Uday VaidyaUday Vaidya, Ph.D., was appointed chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective June 1, 2014. Vaidya joined the School of Engineering faculty in 2001.
"During his time at UAB, Dr. Vaidya has established himself as a valued teacher, mentor and researcher," said Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. "He is known nationally for his work on composite materials and his leadership of UAB’s Materials Processing and Applications Development Center."
Vaidya won the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005 and 2013. Earlier this year, he was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System as a distinguished professor of materials science and engineering. In addition to his duties as chair,
Vaidya will continue to serve as director of the Materials Processing and Applications Development Center.