Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center
MPAD is a state-of-the-art university-wide research center, specializing in research and development of high performance, lightweight engineering materials, processes, and products. MPAD has two focus areas - Advanced Composites and Metal Castings. The MPAD team provides education and training from concept-to-product development and value-added engineered solutions. MPAD is integrated with Alabama's economic development mission and educates next generation engineers and scientists in technologies for automotive, aerospace and missile defense, mass transit and heavy truck, energy, infrastructure, sporting and other areas of growth. Click on one of the images above to learn more about our primary focus areas.
Siddhartha Brahma awarded at 2014 SPE-ACCE Conference
Ph.D. student Siddhartha Brahma placed 2nd at the 2014 Society for Plastics Engineers – Automotive Composites Conference and Expo (SPE-ACCE) student poster competition. Students are judged on a number of criteria ranging from the relevancy of their research to the methodology and quality of their results to the overall presentation and knowledge of the topic. Sid placed 2nd out of a total of 21 undergraduate/graduate students from universities across the U.S. and was awarded $500 from SPE. The SPE-ACCE is a leading conference in automotive composites and was attended by over 800 OEM/industry participants.
A job well done to Sid on all of his hard work and accomplishments!
MPAD Center Student Spotlight
The MPAD Center Student Spotlight honor has been awarded to Ph.D. student Dan Kaliberov (pictured left) and to undergraduate student Terry Hogan (pictured right).
Kristin Hardin Awarded at CAMX 2014
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Kristin Hardin for receiving first runner up in the student poster competition at the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) held in Orlando, Florida. CAMX is the premier composites conference in the USA jointly hosted by ACMA and SAMPE with over 550 company exhibition and 7,100 attendees from all over the world. Kristin's poster titled, "A Holistic Approach to Composite Recycling," highlights the viability of composite scrap as useful/competitive products and emphasizes the importance of sustainability through recycling of composite scrap. To view Kristin's poster submission, please visit the CAMX website: 2014 CAMX Poster Session Awardees.
MPAD Center Graduates Recently Hired
Acquiring a job has become increasingly challenging for new graduates fresh out of college, but these 4 graduates of the UAB MPAD Center rose to the occasion and have been hired to major companies around the country. The skills/knowledge they gained from working at the UAB MPAD Center have propelled them into highly competitive engineering jobs.
UAB Materials Engineering Metals Program FEF Certified
The Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) is an educational program for institutions of higher education with the primary goal of developing high quality men and women in the industry. FEF developed a set of guidelines for foundry programs at colleges and universities to meet in order to align with the FEF standards and for students to acquire the skills necessary to meet the demands of the industry upon graduation. UAB's casting concentration in Materials Engineering is recognized as an FEF Certified program and was recently promoted to FEF's industry partners as a school from which to recruit students with experience in "manufacturing process development and material analysis including composition and non-destructive testing."
For more information on UAB's FEF Certification please visit their website, Foundry Education Foundation. For more information about the MPAD Foundry, please visit the link at the top of the page for the Metals R&D. For questions about the Castings program please contact Dr. Charlie Monroe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPAD exhibits at JEC Composites, Atlanta, GA, May 13-15, 2014
MPAD Center exhibited at the JECamericas Composites Show in Atlanta, GA, May 13-15, 2014.
Various demos were on display including (a) Nanofiber e-spinning; (b) Vibration based nondestructive testing; (c) Izod impact testing and (d) Taber wear testing.
Products and technologies developed by MPAD for the automotive, transporation, defense, sporting, offshore and energy applications were also on display.
Information relevant to industry for online training resources, short courses and workshops were made available.
Thanks for visiting our booth.
Research Experience for TeachersSandra Bickerstaff, Middle School Teacher from South Carolina along with other REU/RET participants shares her research experience at UAB
Ahmed Arabi Hassen Awarded Ireland Research Scholarship
Ph.D. student Ahmed Arabi Hassen was recently awarded the 2014 Caroline P. Ireland Research Fellowship for up to $1,000.
Melike Dizbay-Onat Awarded Two Scholarships
Melike Dizbay-Onat, a doctoral student in Materials Science & Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering was awarded 2 scholarships this past week from two separate professional organizations.
Dr. Haibin Ning Awarded SOE Teaching Award
Congratulations to Dr. Haibin Ning who received the School of Engineering President's Award for Excellence in Teaching on April 2nd. This award is a reflection of Dr. Ning's continual commitment to providing guidance and support to his students in their academic pursuits.