Just over a month ago, Birmingham start-up Motus Motorcycles roared into the record books when two of its production models broke speed records at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in Utah. This month, the company is opening its doors to UAB students and guests for a tour of its factory, which is located in Birmingham’s Lakeview District, just a few blocks from the UAB campus.
The tour, sponsored by the UAB chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, will be held Thursday, October 16, at 10 a.m.
“This is a local start-up company that has already proven itself on the world stage, and it’s right in our back yard,” said ASME Chair Blake Feltman. “This will be a great opportunity for engineering students or anyone who is interested in motorcycles to get an inside look at their production process.”
A pair of School of Engineering alumni was honored at this year’s National Alumni Society (NAS) Alumni Leadership Recognition and Awards Luncheon. Donald Burke III, Ph.D., was named Outstanding Young Alumnus for the year, while Doug Rigney, Ph.D. received the NAS’s highest award, the Honorary Life Membership Award.
Rigney received his bachelor of science degree in general engineering in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering in 1985 from UAB. He went on to earn his master’s degree (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) from UAB in biomedical engineering. He joined the SOE faculty in 1989 and retired earlier this year as UAB’s interim vice president for information technology.
Burke received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2005 and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering in 2013. He is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the SOE and is associate director in the UAB Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Program.
UAB School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., select faculty, and student leaders, welcomed more than 250 engineering students back to campus on Wednesday at a lunch event sponsored by Alabama Power.
The event, which included a large number of freshmen and transfers, gave newcomers and returning students an opportunity to learn about the many opportunities and resources that are available to all engineering students.
Several engineering undergraduates had the opportunity recently to visit with representatives from Altec, a Birmingham-based corporation with a long history of partnering with UAB. The company has given generously to several different parts of the university over the past several decades, including a gift toward the funding of the Business-Engineering Complex in the early 1980s.
During their recent visit to campus, Altec representatives and SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., discussed mutual benefits that such a relationship can have for both parties. "From our standpoint, these interactions are immensely beneficial," said Altec Engineering Manager Andy Otterson. "There is an immediate benefit for us to supplement our workforce with co-op students and interns—many of which may transition into full-time employees. But there is also a significant long-term benefit."