Raymond Thompson, Ph.D., was named the Engineering Council of Birmingham’s Engineer of the Year at the organization’s 55th annual awards banquet.
Thompson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Engineering, went to Vanderbilt for his Ph.D., then returned to UAB where he taught engineering for nearly 20 years. In 1998 he founded Vista Engineering, a research, development, and consulting firm specializing in materials design and application.
“Ray Thompson is an excellent example of the convergence of scientific knowledge, engineering know- how, business acumen and a can do attitude, all adding up to a UAB engineer,” says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., who was on hand at the event to present student awards to SOE graduates and undergraduates.
Thompson himself is a former student of the year winner, winning the undergraduate award in 1973 and the graduate award in 1974. Incidentally, Thompson, his brother Neil, and UAB President Raymond Watts, M.D., were undergraduate student engineer of the year winners in consecutive years.
The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is expanding its reach, after the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees voted recently to establish Biomedical Engineering as a joint department between the Schools of Engineering and Medicine.
Since 1979, the Department of Biomedical Engineering has resided wholly within the School of Engineering. By integrating the department into the School of Medicine, administrators say they hope to capitalize on existing and emerging strengths in research, education and patient care at UAB.
"Creating a joint department with the School of Medicine marks a natural progression for biomedical engineering at UAB," says Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. "The department has long benefited from UAB's reputation for world-class research and education in medicine and health sciences. Making the department a part of both engineering and medicine will bring engineering faculty and students in closer proximity to clinicians and medical research from both schools—which will, in turn, allow them to develop closer relationships through joint research and education programs."
UAB School of Engineering associate professor Selvum (Brian) Pillay, Ph.D., will give a lecture on the late South African president Nelson Mandela on February 28, 2014 at 6 P.M.
Pillay will be offering his personal perspective as a native of South Africa in a lecture titled "From 'Terrorist' to President to World Icon: An Ordinary South African's Perspective on the Influence of Nelson Mandela on the Apartheid Struggle and Beyond."
The lecture is presented by the African American Faculty Association and the African American Studies Program. it will take place in room 102 of UAB's Heritage Hall.
Annual Event to Feature Harry Potter, Hunger Games Themes
Did you know you can move so fast you make yourself invisible? What about protecting yourself against a red-hot blowtorch or propelling objects long distances using nothing but pressure or sound waves. Visitors to the UAB School of Engineering interactive open house will have opportunities to do all these things and more.
The annual event, which will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014, will feature students from the school's five departments performing skits and conducting interactive experiments.
Faculty and students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will follow a Hunger Games theme, showing how specially designed materials can protect you from intense heat, or how normally strong materials can shatter in intense cold. Visitors will also learn to weld metals together without using a torch or electricity, and they will be able to cast molten metal into shapes of their choosing.