In celebration of the School of Engineering's 45th anniversary, alumni and friends gathered at the close of Engineers Week to honor "45 Engineers Making a Difference."
The honorees were selected from nominees that spanned a wide range of career choices and ages--from high acheiving recent graduates to alumni with decades of notable service in their fields. "When I look around the room, one thing that strikes me is the diversity of the group being honored here tonight," said SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., in his remarks at the banquet. "I think it's indicative of who we are as a school and as a university that people from all different backgrounds and areas of interest are able to find a place here and an environment that provides them the tools they need to achieve their very best. And those of you who are honored tonight are certainly evidence of that."
|Southern Company COO Kim Greene and SOE Dean Iwan Alexander present scholarships to Eric Bearrs (top) and Stephen Kelly (bottom).|
School of Engineering alumni working at Southern Company recently convened at the Alabama Power headquarters to recognize Southern Company and Alabama Power co-op scholarship recipients. The scholarships were made possible by a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding campaign last summer, in which alumni raised nearly $5,000—exceeding their goal by more than 40 percent.
The scholarship recipients recognized at the Alabama Power luncheon included Stephen Kelley, who is serving his co-op term in research and technology management, and Eric Bearss, who is working in the Alabama Power environmental affairs field services group.
Dozens of UAB students, faculty, and staff were on hand for a ribbon-cutting and official opening of the Makerspace at the Mervyn Sterne Library on Tuesday. At the event, members of the Makerspace team demonstrated the various equipment and capabilities of the space, which has already been in use in the weeks leading up to the official launch.
University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. Those students include biomedical engineering student Forrest Satterfield, as well as Rohit Borah, Murray Ladner, and John Shelley. The four will represent UAB as members of the nation’s 150 University Innovation Fellows program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. UAB is one of 52 universities — and the only in Alabama — to have students selected for the program.The space is the result of months of effort by student volunteers, including four who were selected
"This shows what our students can do when we step out of the way," said Alan Eberhardt, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and advisor for the Pathways program. "This space is a testament to their vision and innovation."
Students Will Engineer a Self-Sufficient, Solar Powered Home on Campus
Many dream of a future when homes will be competely self-sufficient, powered by renewable energy. At UAB, that future is here.
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. UAB, in partnership with the University of Alabama, Huntsville and Calhoun Community College, is one of 16 collegiate teams selected to participate in the event. UAB’s team will be made up of students from a variety of disciplines across the university who will be working on the house over the next two years. During that time, the team will design, construct and test their house before reassembling it at the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition site in October 2017.A team of students, faculty, and staff are already laying the groundwork for a solar-powered house that will be built on campus over the coming months as part of the 2017
Hessam Taherian, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering will advise the students on the engineering portion of the project. Taherian previously advised a group of students at a Canadian university for the 2009 Decathlon.
“The U.S., and particularly Alabama, lags behind the rest of the world in the number of net-zero energy buildings built,” said Taherian. “By searching for innovative ways of harnessing and conserving energy, UAB students will have opportunities to develop technology that will be customized to meet the particular challenges of the local environment — from seasonal heat and humidity to surprise tornadoes and thunderstorms.”