Multiple Ph.D. Positions Available
Multiple Ph.D. positions are available in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for 2017.
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.
Rosalia N. Scripa, Ph.D., professor emerita in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been included in Marquis Who’s Who.
As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
An engineering educator, researcher, and administrator, Scripa has excelled in a variety of roles at UAB. Highly regarded as a professor , Scripa also served in several prominent capacities within the School of Engineering and the university, including associate dean of engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, associate provost of faculty development and faculty affairs, associate provost of undergraduate programs, and associate dean of academic and student affairs. In these positions, she had many notable achievements. For example, she contributed to major projects with the microgravity science and applications division of NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center; she served on several proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation and NASA; and she was a member of the Third International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Engines series. In total, Scripa has met with success for more than 40 years. In recognition of her professional excellence in her career, Scripa was named Woman of the Year by the American Biographical Institute, Outstanding Woman of the 21st Century by the Board of International Research, and Distinguished Engineering Educator by the Society of Women Engineers. She received a presidential teaching award from UAB, an enhancement technology award from the American Society for Materials, and a lifetime achievement award from the World Congress on Communication and Arts. She also received the lifetime achievement in teaching award, considered the highest recognition for teaching, at UAB, and in 2015, she was named distinguished professor emerita of engineering. In addition, Scripa was selected for inclusion into Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Kirsten Pittman and Zebediah Dahlke have received American Foundry Society – Birmingham Chapter Scholarship for the 2017 year.
Pittman is a senior in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She is active in various professional societies, such as Alpha Sigma Mu, American Founday Society, Materials Advantage, and Tau Beta Pi. She is the current president of Alpha Sigma Mu. Pittman also served as an officer for the American Foundry Society (2014-2015). She often leads study sessions for Materials Engineering classes.
Dahlke is a junior in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is also the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship and the Joint Admissions Scholarships. He is involved in various professional societies, such as American Foundry Society and Materials Advantage. He is currently the vice president of UAB’s for the American Foundry Society. He is also active in various community development programs such as Youth Leadership and Development Program.
The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) 2016 held at Anatheim Conference Center, California. Approximately 400 industrial professionals were in the audience.Kristin Hardin , a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, recently participated in a panel discussion at
“Twenty years from now, I really do hope we have a robust recycling system in place, like familiar plastics and metals do right now,” Hardin said during the discussion. “Finding a labeling system and how to collect that material and having a database out there presents a great opportunity for industry collaboration.”