School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., and Enabling Technology Lab Director Corey Shum were among the speakers at Friday's 2015 Bevill Neuroscience Symposium.
The event, held at the UAB Alumni House, featured many of the nation's leading figures in biomedical engineering, and focused on the interface between machines and the human brain.
"The brain-machine interface represents a frontier at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering," said Alexander. "We are beginning to understand how to capture fundamental processes in the brain to stimulate electrical and mechanical responses in devices and machines. These advances point to a future rich in discovery that will yield exciting applications ranging from physical rehabilitation to thought-activated mechanical and electrical devices."
SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., met with more than 80 alumni on Monday at a luncheon in the Alabama Power Auditorium, where he introduced a new partnership between the School of Engineering and Southern Company.
The Southern Company-UAB Alumni Network is an initiative aimed at increasing co-op and employment opportunities at Southern Company for UAB students and graduates. “The School of Engineering has always had a close relationship at Southern Company, and we currently have around 45 of our students participating in co-ops here,” Alexander said at the luncheon. “These co-ops are not only extremely important to the education our students receive, they often lead to full-time employment opportunities for our graduates. In addition, we hope a network of UAB alumni within Southern Company will lead to more active engagement with the school.”
As part of the partnership, the School of Engineering has created a scholarship that will go specifically to fund students who are participating in co-ops with the Southern Company.
Two faculty members in the School of Engineering recently received high honors.
Dale Callahan, Ph.D., was named the 2015 IEEE Region 3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator, and Christopher Waldron, Ph.D., received the 2015 Presidential Teaching Award in the School of Engineering. Callahan was honored for his work in establishing the school’s Information Engineering and Management (IEM) Program.
Callahan is the fourth faculty member from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to receive the award. Previous winners are David Conner, Ph.D. (1990), David Green (1997), and Gregg Vaughn, Ph.D. (1999).
Callahan will formally be presented with the 2015 award at IEEE’s annual regional conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in April.
Waldron, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, consistently receives very high scores in his IDEA evaluations, teaches a range of courses, and is recognized by faculty for how well-prepared his students are for advanced courses. He is chosen by many students as their senior design mentor, and he is actively engaged with professional and student engineering organizations.
Over the decades, products designed at UAB have moved well beyond the laboratories where they originated, but few have logged the miles that the Polar freezer has.
Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering (CBSE), Polar provides a freezing and storage unit capable of maintaining temperatures of negative 80°C in order to transport experiments to and from the International Space Station (ISS).Designed and produced by engineers in UAB’s
Call it knowledge that will orbit your world.
Polar project manager David Ray, P.E., will present a seminar in Heritage Hall 121 on Friday at 1:25 P.M. on “UAB and the ISS.” The presentation is part of the weekly seminar series presented by the Department of Biomedical Engineering.