From applications for outer space to refining the centuries-old process of pouring hot metal, a wide range of state-of-the-art innovations were on display recently at the UAB School of Engineering. And even though some of them may sound like the subjects of millions of dollars of grant money, the projects were all 100 percent student driven as part of the Capstone Senior Design courses.
On Wednesday, April 20, interdisciplinary teams from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering demonstrated their projects in the lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex.
On Friday, April 22, biomedical engineering students will present their final designs, along with their partners from the Collat School of Business.
Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, presented their projects in private events before boards of faculty and industry partners.
Hundreds of central Alabama students watched their eggs drop from the top of Vulcan on Red Mountain on April 8 while participating in UAB’s 27th Annual Brent Newman Egg Drop Competition.
Nearly 700 students from local elementary, middle and high schools designed contraptions to protect eggs as they dropped from Vulcan. The goal was for a participant’s contraption to prevent the egg from breaking after the approximately 100-foot drop.
The event, which was sponsored and managed by the UAB School of Engineering chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, began in 1989 to promote engineering education and inspire the next generation of Alabama engineers.
Students used approved materials to design their contraptions, which were required to fit in a container no larger than 2 feet on a side. There were no design restrictions. Students were judged on the design of their contraptions, including their weight, ease of use and creativity. First- through third-place winners and a most creative winner were named in elementary, middle and high school categories. An overall winner was also named.
Amber Genau, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), recently was awarded a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation that will fund a five-year research program to examine eutectic solidification in multi-component alloys. The program’s aim is to develop a variety of novel experimental capabilities that will be used to study the fundamental behaviors of metal under highly controlled solidification conditions.
“Awards made through the CAREER program represent the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty,” said Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Engineering. “Through her work with NASA, as well as through her outstanding work with current students and her outreach efforts to future engineering students, Dr. Genau exemplifies the CAREER model of a teacher-scholar."
Genau’s proposed work contains multiple components that will include experimental benchtop research to develop improved models and understanding of eutectic behavior, as well as a plan for education, training and scientific mentoring of future materials engineers.
On March 28, more than 100 people attended the NIH Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering (CVTE) Workshop and Symposium, an event hosted by the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering. The symposium was part of the NIH National Blood, Heart, and Lung Institute's Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium (PCBC) and featured information on the field’s latest techniques and cutting-edge research.
“Seven years ago, many of the things we are discussing today were not possible,” said BME Department Chair Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., in his opening remarks. “It is very exciting to look at the levels of knowledge and expertise here today and imagine where we might be seven years from now.”