, Ph.D., co-director of the event. "We all get enthusiastic about football, but you don't see international corporations moving to our state because we're good at football. If we can build that same level of excitement around STEM disciplines, you'll see a positive change in the kinds of jobs we can attract to our area."
On Thursday, participants received information about this year's challenge as well as some of the the materials and information they will need to complete their tasks. But by no means is the process completely laid out for them. "Ever year I'm surprised by some of the ideas the students come up with," said Moore. "I've got a Ph.D. in physics, but some of these middle school students, will figure out ways to solve the problems that I never would have considered. If we just give them some basic parameters, it's amazing what they can come up with."