Birmingham mayor William Bell announced at the Birmingham City Council meeting on Tuesday that the city, in collaboration with the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, is one of 16 cities selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant.
The Smarter Cities Challenge contributes the skills and expertise of IBM’s top talent to address critical issues facing cities around the world. Over the past three years, 100 cities have been selected to receive grants, with the contributions valued at more than $50 million and counting.
“In Birmingham, the team will work closely with city leaders and the UAB Sustainable Smarter Cities Research Center (SSCRC) to develop strategies to reverse problems with abandoned or deteriorating properties and food deserts,” says Fouad Fouad, Ph.D., director of the SSCRC and chair of the UAB Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. “By focusing on those two areas, we can lay the groundwork for change that will help stabilize neighborhoods and lead to sustainable, healthy growth for decades to come.”
Ophelia Johnson, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, was one of two UAB students to receive Barry Goldwater Scholarship Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Out of more than 1,100 applicants, Johnson is one of 283 students nationally to receive the award and one of only 63 engineering majors. She is one of only five UAB engineering students to be named a Goldwater Scholar.
“This is a very prestigious award and a great honor for Ophelia,” says Timothy Wick, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “We have been fortunate to have students from our department receive this award in previous years, and Ophelia is very deserving to be part of that distinguished group. Knowing the amount of effort she puts into her work makes me even more proud that she is getting this recognition.”
What is Sustainability?
School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., discusses the meaning of sustainability with WBHM as part of a weeklong series on the issue.
““We have to recognize that if sustainability is important to how we go about our lives, it will require some compromise,” says Alexander. "I think most people in the energy industry are looking downstream at the impact current practices have on the future, but at the same time they have a responsibility to the communities that expect power on demand.”
To listen to the entire interview, click here.
Two BME Capstone Design Course products are among 15 finalists for the 2014 da Vinci Awards, an international program that celebrates the latest, most impactful research and developments in all fields of assistive and adaptive technology.
The projects are the Toyrota powered mobility device and the Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale. The Toyrota, which is currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood, Alabama, was designed by Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. The Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale was designed by Jarrod Collins, Josh Haynes, Austin Johnson, and Brandon Sherrod, and has been in use at the Lakeshore Foundation, also in Homewood .
Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations. The two UAB projects were chosen from applicants around the world and are among finalists from the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.