Materials engineering involves the development, production, modification, and application of engineering materials to meet the specific needs of society. It is based on an understanding of the structures and forces that control the engineering properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Through the development of this understanding, the student learns how to control the properties of materials through various industrial manufacturing processes, how to select the optimum material and predict its behavior under various environmental and service conditions, and how to alter this behavior through materials design, research, and development. Materials Engineers are employed in every major industry, including aerospace, chemical, automotive, metals casting, biomedical, and microelectronics.
Barry Andrews Retires after 38 Years at UAB
|At top, Barry Andrews (left) is seen with current dean Iwan Alexander at a reception in Andrews' honor. At bottom, Andrews (right) is pictured with Jim Woodward, the school's second dean, in a 1981 photo provided by UAB Archives.|
Barry Andrews came home to UAB in 1976, and for the next 38 years he was content to stay there; but just because he was home, that's not to say he was idle.
With more than 40 total years as a student and faculty member in the School of Engineering, Andrews retired as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the beginning of this month, capping a distinguished career that spans almost the entire history of UAB.
"It is unusual for a school to keep a faculty member for that length of time, particularly when the faculty member is as accomplished and respected in his field as Barry Andrews," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "I first met Barry when I was working in Huntsville and he was working on research with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center. When I came to UAB years later as dean, it was a big advantage for me to have someone with the history and institutional knowledge that he has."