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.
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.
Engineering Students' Electrathon Car Places 2nd at Barber Motorsports
A multi-disciplinary team of materials and mechanical engineering students finished second at the Electrathon Race at Barber Motorsports behind professional team Tiger Racing on Monday, April 7th.
The team was made up of mechanical engineering students Catherine Clark and Amie Eder and materials engineering students Chris Graves and Ranae Wright.
The UAB team ran a total of 17 laps over two races on the 2.4-mile course. The car averaged 25 miles per hour with a top speed of 37 miles per hour in the morning race.
“Good balance is needed between speed and endurance to win in this competition,” says materials assistant professor Haibin Ning, Ph.D. “The rule is that only one set of batteries is allowed for each hour-long race, and in that hour, the driver tries to get as many laps as possible.”
McWane Center Outreach Event - Communicating Science & Engineering with Public Audience
MPAD participated in an exciting outreach event at the McWane Science Center. The event engages educational institutions as partners in developing a more science literate society, and in inspiring and empowering young people to focus on learning science, engineering, and math, and preparing for careers in research, engineering, science, and technology. Some of the students who pass by the Showcase end up as graduate students and lab technicians or apprentice engineers.