The UAB chapter of Tau Beta Pi recently inducted one of its largest cohorts ever with a group of 31 engineering students that included 23 undergraduates and eight graduate students. UAB School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., was also inducted as a member of this year's class as an Eminent Engineer.
Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering honor society and is the only engineering honor society that encompasses the entire profession. The association’s vision is to recognize, celebrate, and champion excellence in engineering. Membership represents the highest honor to be obtained by an engineering student and is awarded on the basis of high scholarship and exemplary character.
The induction ceremony was held at the Edge of Chaos and was sponsored by Southern Nuclear.
Lily Deng, a junior studying biomedical engineering, recently won the award for the best poster in the Business, Engineering, and Computer Science category at the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (NCHC) in Denver, Colorado.
NCHC is professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges; honors directors and deans; and honors faculty, staff, and students.
Deng, who is also a student in the University Honors Program and Early Medical School Acceptance Program, is working on a bone tissue engineering project in the lab of BME associate professor Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D.
Partnership with Southern Research Institute Brings New Opportunities
Technological advances are changing the way medicine is practiced, and the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is at the forefront of that change.
The department recently formed a partnership with Birmingham-based Southern Research Institute to create the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech)—an interdisciplinary collaboration that combines the expertise of both organizations in the effort to design new medical devices that will improve the quality of health care in the United States and around the world.
“This partnership is another step forward for our department as we attempt to move biomedical applications from the laboratory to the hospitals and other health-care environments,” says Timothy Wick, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Partnerships such as this one are accelerating the pace of research commercialization, with the ultimate goal of a better patient experience.”
As an initial step in the partnership, UAB and Southern Research jointly hired Robert Hergenrother, Ph.D., to be the director of AIMTech. Hergenrother, who also is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has led the creation of 15 neurovascular, diagnostic, wound care, and orthopedic medical devices during his career. Eighteen of his inventions have been patented in the U.S.
Virginia P. Sisiopiku, Ph.D., was recently named Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Sisiopiku, an associate professor of transportation engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, is the first female ITE member in the State of Alabama to hold this professional distinction.
Founded in 1930, ITE is a professional association of transportation engineers with more than 17,000 members worldwide who contribute individually and collectively toward meeting society's needs for safe and efficient surface transportation. ITE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select ITE members whose exceptional professional accomplishments are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Selection criteria include evidence of significant professional stature, demonstrated substantial contribution to the transportation engineering profession, and five references from ITE fellows.