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BME ranks in top 5 in funding for 3rd straight year

BME ranks in top 5 in funding for 3rd straight year

The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department in the School of Medicine and School of Engineering, ranked fifth in the nation in the amount of funding it received from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, marking the third-straight year the department has ranked in the NIH’s top 5.

The BME department brought in $5,285,777 in NIH grant funding in 2018, up more than $425,000 from the previous year and marking the first time BME has exceeded the $5 million mark. Among new funds added this year was a $750,000, five-year T32 grant—the first of its kind awarded to an engineering department in the state of Alabama.

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International Space Station is now home to a record number of UAB payloads

International Space Station is now home to a record number of UAB payloads

The SpaceX CRS-16 launched its resupply mission to the International Space Station on Dec. 4 and carried four Polars and the Rapid Freezer developed by UAB engineers from the Engineering and Innovative Technology Development (EITD) research group. This flight, combined with additional assets currently on-orbit, provided a record for UAB developed payloads on-orbit.

“Our employees at EITD always surpass our expectations,” said EITD Director Lee Moradi, Ph.D.. “Having 17 payloads on the International Space Station is a testament to their hard work and dedication. This record makes UAB a significant contributor to the ISS science support.”

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Baswell Society endows scholarship to support female engineering students

Baswell Society endows scholarship to support female engineering students

In 1969 Imogene Baswell became the first female graduate of the newly-created UAB School of Engineering. As the school gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, a group of UAB alumnae have ensured that Baswell’s name will forever be associated with the School of Engineering by creating "The Imogene Baswell Endowed Scholarship."

The scholarship was established through a gift from the Imogene Baswell Society, a group formed in 2017 by eight alumnae who sought to honor a pioneer in their field while also providing support for the future of the profession.

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In memoriam: Joseph Appleton, Ph.D. (1927-2019)

In memoriam: Joseph Appleton, Ph.D. (1927-2019)

School of Engineering's founding Dean leaves behind a legacy of service

On January 17, 2019, the UAB School of Engineering lost a beloved and historic figure when Joseph Appleton, Ph.D., the school’s first dean, passed away at age 91.

Appleton, born in 1927, grew up in Albertville, Alabama before attending Auburn University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1947. He went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He served on the faculty at Illinois and North Carolina State before moving to Birmingham in the early 1960s to become director of a fledgling engineering program within the University of Alabama.

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