"The University of Alabama at Birmingham Engineering and Innovative Technology Development research group was recently announced as a partner in a $500 million contract issued from NASA’s International Space Station Program Office.

The Research, Engineering and Mission Integration — or REMIS — contract was awarded to Teledyne Brown Engineering with EITD listed as a partner on the project."

With over 6,400 pound of science, cargo, and supplies, the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Complex 39A on Monday, August 14th 2017. Being delivered to the International Space Station in the Dragon capsule are three of UAB's Polar units. Two of these freezers are caring temperature sensetive science for experiments on board, however, one Polar is carrying a special treat for the austronauts aboard the ISS. What has been already called "the most ambitiously orchestrated snack delivery in human history," the astronauts will be able to enjoy a selection of chocolate, vanilla and birthday cake ice cream over the next several weeks (Dockrill). The Dragon capsule is set to return to Earth mid September carrying several thousand pounds of wastes and science.

Recently, UAB Magazine visited UAB's Engineering and Innovative Technology Development group - Here is what they found.
 
"Near the edge of campus, a group of UAB engineers is designing and building the ultimate refrigerator.
 
But these appliances don’t come with ice makers, and you won’t find them for sale in Lowe’s or Home Depot. Instead, the fridges, created by the Engineering and Innovative Technology Development (EITD) team in the UAB School of Engineering, are headed for a loftier home aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

After a weather delay on Thursday June 1, 2017, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft, launched from Kennedy Space Center on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 5:07 pm EDT. The Dragon spacecraft is transporting nearly 6,000 pounds of hardware, crew supplies, and scientific research to the International Space Station. This resupply mission is to support the Expedition 52 crew and the Expedition 53 crew members. Of the supplies and hardware onboard the Dragon, UAB's EITD group sent two Polar units (SN 014 and SN 016) and one Glacier to aid in scientific research on the ISS. The launch took place on launch pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida and was the 100th launch from this pad.