Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center

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At the end of the Fall semester, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in conjunction with the MPAD Center hired undergraduate students to assist in ongoing research projects and to allow hands-on experience for undergraduates in all fields of engineering in solving various industry problems. This is the first semester we have implemented an application process for undergraduate student workers, and because of the limited number of available positions, selection was competitive. We are pleased to introduce our Spring undergraduate research assistants. 


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Sarah Elliott
Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Hometown in Cahaba Heights
Sarah's Senior Design group is developing a filament winding machine for ACIPCO that will wind glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic tapes around a pipe to increase its strength and corrosion resistance. Sarah also assists our Composites Lab Engineer, Ben Willis, in various Fee for Service projects with industry partners. 


 

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David Gilmore
Double Major in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Undergraduate Work Study
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Graduated from Sparkman High School in Madison County, AL 
David is currently working on a project designing composite flooring material for BLOX, a company that specializes in designing and developing modular hospital rooms.


 

Danish Gulamani profileDanish Gulamani
Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate 
Projected Graduation Date: Fall 2017
Danish originally entered UAB to pursue a Biomedical Engineering degree, however, upon taking MSE 280 with Dr. Vaidya Danish found a stronger interest within MSE and the real world applications. Danish assists our Composites Lab Engineer, Ben Willis, in various Fee for Service projects with industry partners and assists graduate students in their own research projects.


 

Hayden Martin profileHayden Martin
Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate 
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Graduated from Buckhorn High School
Hayden is working under the instruction of Dr. Haibin Ning and Dr. Uday Vaidya creating CAD drawings of various products to better understand their application and operation.


 

Nicole Mubarak
Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate

Undergraduate Work Study
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Nicole values the hands on experience through working at the MPAD Center and found that the work fit well within her interests. Nicole assists our Composites Lab Engineer, Ben Willis, in various Fee for Service projects with industry partners.

 


NoraNora Oakajji
Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Born in Morocco, and graduated from Spain Park high School in Hoover, AL
Nora has a strong interest in failure analysis and developing new materials to improve applications of existing products. Nora is assisting Hicham Ghossein in his Ph.D research.


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Kirsten Pittman 
Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Graduated from Keystone National High School in Ocean Springs, MS
Kirsten is currently working in the nondestructive testing lab under the supervision of Ph.D graduate student Ahmed Hassen. 



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Austin Shorter
Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL
Austin is actively involved in rowing and from that developed an interest in the composite racing shells used in rowing and the materials used in the application. Austin assists our Composites Lab Engineer, Ben Willis, in various Fee for Service projects with industry partners.

 



John Waters

Materials Science & Engineering Undergraduate
Projected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Originally from Jacksonville, AL
John has a military background and is currently using his military knowledge on the development of a military litter that is intended to be collapsed to the size of a backpack.