UAB’s School of Engineering and the Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center are working with the City of Vestavia and Gresham, Smith and Partners to develop and construct an innovative pedestrian bridge that will cross over U.S. Highway 31.
Christopher Waldron, Ph.D., assistant professor of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, recently presented nine structure options to the Vestavia City Council for a sustainable bridge that would connect parking at Wald Park on the west side of Highway 31 with the newly constructed library on the east side.
“Our primary role is to help bring some innovative ideas to the project,” Waldron says. “We’re definitely trying to do some type of structure alternative that has not been done in Alabama.”
Dr. Dean Sicking, a highly acclaimed engineer who helped revolutionize safety in auto racing, says the race is on at several universities across the country to design a football helmet that will dramatically reduce brain injuries at every level of the sport.
Sicking says the current design of football helmets can be improved greatly with proper testing, along with state-of-the-art materials and engineering standards.
So who is Dr. Sicking and why should we believe him? Sicking, who works at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is a nationally recognized engineering professor.
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“Dean Sicking is an internationally respected authority on highway safety research whose work has saved countless lives,” says Richard Marchase, Ph.D., interim president of UAB. “He literally wrote the industry standards that the National Cooperative Highway Research Program set for safety performance evaluation — just one instance of his expertise and leadership in this field — and we are thrilled to have him join our team.”