Executive Director of eLearning and Professional Studies
Magnolia Office Plaza, Suite 200
Dr. Martha Bidez became director of UAB’s new Division of eLearning and Professional Studies in May 2013 after serving as interim director since the Division’s initiation. She has served as professor and founding Director of the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management graduate track in the UAB School of Engineering since 2010. Previously, she served as a full-time, tenured faculty member within the UAB School of Engineering for nearly ten years before moving into the private sector in 1997. She was the founding President and CEO of BioHorizons, Inc., an international oral reconstructive device manufacturing company with a flagship product line based upon patented technology developed within Dr. Bidez’ UAB laboratory. Bidez is an internationally renowned biomedical engineer with nationally recognized start-up entrepreneurial success in both industry and higher education. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Auburn University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from UAB. Through the Division of eLearning and Professional Services Dr. Bidez collaborates with deans across schools and provides support to all departments and faculty to ensure that UAB’s online offerings meet national best practices as measured by a comprehensive quality standard vetted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACCS). As director, she aspires to deliver greater access to programs while improving their quality and increasing revenues to continue UAB’s growth trajectory.